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Book Title: Flashman and the Angel of the Lord|
The author of the book: George MacDonald Fraser
Date of issue: June 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780452274402
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In this installment Harry Flashman winds up entangled in abolotionist John Brown's disastrous but seminal Harpers Ferry raid, an event which almost singlehandedly plunged the United States into the Civil War.
I've studied John Brown and the Harpers Ferry raid pretty extensively for other projects, and as an admirerer of Brown, and I was very curious to see how Flashy and Fraser were gonna pull this off. It's a circuitous route that leads the cowardly Flashman into Brown's presence, including being shanghaied by an old enemy and pressed into service by the Kuklos (a precursor to the KKK that may have been inspired by the Knights Of The Circle), Pinkerton and the US Secret Service, and the abolition movement simultaneously.
Again, much of the history is spot on (even learned a few things I intend to look up and verify), but this one felt just a little bit forced, and Flashy a bit out of character. I was pretty forgiving of it because Flashman's estimation of Brown mirrored my own for the most part, but the affection he has for Brown doesn't totally pan out for me, given his preestablished character (Flashman's), his disbelief in the cause, and his constant eye rolling at Brown's methods. Seeing everything through his eyes was interesting as always though.
I did feel like one of the female characters' story lines was tied up and written out almost as an afterthought.
It's evident Fraser has the same fondness (or fascination) for John Brown as his creation.
A good entry, but not as great as the original or Flashman And The Tiger.
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Read information about the authorHe is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown's School Days. The novels are presented as "packets" of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century. The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics. P.G. Wodehouse said of Flashman, “If ever there was a time when I felt that ‘watcher-of-the-skies-when-a-new-planet’ stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman.”
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