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Soldier, lover, adventurer, he fought and wenched his way to glory (and lechery, and skullduggery, and conduct unbecoming a gentleman)
For the first time in four years comes a new book in George MacDonald Fraser's long-running series chronicling the adventures of Sir Harry Paget Flashman. Eleventh in the series, Flashman and the Tiger features not one, but three stories of international intrigue that find the fictional Flashman thrown headlong into historical events around the world. This time out Flashman is thwarting an attempted assassination of Austria's Emperor Franz Josef ("The Road to Charing Cross"); getting to the bottom of the Tranby Croft gaming scandal-and the Prince of Wales' involvement in it ("The Subtleties of Baccarat"); and, in the title story, impacting the Zulu war while hunting down a longtime enemy. At once meticulously faithful to fact and wildly fanciful, Flashman and the Tiger is an educational romp through the annals of history; thirty years after he began the series, Fraser is at the top of his game.
Flashman's attempts to avoid military service in the Crimean fail, and he soon finds himself in the thick of things as the Russians begin to advance... and he is captured!
It's 1868 and Sir Harry Flashman, V. C. , arch-cad, amorist, cold-headed soldier, and reluctant hero, is back! Fleeing a chain of vengeful pursuers that includes Mexican bandits, the French Foreign Legion, and the relatives of an infatuated Austrian beauty, Flashy is desperate for somewhere to take cover. So desperate, in fact, that he embarks on a perilous secret intelligence-gathering mission to help free a group of Britons being held captive by a tyrannical Abyssinian king. That mission rapidly turns into one of the most famous expeditions in British military history, and along the way, of course, are nightmare castles, brigands, massacres, rebellions, orgies, and the loveliest and most lethal women in Africa-including a voluptuous African queen with a weakness for stalwart adventurers whom she nonetheless occasionally throws to her pet lions-who will test the limits of the great bounder's talents for knavery, amorous intrigue, and survival. Flashman on the March-the twelfth book in George MacDonald Fraser's ever-beloved, always scandalous Flashman Papers series-is Flashman and Fraser at their best. From the Hardcover edition.
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