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Flashman on the March (Flashman Papers #12)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,386 ratings  ·  55 reviews
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 intelligen ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Anchor (first published August 1st 2005)
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Stephen Richter
Written in 2005, it is the last book of the series. I am mad at myself for not reading this series earlier. The Flashman is truly one of the great characters of literature. I can see the Flashman's influence in the works of Joe Abercrombie, whose character Jezal is a chip off the Flashy's block and Mark Lawrence's Jalan Kendeth is a direct descendent. Will there be another Flashman story ever? I hope so, after reading Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulksit is possible to add to a bel ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
And so it ends. No more Flashman. A hole opens up before me.... But what a super book to end on. I'd never even heard of the Abyssinian Campaign before! How a mighty British force made an amazing march through the Horn of Africa to free a few British prisoners held by a madman (Theodorus) at great cost (nine million pounds! In 1867!! No mean sum!!!) and barely any loss of life (on the British part) and then went home again, job done. Amazing!
Naturally our hero, Flashman, plays a not insignifican
By virtue of being the last Flashman novel Fraser put to paper before passing away, it is the end of the series. Sadly, we shall never know the full story of Flashy's adventures during the American Civil War. Though they referred to for one last time here, this novel takes place during an 1867-68 military expedition to Ethiopia (called by its then-current name, Abyssinia, in the novel) by which Her Majesty's soldiers seek to free British captives of a local tyrant. As usual, our spineless, self- ...more
I found this rather a disappointment, coming as the last Flashman book. It's rather a retread of the previous full-length story, Flashman and the Angel of the Lord, in that Flashman spends a while tootling about rather aimlessly before being present in the final days of a dangerously unstable historical figure whom he sees as deeply ambivalent. In both, the former part of the story is the more interesting.

While the society Flashman's visiting here is a fascinating one, there's little exploratio
Barbara Roden
In hindsight, knowing this is the last Flashman book we're going to have from Fraser, this is a good entry in the series, and a fitting endnote for Flash Harry. I do wish we'd heard more about his exploits in the Zulu War, or found out what side he ultimately sided with in the American Civil War, or even heard about any of his adventures in Canada during the early days of the Northwest Mounted Police, but this is a satisfying entry in the series, and sees Flashy going out on a high note.
The Flashman Papers comes to its end with Flashman on the March, not because the adventures of Flashy are over but because it was the last in the series George MacDonald Fraser completed before his death in 2007. Though a good, long life, Mr. Fraser died at 82, it was not long enough to complete the adventures of the eponymous hero Harry Flashman. The only Englishman whose life was and is deserving of such a history would be Winston Churchill and they both have, and will continue, to create quit ...more
Muthuprakash Ravindran
Flashman is back. I mean, back in my reading list. The last but one made me think of the many things that make me like the stories very much. For all his cowardliness and faults, Flashman has such a charm to attract, it is becoming difficult to imagine that I've only one book left to read. But then such is life.

In the March, as always, Flashman finds himself running from a jealous uncle who is mad at him for 'teaching' his niece the ways of the flesh, he lands in the middle of Africa with the tr
David Szondy
The twelfth installment of the Flashman papers continues the memoirs of Sir Harry Flashman*; famed hero, decorated officer of the British Army, one of the most outstanding figures of the Victorian era and a complete fraud.

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Ruediger Landmann
Reading this book was truly a bittersweet experience as it brought me to the end of a series that I have enjoyed so immensely that I recently complained to a friend that there were “only” twelve books in it.

I liked Flashman on the March more than many of the later novels: it avoids the formula that had set in and instead delivers a classic tale of cowardice mistaken as valour. There is no “B” storyline here, and although the formulaic element of Flashman being betrayed by a woman is still prese
Jansen Wee
Splendid! And in true Flashman style, too. Fresh from his adventures in Mexico following the US Civil War, his sea passage back to Europe was not uneventful (in the amourous sense), but landed him in trouble with the Austrian authorities when he disembarked at Trieste. His subsequent attempt to escape the present troubles in turn landed him in Abbyssinia, right at the start of the campaign, and of course more trouble. His old Army acquaintance, General Sir Robert Napier talks Flashy into taking ...more
Flashman finds himself on a secret mission in Abyssinia and tries his best to save his old skin while dealing with passionate queens and mad kings. Not the best of Flashman novels, as for large parts of it he just observes the events around him, rather than inadvertently influencing them with his poltroonery. Still, even an average Flashman novel is a vastly entertaining prospect.

George MacDonald Fraser's death last year means that this is the end of the road for Flashman, and we'll never know m
Dean Hamilton
"When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman"- Abraham Lincoln

"For an instant, even I was appalled. But only for an instant." - H.P. Flashman

When Sir Harry Flashman (VC, KCB) finds himself in desperate need of a quiet and quick exit out of Trieste ("ain't much of town unless your in trade or banking or some other shady pursuit...") to duck the enraged uncle of yet another amorous conquest, he ends up escorting a load of silver intended to support the British Expedition to Abyssinia in 1868. And
This is the last Flashman book. Author George MacDonald Fraser OBE b. April 2, 1925 d. January 2, 2008 age 82. It is really a sad way to open the new year. I am heartbroken knowing that there will never be a new Flashman book. So raise a glass of claret and toast one of the better authors that there was. NB: If you couldn’t pick up a whore in the Haymarket last week it was because of the official mourning period (people who have read the Flashman books will get the joke).

