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Flashman and the Mountain of Light (Flashman Papers #9)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,743 ratings  ·  51 reviews
George MacDonald Fraser's famous Flashman series appearing for the first time in B-format with an exciting new series style, ready to please his legions of old fans and attract armies of new ones. The Flashman Papers 1845--1846 Volume Nine With the mighty Sikh Khalsa, the finest army ever seen in Asia, poised to invade India and sweep Britannia's ill-guarded empire into th ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published March 27th 1991)
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Raegan Butcher
If any criticism can be leveled at the Flashman books it is that they are heavily formulaic. Each novel invariably features Flashman going undercover in an exotic foreign land, wearing some sort of native garb, bedding a wild variety of women, escaping with his life from some of the most memorable Victorian era battles, disasters and massacres. As such, this is a solid, if unspectacular entry in the series featuring more sex and palace intrigue than usual.
Ensiform
With this volume, we find Flashy in the Punjab in 1845, witnessing and spying in the first Sikh War (or Rebellion, if you look at it from the British view). Reading so much Cornwell for the past year made me forget just how good Fraser is. Cornwell is good, certainly --- but this is highly detailed, thoroughly researched historical fiction, managing to be both more of a dramatic page-turner and more erudite than any Sharpe book. I’ve commented before on Flashy’s growing heroism, and nowhere is i ...more
Muthuprakash Ravindran
Why Flashman is so much fun to read? Probably because he is such a scoundrel who will sell his mother to save his hide and will boast about it as well? or is it because he is so much charming in his villainy that it is irresistible (to the ladies, anyway!) Here he is fresh from his ordeals in Madagascar and lands in the middle of the First Anglo-Sikh war and all the intrigues it involved. The old hands from the Afghan war are here, Broadfoot, Havelock, Sale etc with some more newer ones ready to ...more
Clint
Though not the greatest in the Flashman series, it is definitely a worthwhile read. Once again Fraser's craven hero(stolen from Tom Brown's School Days) finds himself in the soup during the Sikh wars. He lies, cowers, begs, toadies, and fornicates his way to glory.

The Flashman series kicks English colonialism and heroism firmly in the nads. Not a bad history lesson either.
Patrick\
Flashman is for the ages, as pointed out in this book. He is always at a pivotal point in history and helps make the turn, unwillingly and anadvertantly. The bad boy as man continues to make the best of reads in accurate historical settings. Don't miss Flashman.
Ac
I've read a number of the Flashman series books, and decided to pick this one only because it concerns India. Has some decent amount of historical information as most of the books do. I may want to read a history of the Koh-i-noor after reading this novel.
Bernard Dogon
Kicks ass, rollicking good read about an English officer who's a total bastard yet always lands with his ass in the butter... very funny, raunchy and educational, as the author always portrays him crucial historical events that changed history.
F.R.
For some unknown reason I take great pleasure in reading Flashman on long train journies. I guess tales of cowardice in the Victorian age make the mundane trip go quicker. Sadly I only have a few more to go.
Rina
I didn't like this Flashman as much as the others I've read, because it contains a lot of military history--very much the schoolboy read, complete with gyrating Oriental orgies. Ahem.
Olethros
-Más bellaquerías de nuestro querido bellaco.-

Género. Novela (y a su manera, al fondo, casi novela histórica llena de ficción).

Lo que nos cuenta. Nueva entrega de las memorias de nuestro antihéroe sin escrúpulos favorito, que al haber sido “encontradas” en desorden no siempre siguen una línea temporal, por lo que en esta ocasión nos lleva a las aventuras que le condujeron al Punjab a mediados del siglo XIX, a la guerra sij y a entrar en contacto con el famoso diamante Koh-i-noor. Cuarto libro de
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Sarbjit
Who knew that Sikh history could be full of sex drugs and rock & roll.
Julien
Not my favorite Flashman, but any Flashy is better than none.
Jonathan
In which Flashman is remarkably brave much to his own suprise.
Rick Brindle
Of course the Flashman novels follow a formula, but they are no less entertaining because of it. In this installment, we are taken on Flashman's unique journey through the first Sikh war. Browbeaten into going to India as war looms, Flashman once again becomes the very unwilling hero, sent into the Punjab to essentially spy on the Empire's upcoming new enemy. There is the usual fighting, mixing with the locals, near scrapes, and of course, Flashy gets to grips with numerous women along the way. ...more
Gerhardt Himmelmann
When I reviewed the previous volume in this series, I noted how increasingly formulaic it was becoming. Well, be careful what you wish for, because in Flashman and the Mountain of Light, Fraser breaks with his formula, and how I wish he hadn’t!

This is a most peculiar installment of the Flashman Papers, in that it reads mostly like a straight espionage adventure novel. The setting is the first Anglo-Sikh War and Flashy finds himself spying at the court of Maharani Jeendan (Jind Kaur), who provid
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I'm beginning to wonder about Flashman... is he really a work of fiction? I merely ask this because his world is populated by such extrovert characters - sluttish maharanis who perform strip-tease before their troops in order to keep them under control, bandit courtiers whose adventures would be considered preposterous if they appeared in fiction, praying politicians who happily send off their agents to "roger" the opposition in order to manipulate events. All of the characters are larger than l ...more
Kyle Sullivan
Harry Flashman is 23, good-looking, and considered by many in England to be the epitome of a British soldier. That he's a craven coward, a scoundrel, and would knock his grandmother on her tail if she got between him and beautiful woman he wants to ravish is beside the point; he's also damn lucky. Because no matter what kind of scrape he gets himself into, he winds up coming out looking like a hero.

