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Flashman on the March (Flashman Papers #12)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,715 Ratings  ·  69 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
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, adventure
Not the finest Flashman but still head and shoulders above most other roguish anti heroes. This time Flashy is caught up in the British invasion of Abyssinia to secure the release of hostages held by Emperor Tewodros II sometimes known as Theodore. There's all the usual stuff, sex, violence, cowardly behaviour, lots of fascinating historical fact with Flashy woven into it seamlessly. The only reason this isn't the usual 5 stars is that Flashman never feels like he's in the usual, constant terrif ...more
Four stars for the book itself, but an extra one just because, you know, damn.

Fraser wrote his first Flashman book way back in 1969...and continued writing them for the next 35 years, publishing the last one - the twelfth one, this one - in 2005. And I'll be darned if this last one isn't as good and fresh as the first one, and reads like it could have been written yesterday. To put that in perspective, Ian Fleming only wrote James Bond for 13 years, from 1953-1966. The nearest comparison (that I
Sep 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rick Brindle
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Flashman's contribution to Napier's Abyssinia campaign is detailed in this story. It starts with Flashy's escape from Mexico, and the usual reasons for his need for a sharp exit on landfall (a woman). Again, as usual, he ends up with a less than direct route back to Elspeth.
Which, while it sounds formulaic, is fine.
The trouble for me with this novel, is that the formula isn't stuck to all the way through. THe first half of the novel is great, the usual Flashy hijinks, the usual scrapes with exo
Barbara Roden
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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When last we saw Flashman (chronologically according to the dating of his adventures__Flashman and the Dragon__not the order in which Fraser wrote them), he had just witnessed the British destruction of China__s summer palace, was eagerly awaiting a P & O cape ship (successor to the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company) to take him back to the supposedly unfaithfully loving arms of his wife, Elspeth and, in proving that his inability to be idle is his most self-destructive qual ...more
Dean Hamilton
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Peter Tillman
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fiction
Yet Another Flashman adventure, this time to Abyssinia, 1868, on a British rescue/punitive mission against mad King Theodore (Toowodoros) at Magdala. Another fine outing for Flashy, and more entertaining reading for us: ". . a tawny young beauty remarking to my captors: 'If we feed him into the fire, little by little, he will speak. . . .' Aye, it's an interesting country, Abyssinia."

"Sir Harry Paget Flashman isn't just another eminent Victorian; he is also the stuff of legend and truly an inspi
Rickard Brivald
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful as ever. Can't believe this is the last one and that there never will be more. Time for a reread of the entire series I think. Maybe not the best one of the series but still so much better than everything else out there.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: flashman
Oh, Harry Flashman, here we are again for the very last time, and everything is present and correct. Flashman once again gets himself embroiled in political and military events, due to him trying to get himself out of more trouble, (this time, as so often is the case, down to a young lady).

I should hate Flashman - he's a racist, sexist, coward, who do whatever he can to get out of any kind of responsibility and get into practically an lady's knickers. Yet he's charming, (which is why he is often
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
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ruediger Landmann
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
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
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
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never knew the British sent a war expedition to Abyssinia. Flashman escapes Vienna and the outraged family of a young German woman he ravished on the ship from the US to Europe. He finds himself on the way to Egypt, then Jedda, then a British port in Abyssinia, where he is to deliver a huge amount of silver to Robert (Bughunter) Napier to pay his troops' expenses while he wages war against the self-proclaimed King Theodore. Naturally, Flashman assumes he can get away without helping win the batt ...more
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
Jun 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jansen Wee
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carlene Cayenne
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The very last book of an excellent series. It's too bad, I was really hoping to read how Flashman takes on the north and the south in the American Civil War. Oh well, I really enjoy this man's writing mainly because it's a damn good read but also because of the history involved. Mr. Fraser really does justice to the actual events in history and coupled with a character like Harry Flashman, I don't know, it's quite a combination.

I am sad because the more I read of Harry Flashman the more I enjoye
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gerry Germond
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 19th-century
The (sob) last of the Flashman series, the author having died in 2008, this one places Our Hero in the British Abyssinian Campaign of 1868. As usual, it’s a place Flashman doesn’t seek but receives as a result of his (usually undeserved) fame. The historical novel has the usual romance—okay, sex—, hairbreadth escapes, villains who capture and torture him, and lots of great history and biography, especially considering that many readers aren’t likely to know of the Abyssinian Campaign, Emperor Th ...more
Feb 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
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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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