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Flash for Freedom! (Flashman Papers #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,482 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
When a dirty-dealing card game forces Flashy to flee London, he lands on a boat bound for America, only to discover that it is really a slave ship headed for Africa, and then New Orleans. Before this American odyssey ends, our man Flash will meet up with an interesting cast of characters, including an African king, a hothouse madam who can make magnolias bloom, and a certa ...more
Trade Paperback, 281 pages
Published August 1st 1985 by Plume (first published 1971)
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Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the slight dip that was the second entry of the series, Royal Flash, Flash for Freedom marks a triumphant return to form for the character. Harry “bushy whiskers” Flashman is firmly and confidently back in the saddle. And what a glorious show with plenty of rollicking, non-PC fun Fraser has on offer here, while providing a historically accurate framework for Flashy to mess around in like – how fitting - a pig in mud.

Here we have our brutish, venal, lecherous cad as his globetrotting old s
Evan Leach
Perhaps, dear reader, you finished The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn and said “that was pretty good, but what really would have put this book over the top is if they replaced Huck with a borderline sociopath (sporting a full set of whiskers):

img: Flashman

Well, George MacDonald Fraser has answered your prayers with the third entry in the Flashman series. This book covers a lot of territory, with the protagonist zipping all over three continents over the course of just over 350 pages, but the bulk of the stor
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who is Flashman? He is:

a boor
a coward
a liar
a cheat
a womanizer
a woman abuser
a bully

You get the idea..... but Flashy has a habit of stepping in shit and somehow coming up like a rose.

This book has him fleeing scandal in Europe aboard a slave ship bound for Africa and then America. As you can imagine, a series of misadventure ensues and has him doing Flashman type things on plantations and steamboats circa the 1840's.

These books are extremely politically incorrect to say the least, they probably
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
Accused (falsely, amazingly enough) of cheating in a friendly game of cards, Flashy injures the accuser in a rage. His reputation damaged, Flash joins a ship’s crew until the scandal cools down – only to realize to his horror (his own neck being on the line, of course) that it’s a slave ship. Here begin Flashy’s adventures on the high seas and America, where at various times he is dragooned and bluffs his way into nearly every role concerning the slave trade: buyer, trader, seller, driver on a p ...more
Tom Meyer
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you combined Edmund Blackadder's ethics, James Bond's way with the ladies, and Forest Gump's ability to be present at history's great moments -- and dressed him up in a handsome 19th century uniform with dashing facial hair -- you'd have Flashman.

This is by far my favorite of the series thus far. As much fun as Flashy's lechery and treachery are, the scene-stealer in this one is Abraham Lincoln. It's an insightful and not terribly flattering portrayal of the great man that -- were it not for
Michael Hołda (Holda)
Historical fiction of Englishman, soldier, traveler, talented linguist& charming scoundrel who visits africa in journey back home. Though as texas slave dealer he have to find his way back through pre- Civil War ameircan states first. After plot of politicts in England. He finds himself friend of slaves and Abraham Lincoln too, who helps him in court. Unjust,treacherous,cowardice and with greate luck, Harry Flashman expeienced in first afgan War(read first book)always gets back to his wealth ...more
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fraser really revels in his un-PC approach to the telling of these stories but this one is particularly hard on a sensitive 21st century soul like myself.

While he has created a reasonable context for Flashman, both a realistic portrayal of the times and a particularly selfish hero, just seeing nigger, coon and relentless references to black people looking like monkeys used so freely and without judgement is hard to take at times, especially the callous way slaves are dealt with at sea. And yet i
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
It's 1848 and the philandering cad Sir Harry Flashman becomes embroiled in slavery.

Now a reluctant secret agent, Sir Harry Flashman finds himself fleeing for his life.

Stars Joss Ackland and Rhys Meredith.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third novel in the Flashman Papers series, Harry Flashman again battles for self-preservation as he journeys on a slaving ship to Africa and then arrives in the United States where he finds himself working on first one then the other side of the slavery/abolition debate. Politically incorrect, yet ever so roguishly entertaining.
Nick Gibson
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flashman's picaresque adventures take him to West Africa and ultimately America, where he meets Lincoln and tries his hand at slaving as well as abolitionism. Not for the politically correct.
Jamie Collins
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
In this installment Flashman works as a crewmember on a slave ship traveling from Europe to Africa and then on to New Orleans, where he ends up working for the underground railroad assisting runaway slaves to escape to the north. Of course, his participation in both these occupations is involuntary and since they both involve personal danger he isn't well pleased with either of them.

This book was very good, perhaps my favorite so far, but it did have me cringing in places. I avoided reading it i
-Repaso humorístico de realidades históricas incómodas pero ciertas.-

Género. Novela (y a su malévola manera, casi, sólo casi, Novela Histórica).

