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Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (Flashman Papers #10)

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The tenth installment in The Flashman Papers finds Captain Harry Flashman of Her Majesty's Secret Service in the antebellum South, where the irrepressible, globe-trotting Victorian becomes the target of blackmailing beauties. Reprint. NYT. PW.
Paperback, 394 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Plume (first published 1994)
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Edward Erdelac
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 bei
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James
Mar 06, 2014 James rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but less than probably any other Flashman I've read. I felt that Fraser was passionately interested - or at least became so - in John Brown while writing this novel, and the parts where he tries to make a portrait of the man are powerful and well-done. It's just the rest of the book seems to have less effort put into it. It's slightly exaggerated: Flashman gets out of scrapes due to ever more unlikely coincidences, there are more sex scenes than usual and they seem just a ...more
David Tuck
Jul 16, 2014 David Tuck rated it really liked it
At the time of publication a Flashman fanatics idea of an American adventure was of course his involvement in the American Civil War. That Fraser never got chance (or around) to write it, is of course one of the great disappointments for fans of the papers. Indeed when I first read the book I think I spent quite a lot of time wishing he was writing about my preferred topic, my mood not being improved by the constant references to the great lost beast of the Flashman papers. The inclusion of ...more
Muthuprakash Ravindran
The problem with historical fiction is that it needs to have the right mix of history intermingled with the fiction without sounding ridiculous in the process. This installment of the Flashman papers suffers because the history part gets a little overwhelming with Flashman dangling in the midst.

And the great ensemble of the cast starting with the Governor of the Cape colony, Edward Grey to the (in)famous Allan Pinkerton, William Seward, more senators, Crixus from the Underground railroad, the K
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Ensiform
Feb 16, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical
Arriving at the Cape of Good Hope in 1858, poor Flashy is once again shanghaied by his old enemy John Charity Spring (who used his wanton, willful daughter as bait). Flashman is sent unwillingly to Maryland, where is forced to once more take on the disguise of Beauchamp Comber, British Navy officer and abolitionist agent. In short order, he is pressed by the Underground Railroad, the Klukos (an inchoate version of the KKK) and the US government itself, via Allen Pinkerton, to aid John Brown in ...more
Rick Brindle
Oct 30, 2015 Rick Brindle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Flashman roams through history again, this time playing a hand in John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. As usual, there are the incredible strokes of bad luck, which usually involve a woman, that leads him halfway round the world to his new (mis) adventure. This time, he changes sides (unwillingly) a bewildering amount of times.
As ever, there has to be a redefinition of Flashman. I'm still not convinced of his bad side, and still maintain he's no more or less of a coward than any of us, and quite
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Adam
Nov 16, 2015 Adam rated it liked it
The fictional Harry Flashman leaves Calcutta for home, but when he stops in Cape Town on his way to England, an alluring female attracts him ... and he ends up landing in the USA. The bulk of this occasionally raunchy tale is concerned with Harry's involvement with the anti-slavery activist John Brown and his famous assault on Harpers Ferry.

This book is history in the guise of a novel. Peppered with annoying references to lengthy historical endnotes, the author does not fictonalise American hist
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Steve Shilstone
Jan 04, 2016 Steve Shilstone rated it really liked it
This fine piece of historical fiction cleverly inserts self-proclaimed coward and accidental hero Harry Flashman into anti-slavery zealot John Brown's Harper's Ferry fiasco.
Ardee-El
Another extraordinary entry in the Flashman Chronicles, notable for its schizophrenic portrait of John Brown (he puts Flashy in one of the most dangerous positions of his career, driving our poltroon-of-a-hero crazy with his inability to act decisively__or rationally__and yet Flashy quite likes him) and for its surprisingly protracted beginning. If I__ve been less-than-charitable to how long Fraser sometimes takes getting things going, this novel sets a new record: Not only are we subjected to a ...more
Walt O'Hara
May 16, 2014 Walt O'Hara rated it liked it
Full Disclosure: This is a re-read, or more technically a re-listen, of a Flashman book I have already read. I have read all of the real (non-revisionist) Flashman papers in book form at some point in my life and think highly of them. Still, after not reading one for a decade or more one gets the urge to revisit old haunts. Besides, it was in-stock as a loaner in the local library system. The version I listened to was not the Audible version featuring Timothy West as a narrator, rather, it was ...more
Michele
Aug 27, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it
Once again, the unquenchable Flashman is off on a mad, bad, and totally unintentional adventure. While en route home, Flashy is shanghaied by his old enemy John Charity Spring, the Mad Don of Oxford, with the eager (to put it mildly) assistance of Spring's very sexy daughter. He ends up in America, where not one, not two, but THREE different groups respectively pay, strongarm, or blackmail him into becoming the second-in-command to abolitionist John Brown. Brown is in the midst of planning for ...more
Ruediger Landmann
Dec 26, 2013 Ruediger Landmann rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Flashman and the Angel of the Lord is the account of Flashman’s involvement with John Brown (the titular “Angel of the Lord”) and his raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859. As I noted in a previous review, the latter novels in this series had become a bit formulaic. This was fine with me (I liked the formula!) but it was still refreshing to read a slightly different Flashman novel again, because Fraser largely breaks with his formula here.

