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Flashman in the Great Game (original 1975; edition 2006)

by George MacDonald Fraser

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Title:Flashman in the Great Game
Authors:George MacDonald Fraser
Info:HarperCollins (2006), Paperback
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Flashman in the Great Game by George MacDonald Fraser (1975)


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We have been following Harry Flashman through his adventures (the Afghanistan War, encounters with Count Bismarck and Lola Montes, the African slave trade and the Crimean War). This time the year is 1856 and he is caught up in the Great Indian Mutiny and this is, by far, his bloodiest adventure yet. Flashman has been chosen to be a secret agent to discover who is cooking up the rebellion. Thanks to his knowledge of various languages and his ability to blend in with the natives Flashy is able to discern the enemy is none other than his old nemesis, Count Nicholas Pavlevitch. Once again, coward Harry Flashman is in the thick of it, battling Russian spies, secret assassins, rampaging mutineers and Thugs. But, that doesn't mean he doesn't have time for a quick roll in the hay with prostitutes and even Lakshmaibai, the "Jezebel of Jhansi." Some things never change. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jul 12, 2015 |
This is the first Flashman book set in India after the debut, this time our antihero is sent on a fool's errand by Palmerston to investigate rumors of russkies spreading trouble in the colonies. The usual sequence of unwilling heroics follows.
Flashy is pretty much a straightforward hero in this one. Sure, it's all against his will, but nothing he does in this book contains any of the malice of some of his acts of the previous ones, he even displays true empathy at several points in the novel! ( )
  Matteocalosi | Jul 30, 2014 |
Another fun adventure with our favorite despicable Flashman. In this mash up of the late stages of the Raj, there are Russian villains with designs on India and Flashy's life as well as a fetching Rani with a fondness for swings. There are many first hand accounts of this period and Fraser weaves the facts into the narrative with his usual skill. Flashman goes under disguise for most of the book passing himself off as a Pathan soldier witnessing the Great Sepoy Mutiny and all it's bloody consequences. In spite of his cowardly heart, dear Harry shows some genuine compassion, sentimentality, wisdom, and dare I say it, bravery. Quite shocking, I know. ( )
  varielle | Apr 23, 2014 |
Just what I needed that summer, mindless fun. Who was it used to swear "By the Great Harry!' At any rate, just as much fun as "Kim", and a good deal less earnest. read twice so far. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 8, 2013 |
Flashman in the mutiny --predictably cowardly at times, but involved with the beautiful and dashing rebel Rani of Jhansi, who nowadays, so my Indian students tell me, is a national or at lest regional hero. I doubt they would approve of this version of her, though it is admiring in its way. Flashy (in INdian disguise) predictably almost gets blown off a cannon a a rebel by the British. ( )
  antiquary | Feb 13, 2013 |
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Snatched by Lord Palmerston from the pleasures of Balmoral Castle and ordered to India, Harry Flashman rollicks and randies from revolt to massacre to siege to ordeals of the chamber, surrounded by the great Indian Mutiny of 1857.

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