It is 1860, and while China seethes through the bloodiest civil war in history, and the British and French armies hack their way to the heart of the Forbidden City, Harry Flashman hoodwinks them all.
Once again, that supreme anti-hero of the Victorian era, the one and only Harry Flashman, is ready to rise to the occasion no matter what depths of dishonor he must plumb. Lusting after a clergyman's wife, smuggling opium to Hong Kong, coupling with an Amazonian woman river pirate, groveling before a ruthless warlord, becoming the sexual plaything of the most beautiful and evil woman in the world, and cheerfully participating in yet another British rape of an ancient culture, this is the inimitable Flashman at his very worst. And, as all Flashman fans know, that means he's at his irresistible best in this, his most exotic and erotic, uninhibited and hilarious adventure yet.
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Flashy meets a fascinating Chinese Vixen Queen
The humor, adventure and risqué digressions.
And how. Flashy's perils are never ordinary. In 1840 China, he has much to fear at every turn, but naturally, his wits and good fortune (especially based on his allure for ladies of every stamp) see him through.
The Summer Palace interludes.
The thing about Flashman is that he's a rogue, a coward and a knave. But he spins a terrific yarn and the history behind all of his stories is sound. If you're sensitive or easily offended, don't even think about reading GMF. All the Flashman books are ridden with racism, sexism and imperialist superiority. Read these for the history and the fun, but know that they are the most politically incorrect novels to come out of the later 20th C.
- Eve Howard
the Flashman Series
- Mary Lou Wilson-Birsner