For his previous few novels, he’d been telling two quite separa
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Bettie☯
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as off-tbr-and-into-wpb
Shelves: published-1994
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David
Flashman And The Angel Of The Lord, by George MacDonal Fraser [volume 10 of The Flashman Papers], is more of the same from our hero but this time he's involved with the Harper's Ferry raid and ol' John Brown. After so many books, it is beginning to grate that there has been no character development. Over and over and over...and, oh yes, over again his pecker gets him into and, often, out of trouble. At some point Flashy should learn to be a little more discerning, but he never does.

The book was
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Doug
Feb 03, 2013 Doug rated it really liked it
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Now I'm sure you all know that I love the Flashman Series and consider George MacDonald Fraser to be our equivalent of Dumas so it'll come as no surprise to find that I really enjoyed this book. What surprised me is how "serious" it was. Oh yes, there's still those moments of totally insane and ribald humour as our poor hero falls from one frying pan into another - quite often as a result of his own inability to control his lustful character but, and here's the meat of the matter, this is a very ...more
Ian Mapp
Aug 18, 2016 Ian Mapp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, humour
10th of the series. First 8, I gave 5 stars, 9 got 4 stars and this has dropped another.

What could be happening?

The writing is identical between the books. The stories all place Flashman at the centre of a great historical event. Maybe I am getting a touch tired of the format? Maybe the Harper's Ferry Attack in mid nineteenth century America meant less to me than some of the other events? It could have been the links to previous adventures - where Flashman meets up with previous people from his
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Richard Parker
Jul 29, 2015 Richard Parker rated it really liked it
Flashman in good form.

Not the best Flashman book, a little bit too James Bond-ish, with far too many badly judged sex-ploits for even Flashy and a basic sense of reality to be maintained. Also this is quite a long book for a single event. Flashman tends to, at his best, go from frying pan, into the fire, into the furnace, somewhere even hotter and out the other side. But having said all that, it’s great fun and as historical novels go, its history is as good as you will get.

I would say word of
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Torben
Dec 27, 2015 Torben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In der neuen deutschen Edition vom Kuebler Verlag gelesen. Es ist Flashman, deshalb vier Sterne. Man lernt einiges über Harpers Ferry und John Brown. Die Story braucht aber einige Zeit, bis sie spannend wird. Dieses Buch sollte man nicht als erstes der Flashman-Manuskripte lesen. Hier muss Flashy dreimal überzeugt werden, bis er endlich zu John Brown geht. Die Art und Weise des Romanaufbaus sind wie immer genial. Große Schwäche: die Übersetzung mit unglaublich vielen Fehlern in Jahreszahlen, ...more
Kurtz
Jan 21, 2016 Kurtz rated it it was amazing
Harry Flashman is back in America, a country where he never has any luck, and this time he’s entangled with John Brown, the famous/notorious abolitionist. The story is the usual splendid mixture of richly observed history and rollicking fictional adventure. George MacDonald Fraser’s wonderful writing conjures up another collection of characters of the type that always make the Flashman Papers such a delight.