Well, the final Flashman
Fuzzy Gerdes
What a journey… finishing Flashman on the March I've now read all of the Flashman books. At the beginning I was appalled but kept reading. By the end I was lamenting the adventures of our scoundrel that I'd never get to read. One of Fraser's great techniques throughout the books was to scatter references to the rest of Flashman's life. For example, Flashman frequently refers to the fact that he fought on both sides of the American Civil War, and now I'm sorry that I'll never get to find out how ...more
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 or Toby Stephens.
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 dont start talking like a Victorian
A politically incorrect, but highly entertaining romp through a particular historical event with the very British adventurer and all around cad, Sir Harry Flashman. While this is the last in the Flashman series, it is the first I've read, but it's unlikely to be the last. Beyond the sometimes over the top good humor, the book offers a fairly good account of the historical events involved. The historical accuracy is reinforced by the information provided in the endnotes to the story. Yes, it has ...more
John Tallett
A fun way to learn some Victorian era history. Sir Harry Flashman an over-the-top character makes the potentially boring topic of British conquest interesting.
Feb 15, 2008 Benjamin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who always wished they could charge up Khyber Pass with the Gordon Highlanders.
Shelves: fiction
This, the last Flashman, was my first, and it will not be my last. Anyone who has an interest in the history of the British Empire combined with a sense of humor will enjoy this book. This particular book introduced me to the Abyssinian campaign, a part of British history I was totally unaware of. It was an enjoyable adventure story. The language and sentiments of the protagonist are quite course, so be warned if you are easily offended. The footnotes reveal that Fraser carefully researched this ...more
Women frequently don't like Flashman, but his total honesty in writing his "memoirs" (these are historically very accurate books, except for the presence of Flashman) appeals to me. His cowardice and "little head" constantly lead him into dangerous situations, including the Charge of the Light Brigade, Little Big Horn, nearly every warring hot spot in the 1800s, and plenty of beautiful barbarian women and psychopaths of both sexes. Unfortunately George MacDonald Fraser died before he could write ...more
I read all the Flashman books in order, as one should, in order to understand all the references Flashy makes. This one, sadly Fraser's last, had the typical 'laugh out loud' moments, but wasn't his best - I found the ending stretching out a little too long.

Having said that, finding (and reading all) has been an absolute pleasure - the writing is some of the best, and frankly Fraser's insights into human nature are spot on. Now I'll take on the rest of Fraser's works, and encourage all my readi
Ryan Lockwood
Flashman is a cowardly ass... that being said I love this series. Having read my way through many of the Sharpe and Hornblower chronologies I continuely come back to Frasers work. Despite the callowness of Flashy, you just cant help but like him. Fraser does an excelent job of emersing the reader in the Empire and brings many of the greatest moments in the Victorian era to life, even if his hero is constantly trying to weasel out of them.

These books are airport trash but every once and a while
Christopher Saunders
In his last misadventure, Flashy matches wits with a psychotic King and a variety of scheming beauties during Britain’s 1868 invasion of Abyssinia. Fraser nicely returns to form with exciting battle scenes, vivid descriptions of Abyssinian barbarity and sharply drawn characters. Flashy himself engages in characteristic crudity, alleviating accusations of “going soft.” Demerits include several dodgy plot contrivances and crabby Iraq War commentary towards the end. Flaws aside, March is a fine sen ...more
Flashy joins an expedition, led by Napier, to rescue British hostages of the mad Abyssinian king Theodore. This is one of the weakest entries in the series --- Flashman is almost nonchalant in his lack of fear, and rather than being placed right in the historical thick of things and given responsibility for important events, as in other books, here is merely an observer for the most part. So this is a bad Flashman book, which means it’s a fairly good historical fiction.
Deon Stonehouse
Flashman on the March by George MacDonald Fraser is historical fiction at its funniest. Handsome Sir Harry Flashman V.C. is marching into Africa, across Abyssinia to rescue a small band of English hostages from a mad Abyssinian King. Of course Flashman is out to seduce the ladies and keep his hide out of danger. Events have other things in mind for him, from going over a waterfall, to avoiding brigands, danger is everywhere. Flashman books are rollicking, outrageous fun.
One of my favorites. Flashman is on his way home from adventures in Mexico and is diverted to help with a British expedition in Abyssinia (Ethiopia, 1868) to rescue British hostages from a crazy King.

Provides great insight into an episode of British history that I am unfamiliar with, and does it with typical Flashman style. It was a time of horrendous atrocities, but as seen through the eyes of Flashman, it was darn enjoyable.
I found the unreliability of the narrator extremely grating at first, but as the book went on, the footnotes made up for it quite a bit. As my friend Eli said, it would have been more fun to read this book with wikipedia open to get the full background. I am probably not going to read any more of these until I have a solid background on the conflict that they are covering.
This is the last entry in one of my favorite historical series of all time. I knew very little about the Abyssinian War prior to this, and now I am inspired to read a lot more about it. And Flashman is up to his standard tricks. I'm especially intrigued by Fraser's depiction of Sir Robert Napier, about whom I knew very little before and now want to know rather more.
Flashy gets inadvertantly caught up in the Absyssinian Campaign while on the run from yet another indiscretion with a beautiful woman. He lands in the middle of one of the most celebrated campaigns of the Victorian era when a British Army was dispatched to rescue hostages in the remote Ethiopian mountains. Bawdy, hilarious and great fun.
Historical fiction at its rollicking dramatic best. We will miss George MacDonald Fraser and Flashman, his unforgettable creation. The gift of words, the attention to detail, and the character development are of the first rank. I still have a few more books to read based on the "Flashman Papers" and then I will be at a loss.
Tor Lundgren
Well, Flashman is always a fun read. This story had some excellent elements, and while it perhaps didn't quit measure up to a couple of the earlier volumes, it did harken back to the original Flashman story in some ways. Flashy exhibits a bit more of his rough and villainous streak. Good beach reading.
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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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