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If you are keeping track, this is the third installment of the Flashman papers "owned" by Mr. Paget Morrison. To recap the first two packets of papers (published in 1969 & 1970): Flashman has been expelled from Rugby School, served in the British army and survived a skirmish with Otto von Bismark. The third packet picks up in the year 1848 and seems to be initially edited by Flashman's sister-in-law, Grizel de Rothchild as the swearwords are heavily edited and the sex is practically nonexistent (unheard of for our Harry, but don't worry - it picks up!). This time Harry's adventure focuses on a trip to America (Washington and New Orleans) where he meets Abraham Lincoln, gets caught up in the slave trade (with the underground railroad and as a salve runner), and par for the course, nearly loses his life several times over. Once again, it's a woman who saves his bacon. ( )
  SeriousGrace | May 20, 2015 |
After a gambling scandal involving a woman (of course), Flashman is forced into the slave trade by his horrible father-in-law. Then he finds himself forced into rescuing slaves along the underground railroad. Along the way he meets Abraham Lincoln, who sees through that lying old Flashy, but likes him anyway. Although this is another raucous, gawdy, naughty Flashman adventure, Fraser doesn't neglect his history. If a callous old cad like Flashman can be horrified by the trade there may be hope for him yet. ( )
  varielle | Jul 11, 2014 |
Flashman becomes involved in slave trafficking and freeing slaves when his adventures take him to Africa and America. Good lecherous fun in the classic series. ( )
  Leischen | Dec 30, 2013 |
To me, this is the best of the Flahman series, the one that persuaded me to go on reading them after finding the original Flashman too daastardly and Royal Flash disgusting (I happen to love Prisoner of Zenda and could not bear the parody. Besides, it got Bismarck's politics wrong for the time in question.) In Flash for Freedom, though, Flashy is less dastardly and actually does help a slave escape and wins the approval of Abe Lincoln; in this one, as in some later ones, he really is more of a ppicaresque hero --lecherous and unheroic, but not as consistently caddish as in the first volume. ( )
  antiquary | Feb 15, 2013 |
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume three of the Flashman Papers, a narrative of the life and times of one of the most ne’er-do-well wastrels to ever grace the pages of a published autobiography.

This installment picks up where the second volume left off; Harry returns from his Continental adventures, having matched wits with one of the greatest statesmen of the 19th century, Otto von Bismarck, and changed the course of European history as a result. Soon, however, Flashman once again finds himself in a pickle, as a result of his roguish behavior. Forced to flee polite society until the resulting scandal blows over, Flash is relegated to crewing aboard a slaver, as it plies its trade on the African subcontinent and into Caribbean waters.

Following capture by the U. S. Navy, his adventures continue in the American South, where he is constantly on the move, just one step ahead of his presumptive captors. As has become the custom in Harry’s autobiographies, well known historical events pepper his experiences, as Abraham Lincoln plays a starring role in this adventure.

As in the previous two Flashman novels, our Harry is revealed as the premier coward and opportunist of his era; faults which he quite willingly admits and even boasts of. In one of his numerous, desperate scrapes, his self directed exhortation captures the true Flashman spirit:

“…-bristle up the courage of the cornered rat, put on the bold front, and to hell with them. Bluff, my boy- bluff, shift and lie for the sake of your neck and the honour of Old England.”

Uproariously funny and entertaining, this installment is every bit the equal of its predecessors. ( )
  santhony | Jan 18, 2011 |
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Liar, lecher, bully, coward - why waste such talents? A career in politics beckons for Flashman ...

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