Wednesday 18 April 2012

Book Review#11. - Royal Flash

‘Royal Flash’ is my second outing with that scoundrel Flashman and wonderfully entertaining it was too!   Although personally unfamiliar with the Revolutions of 1848, when the story is set, MacDonald Fraser knits together fact and fiction in such a way that you can’t help be swept along, no matter how implausible the storyline.   The start of the novel finds our man, Flashman, cooling his heels after the Afganistan campaign only to be swept up in a bizarre plot hatched by Bismarck and revolving around the Schleswig-Holstein question.  Those who have read the 'Prisoner of Zenda' by Anthony Hope will notice immediate parallels with that story; in fact Flashman explains that this is because the story was plagiarised from him by its author!

This, then, is another hugely entertaining romp and only misses out on four crowns do to my ignorance of the period in which it is set. That said it is more than worthy of three crowns.

My apologies for the brevity of this review and post but I must get back to my 'must have' list for 'Salute 2012'.  A recent estimate put the projected spend far too close to the current national debt;  a little trimming might be required!  Myself and the 'Provost Marshal' will be heading up from the 'Sunshine Coast' on the morning of the great event and I look forward to putting a few faces to names.  Should be a great day out.


  1. I have to get around to get those Flashman books as they do seem a scream. How a great day at salute

  2. Personally, I found this to be the weakest of the series because it is the only one not based in historical fact (other than meeting the young Bismarck, and having the 1848revolutions as a background).

    Still, it's classic Flashman; screwing willing young fillies, then blubbering in terror when faced with danger, but always coming out on top with his reputation enhanced!

    1. I'm so glad you said that! Whilst I enjoyed the romp it wasn't really a patch on the first.

  3. I must get round some day to picking up one of the Flashman novels, he does sound like my sort of cad!

    Enjoy Salute!

  4. I need to read one of these novels eventually, I'm working on my list but it's looking like the US deficit totals...see you Saturday!

  5. Flashman is a fabulous character. I love his stories. A real bounder. Those of you have not read them its is a treat, do it!

  6. I read a couple of Flashman books quite a few years ago and really enjoyed them. I will have to dig the series out on Kindle once I have finished reading Game of Thrones.


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