This volume connects with Flashman’s other American adventures (Flash for Freedom; Flash
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Stephen Richter
Dec 19, 2015 Stephen Richter rated it really liked it
Once again, George MacDonald Fraser has the Flashman appear in America to play witness to John Brown attempted taking of Harpers Ferry. As always, the Flashman is mistaken by various individuals as a great military mind, when in reality Flashy is a coward and rake. Some may complaint the Flashman novels follow a well worn path, the Flashman fools around with a woman that leads him into a situation that he must undertake due to his actions and, through dumb luck or cowardly design, he come out of ...more
Cynthia
Oct 28, 2010 Cynthia rated it really liked it
I found this book and several other in the Flashman series on a give-away pile. I've read two others, and really liked them. I wasn't especially interested in reading about John Brown and Harpers Ferry, but started reading this one because it was handy. I really liked it, and am now embarassed that I was so uninterested in this pivotal little moment in American history that I knew nothing about (even though John Brown was born about 45 minutes away from my house, here in Connecticut). Fraser is ...more
Christopher Saunders
Oct 12, 2012 Christopher Saunders rated it really liked it
After three subpar entries Flashman returns to form in his 10th adventure, another picaresque romp through antebellum America. The story is absurdly convoluted, with *three* separate conspiracies enlisting Flashman to alternately stop or initiate John Brown's Harper's Ferry raid. Fraser crams the narrative with historical figures (Alan Pinkerton, William Seward) and characters from previous entries (including classics-spouting nemesis John Charity Spring) but his chillingly vivid portrait of ...more
Fuzzy Gerdes
Dec 30, 2011 Fuzzy Gerdes rated it liked it
At some point when we were living in Maryland (so, sometime between third and ninth grade) I went on a school field trip to Harper's Ferry to learn about John Brown's Raid. I remember the scenery, and something about it being connected to the Civil War, but before reading this book I couldn't have told you anything about what actually happened in the Raid, nor what it signified. Now, thanks to that rapscallion Flashman, I know all about it, and indeed about the political state of the US at the ...more
John
Apr 12, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Deep into the Flashman series this but our hero, for all his familiarity, is holding up well. Getting him to America is slightly strained but once arrived we're off and all is well. John Brown is a tricky one to handle. Fanatic and terrorist definitely but also passionate abolitionist at a point where this was a fringe belief. It says a lot for GMF's deftness of touch that he's Presented to show both ends and with a healthy measure of fun too.
Nathan
Jan 18, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flashy gets caught up in the 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry that helped spark the American Civil War. Not the best of the stories, with a series of slapstick coincidences after a strong start. As with Flashman and the Great Game, Fraser seems here to be quite keen to describe the featured historical events with some pathos. This in itself is a good thing, but in this particular case it jars a bit with Flashy's own character. Rated M for violence, moderate coarse language and adult themes. 3/5
Gerry Germond
Jul 02, 2015 Gerry Germond rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, civil-war
A fun quick read, and the usual go with good ol' Harry Flashman, V.C., etc. The real star is the history, in this case represented by John Brown himself. The reader meets him and other interesting characters, both real and fictional, behind Brown's hare-brained plot to start a slave rebellion with the seizure of the armoury at Harper's Ferry. I came away with an appreciation of all behind it and with curiosity about the history, secret organizations, and the abolitionist movement.
Rahul Mukherjee
Feb 25, 2016 Rahul Mukherjee rated it it was ok
Portrayal of John Brown is somewhat slow to build up. The novel in comparison to other Flashman works, a bit long drawn. Its lacked the fast paced narrative of the other works. Still we knew the song Glory Glory Hallelujah and never thought about the story of John Brown. Nice way to tell us about the man. That is most important in this story. Thats what we gain from Fraser's work. Thanks.
Scott
Jul 30, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it
It's the 10th Flashman book. If you're reading this ... well, why the hell would you be? If you dig Flashman (and you should), then you will dig this. And even if I told you that you wouldn't, sh*t this is #10. You're going to skip it? By now you've decided to plow through the lot of them, so not much I can say here will sway you either way. But you'll dig it.
Jennifer
Jul 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
You wouldn't want him around your daughter, but Harry Flashman's "coverage" of Harper's Ferry establishes him as a historian without peer. Cameos of Lincoln and Pinkerton are also pitch-perfect in this entertaining and educational novel. I'm not sure, though, why Fraser takes so long to get his protagonist to America at the start of the book.
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He 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 ...more
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