This is the second instalment in the life story of Thomas Flashman, the uncle of the notorious Victorian rogue Harry Flashman, whose memoirs have already been published; edited by George MacDonald Fraser.
Thomas shares many of the family traits, particularly the ability to find himself reluctantly at the sharp end of many major events of his age. This book takes him to territory familiar to readers of his nephew's adventures in India, during the second Mahratta war. It also includes an illuminating visit to Paris during the Peace of Amiens in 1802.
As you might expect, Flashman is embroiled in treachery and scandal from the outset and, despite his very best endeavours, is often in the thick of the action. He intrigues with generals, warlords, fearless warriors, nomadic bandit tribes, highland soldiers and not least - a four-foot-tall former Nautch dancer, who led the only Mahratta troops to leave the battlefield of Assaye in good order.
Flashman, gives an illuminating account with a unique perspective. It details feats of incredible courage, (not his, obviously), reckless folly, and sheer good luck that were to change the future of India and the career of a general who would later win a war in Europe.
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Gave Me Chills
I'm a fan... trending toward superfan. I got chills on multiple occasions while listening to "Flashman and the Cobra". I felt like I was there at the Battle of Assaye, storming the fortress of Gawilghur, or experiencing Flashman's revelation about Solomon / Salame.Robert Brightwell not only knows how to tell a tale, but also knows how to make the little things pay off. He does his homework, crafting a big story of big historical events while keeping the details that ground it in reality and make it believable and relatable.
Thomas himself, of course, but the Begum of Samru and Freddy Carstairs will always stay with me, along with the fierce warriors of the rajput.
Mr. Harrison did an excellent job throughout, including recreating accents without descending into mockery. He has a different tone than David Case (who narrates the Flashman Chronicles), but it has a similar comfortable flavor.
Can't recommend it highly enough, both the performance and the story. Fraser would be very, very proud of Mr. Brightwell's work.
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Thomas Flashman is a welcome hero
You can say alot about Thomas but boring isn't one of them. It is true that the Gods must have a sense of humor. I have enjoyed both of his books and look forward to the next
I have read may books with different types of heroes but Flashie is a very reluctant one who seems to get thru.No books can compare
Mr Harrison has a very professional performance and both of his books I have listened to were excellant and look forward to many more
Without a doubt it would be Thomas he is a most interesting fellow
I hope that Mr Brightwell will keep these books coming We have enjoyed them