Balladeer’s Blog’s original reviews of The Top Five Harry Flashman Novels were such a hit I followed it up with bonus reviews of what I consider the 6th through 10th novels. It may be a few weeks until I finish any of my reviews of the remaining books in the series so here’s quick links to the 6th – 10th place selections.
FLASHMAN AND THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT (1990) – Time period: First Sikh War (1845-1846) Harry’s bed and battle adventures during the First Sikh War. The Mountain of Light of the title refers to the Koh-I-Noor (“Mountain of Light”) Diamond, at that time in the possession of the Maharani Jeendan of the Punjab. CLICK HERE
FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS (1982) – Time period: 1849-1850 and 1875-1876 This novel deals with Flashman’s escapades with the Forty-Niners on the way to the California gold fields during the Gold Rush. Features Pawnee, Arapaho, Sioux and Apaches. The second part finds Harry reluctantly (as always) involved in the Sioux Uprising including Little Big Horn and its aftermath. CLICK HERE
FLASHMAN (1969) – Time period: 1839-1842 The novel that started it all follows our favorite British blackguard from his infamous expulsion from Rugby for drunken misconduct, to his purchase of an officer’s position in the British Cavalry, his marriage to Elspeth and finally his peril-filled exploits in the First Afghan War. CLICK HERE
FLASH FOR FREEDOM (1971) – Time period: 1848-1849 Definitely not for the squeamish, Flash for Freedom finds the ruthless and amoral Harry extortionately shanghaied aboard a slave ship owned by his hated father in law. While forced to serve on board Harry befriends an undercover Royal Navy Officer assigned to infiltrate and bring down the slaving operation. But first Flashman must survive the horrors of Dahomey Africa, ship to ship clashes with the American Navy and reluctant service in the Underground Railroad. CLICK HERE
ROYAL FLASH (1970)
Time Period: The Revolutions of 1848 (1847-1848) This novel detailed Flashman’s passionate affair with Lola Montez and his later use as a pawn in political intrigues plotted by Lola and by Otto Von Bismarck. It all lands Harry at Ground Zero for the Schleswig-Holstein Question as well as the tumultuous eruptions across Europe in 1848. All that plus Franz Liszt, Karl Marx and Flashy’s dashing foe Rudi Von Starnberg. CLICK HERE
MY REVIEWS OF THE ELEVENTH AND TWELFTH PLACE NOVELS ARE YET TO COME. FOR MY TOP FIVE FLASHMAN NOVELS CLICK HERE