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Publisher's Summary

In volume II of The Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent.
In this volume of The Flashman Papers, Flashman, the arch-cad and toady, matches his wits, his talents for deceit and malice, and above all his speed in evasion against the most brilliant European statesman and against the most beautiful and unscrupulous adventuress of the era.
From London gaming halls and English hunting fields to European dungeons and throne rooms, he is involved in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours, and (when he cannot avoid them) hand-to-hand combats. All the while the destiny of a continent rests on his broad and failing shoulders.
©2015 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter.... It is the verve of the storytelling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory." ( Sunday Telegraph)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Josef on 02-12-17

Halarious anti-hero.

Flashman is a cynical, cowardice, racist bully - the kind of man who we secretly do not hate entirely because we are not sure how to convincingly hold the position of total lack of admiration for such men. To his credit, he is a most talented polyglot, horseman, and womaniser, and his adventures in the midst of major macro political events of the 19th century takes the reader laughing though history's I'll-lit side-allies. There, the story's anti-hero upholds the British empire by running from its enemies, sleeping with the maximum possible amount of women, and more often than not manages to wriggle himself out of the absurd kinds of trouble he repeatedly finds himself in. Hilariously written. Excellent stuff.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Helen on 04-17-16

Flashman brought to life!

Fantastic story that races along paralleling Anthony Hope's famous novel. The narrator is absolutely perfect!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hammerhead on 07-25-15

Flashy does it again!

What made the experience of listening to Royal Flash the most enjoyable?

The narrator is good but I wish they would use a female voice for the female parts as it all sounds a bit pantomime with a bloke reading female responses.

What did you like best about this story?

Continues along the Flashman route,you can't get better.

What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is very good and keeps the momentum going.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

Just good fun stories

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3 out of 5 stars
By Alex on 12-17-17

Ruined by the wrong reader

I read all of the Flashman books many years ago and loved them, Flashman is described in the books as big and bluff and hearty, so with that image in mind, why choose this reader? He reads perfectly well, but not in a way suitable for this character at all. I had to stop listening as it just ruined it all for me. Maybe if I didn't already know the books and have my own version of the character's 'voice' in mind, it wouldn't matter, but I am so disappointed with it that I can't listen to any more. If they were read by someone suitable, I'd order them all.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Alex Q. on 07-07-17

Popcorn adventure

The story of a character so bad doing so well is somehow so much fun.

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