This is the 9th book in his so-called memoirs, all told out of sequence, where he winds up in the
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Kay
A ripping yarn. Sped through it in two days, licked my chops, and wanted to reach for the next episode. This is the third in the series I've read, and once again I'm in awe of the depth of GMF's scholarship and ability to insert Flashy plausibly into the most implausible circumstances. I'd read some other accounts peripheral to this book, most notably The Man Who Would Be King: The First American in Afghanistan by Ben Mcintyre, but otherwise remained more or less blissfully ignorant of the main ...more
Max
Fraser attempts the near impossible here, documenting the circumstances of the first Anglo-Siekh war and the transformation of the khalsa in the Punjab. Flashman, the lying, conniving, cowardly, sometimes-raping beast protagonist, finds himself shipped off to India where he quickly plows his way through all things dark and moist. This third (chronological) book feels head-spinningly labyrinthine at times with a main cast of a dozen or more vying for power. Flashman and his plumbing are again at ...more
Doug
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Robin Carter
For a long time people had expounded the brilliance of the flashman and the books are damn fine to read, i don't think it needs me or anyone else to write a review saying about the high quality of the writing and characters... but for me the real brilliance comes to the fore when the book is read by the likes of Rupert Penry-Jones / Toby Stephens / Jonathan Keeble or Timothy west.
I love to listen to the Flashman books on audio format when im on holiday, the only issue i have is to make sure i do
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Tim S.
This entry in the Flashman Papers was okay but not terribly funny, despite the cover blurbs. Flashy doesn’t really do much this time out beyond engaging in the expected bedroom romps and dodging a couple assassination attempts. Much of the novel just felt like a history lesson on the First Anglo-Sikh War based on the author's own readings. How much you’ll enjoy that probably depends on how much you enjoy reading straight military history. I tend to get a bit drowsy while reading about flanking m ...more
Clint
Jun 14, 2013 Clint rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
One zillion stars! This is the first Flashman book I've ever read, I'd never even heard of them before randomly buying it in used bookstore one day because I thought the cover was funny (same as the edition used for this review).

Holy crap, had I been missing out. This series, which follows the hilarious, cowardly, super sexy Flashman in the 1840s all over the world, where he happens to always be in the exact right place at the right time to reap all the benefits of being a hero, is probably goi
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Tom
Of the 4 or 5 I've read so far, this is the best Flashman book I've come across. Only the first one even comes close. It's aided by an amazing cast of characters, but the impressive thing about the books (at least in the order I've read them, somewhat constrained by my local library) is the characters keep getting more outlandish and over-the-top. Impressive because they're all historical figures. Like all the better Flashman books I've found, this makes me want to go dig up some of the original ...more
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
This is my favorite of Fraser's later Flashman novels. In this volume, our villainous hero gives us his take on the first Sikh war. It's great fun.

As always when I re-read one of the Flashman books, I find myself regretting that he never finished his volume of Flashman's "memoirs' on the American Civil War.
Nathan
In which Flash returns to the Northwest Frontier in India and gets caught up in a messy little colonial war against a brazen strumpet. From what I've read, the Flash books are a notch better if they throw him into his own social milieu and have him deal with his peers, rather than with non-Europeans and especially non-Brits. This clarifies just how different he is to others of his ilk and sharpens the satire. I liked it. Rated MA15+ for sex scenes, sexual reference, moderate coarse language and ...more
Christopher Saunders
Eighth Flashman adventure has our wily anti-hero entangled in the Anglo-Sikh Wars. This is easily the dullest Flashman book, a thoroughly rote entry from beginning to end. The locales are familiar (this is Flashy's fourth trip to India), the battle scenes anemic, the characters flat, and even the big erotic set-piece (a jewel-passing orgy) is more strange than sensual. The worst part is that Flashman himself is a passive spectator to most events, resulting in a lot of clinically dry descriptions ...more
Cynthia
This is the first Flashman book I've read. I was intrigued by the series, but a little nervous that I would find Flash disgusting. He isn't as bad as the book jacket copy makes him seem, and his caddishness is not described in too much detail. This is actually a really interesting history book, exploring the first Sikh War in India. I found it a little hard to keep track of all the characters, but the story is interesting and it moves quickly.
Ton
This was the first Flashman book I read, and I absolutely loved it. Flashy has lost some of his sharper edges, but is still a coward and a scoundrel. Flashy gets appointed British ambassador to a region in India about to rebel against the Empire, but Flashy's not quite up to speed. Lots of fun, mostly because of the way in which Flashman reflects both on himself and the events he witnessed.
Carrol
This book is a great work of historical fiction. The footnotes entice the reader to do more research. The read is fun as well; a great combination. Highly recommended. Note: I am reading the Flashman books in chronological order of our hero; not in the order they were written by the author. This is the fourth book in historical order.
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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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