Lo que nos cuenta. La carrera política de nuestro truhán favorito termina antes de empezar cuando le hacen pasar por tramposo durante una partida de cartas totalmente casual e intrascendente pero en la que juegan personas importantes y en la que reacciona a la acusación de forma casi homicida. Harry es embarcado inmediatamente para que abandone Inglaterr
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third Flashman novel is relatively dark in comparison to the two that came before it. The novel's plot revolves around Flashman trying to avoid getting in personal danger, spiced with false identities and surprise twists and turns along the way - basic Flashman, you could say. The darkness is largely due to the subject matter: slavery and slave trade. Flashman is tricked into becoming part of a slave trade ship's crew and while he does not mind the promise of good pay, he is afraid of being ...more
Wow. I learned a lot about the slave trade during the 1840's. I wasn't happy with what I learned. My heart hurt many times over for the pain they suffered. However, Flashman managed to get himself in and out of trouble and save a slave in the process. He also managed to make me laugh because he was such a cad. He introduced me to a side of Abe Lincoln that I hope really did exist. He used the derogatory word Nigger over and over again but that was to be expected because that was the term used fo ...more
Before anyone jumps down my throat, I know a lot of people who love Frazer's Flash books. Plenty of them are discerning readers. So this less than stellar review is strictly my opinion. But, for me, it wasn't funny and I really hated the main character, although that was at least in part the point. He's a coward. I read it because I'd heard from many people about how good the books were. I'll never read another. Life is too short.

The best thing about this book was the cover, which was more barba
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another great one on the series. love the flashman. he is up to his neck in trouble and blamming everyone else as usual. he is so much fun to follow.
Lucas Johnson
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fraser is too good at scenery and character. There is something spooky about it. Worth pulling from the shelf, if only because the free time makes itself.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read this series, you've missed a delicious combination of humor and history.
Lou Grimm
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This, the third in the series, is outstanding! Although fictional, it contains so many elements of truth, and, being written before political correctness became commonplace, is surely a valuable resource on attitudes during the Slave Trade era.

But first, be warned: it is brutal. It uses dozens of derogatory terms for the poor human 'cargo' so callously treated and traded, and describes those scenes in cold detail.

Colin Mace, as the narrator, is masterful. If he feels any disgust at the events o
David Afton
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read about 5 of the Flashman books so far (and plan to read many more), and this book so far was one of the best. Deliciously and sinfully un-PC, it had me in stitches so many times throughout, guffawing guiltily, and reading passages for my wife to shake her head at disapprovingly.
George MacDonald Fraser has a brilliant knack for placing his anti-hero, Harry Flashman, in the thick of real, historical crossroads...and like the intricate, moving gears of a Swiss timepiece, making it all cli
Darryl Walker
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have all the Flashman books authored by Fraser and feel strongly that FLASH FOR FREEDOM! is the best of the series. If it isn't, it's definitely among the top two; Flashy's saga is imbued with high points aplenty.

FLASH FOR FREEDOM! is as good as it gets for chiefly two reasons. First, the novel is intense reading because of its thriller-like pacing, genuine tension snakes through the plotline. Readers know our hero survives because he's telling the tale in first person, but are nevertheless on
Philip Higgins
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this again recently and enjoyed it just as much as first time around, thirty years ago. Our protagonist (definitely not hero) experiences the horror of the slave trade from all angles and manages to survive through outrageous fortune and shameless self-interest. The subject matter is dealt with unflinchingly and the plot races along with wit and excitement. Just when we start to sympathise with Flashy in the face of even greater villains, he reminds us he's no "lovable rogue".

The author ge
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fiction, 2017
Flashman, faint-hearted fugitive from the fatherland, fights for freedom from fetters - flagrantly fiercely for Flashy, finally (feebly) for the fettered.

The Flashman Papers, book 3, is set amidst slave traders and abolitionists in the middle passage, the underground railway and high society.

Flashman is the usual selfish scared cad, but manages to survive against incredible odds, but also manages to rub shoulders with historical figures, such as e.g. Disraeli and Lincoln.

It's all very researched
Andrew Weitzel
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These books are like crack. You finish one and you're immediately looking for the next hit. I'd better better sober up and read something else before I go on to the next installment of the tail of Captain Flashman, otherwise I might end up like Cervante's Don Quixote: driven to madness by nothing but Flashman books, I'll probably sauntering about town like an English Lord, winking rakishly at the gentlewomen, tippling generous amounts of brandy, fornicating with the servants, and getting up to a ...more
Sam Solarz
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I was desperately trying to find something positive with this story. It was a bookclub choice and I had not read any others in the series. After 90 pages I decided to pass, I just found it too offensive, on too many levels.
Pastor Ben
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like any novel in the Flashman Papers, not for prudes or snowflakes. Flash visits Africa and the ante-bellum South in this volume and the reader may imagine what the story revolves around. And yet it is still plenty funny.
Christian Schwoerke
As it was lying at hand when I finished Royal Flash, this novel was started almost immediately. I think it a better novel than Royal Flash, as the story involved less of the romantic action of the swashbuckler and instead borrowed more from the picaresque tradition, though many of the scrapes that Flashman found himself in were not of his own making. But, as with the traditional picaro, or trickster, Flashman was able time and again to find means to turn the tables, or at least come out alive. O ...more
Sergei Andruha
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these books. Slow to start but once they pick up steam, hard to put down.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Flashy so far
Matthew Ball
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Flashman I find its a pretty standard set up with the story line. Flashman is thrown in at the deep end of a rather sticky situation, works his way out of it (usually with the help of a rather easily seduced woman) only to fall into another sticky situation.

In this case he is forced aboard a slaver bound for Africa and on to North America to escape a card game scandal. The ship is captured by the US Navy where Flashman takes on the identity of a Royal Navy spy and then is thrown in AGAIN a
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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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Flashman Papers (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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