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I love the Flashman novels by George MacDonald Fraser. When Fraser died I simultaneously hoped for and dreaded someone taking up his his mantle and writing about Sir Harry or one of his forebears or descendants. I say hoped for because a good Flashman novel is a wondrous thing; I say dreaded because I feared it would be a horrible mashup.
I don't know whether Robert Brighwell is in good standing with Fraser's estate, but I certainly hope so, for I found this book a ripping, brilliant read-- or, I should say, listen. It's every bit as good, IMO, as the first Harry Flashman novel, which is my favorite, and reader Henry Clore Harrison has a delightful accent and is easy on the ears.
Thomas displays the family traits of a gift with languages, a way with the ladies, and blackguardedness, but seems considerably nicer than Harry. I find this fortunate, for if Harry had been much worse he would have been strapped across the mouth of a cannon and shot (as he indeed almost was), and too sweet a character wouldn't make for a good read. Thomas is his own man and not Harry's clone, which is as it should be, but if you turned him down and shook him hard, Harry might fall out, which is also as it should be.
I'm disappointed the third book in the series is not yet available in audio and astonished Brightwell hasn't caught the interest of the big publishing houses. I'll buy the other books in the series when they're available in audio, but I'm not going to wait-- I'm going to read the rest of Brightwell's Flashman books, starting immediately.
As an aside, I bought only one of Fraser's Flashman books. I was not entranced with the narrator, who sounds as if he were Harry in his 80s, recounting his adventures.
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I had read all the original Flashman books and do love them. I wasn’t sure that the adventures of his uncle would be as good. This book may be better. Like the original, Flashman meets all the known characters and adventures from history. But, this one isn’t quite as cowardly and base. If you like history, humor and a fast paced yarn this may be the book for you.