'Sparkling one-liners adorn every chapter!It is the verve of the story-telling, together with the verbal inventiveness, that lingers in the memory' Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In Volume II of the Flashman Papers, Flashman tangles with femme fatale Lola Montez and the dastardly Otto Von Bismarck in a battle of wits which will decide the destiny of a continent. Did Flashman's adventures in the Duchy of Strackenz provide the inspiration for The Prisoner of Zenda? The similarities are certainly there as Flash Harry becomes embroiled in a desperate succession of escapes, disguises, amours and (when unavoidable) hand-to-hand combats in an epic adventure that takes him from the gaming-halls of London to the dungeons and throne-rooms of Europe. And for once Flashman's talents for deceit and treachery are matched by those of Otto von Bismarck and the beautiful but deadly Lola Montez.
I stumbled upon what looks to be an addictive series of books following the rise, fall and sidestep of the ne'er do well 19th Century Englishman named Flashman. A self- professed coward and rake, he nevertheless finds himself embroiled in some of the most significant events of his time. This particular episode is basically Woody Allen meets the Prisoner of Zenda, with a splash of Lady Chatterly thrown in for good measure. Whether read for the ribald and entertaining takes on history, or just the humourous escapades, Royal Flash is time well spent.