Flashman and Madison's War

Flashman and Madison's War Robert Brightwell
  • Title: Flashman and Madison's War
  • Author: Robert Brightwell
  • ISBN: 9781785108419
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Flashman and Madison's War Robert Brightwell Flashman and Madison s War This book finds Thomas a British army officer landing on the shores of the United States at the worst possible moment just when the United States has declared war with Britain Having already endured
    This book finds Thomas, a British army officer, landing on the shores of the United States at the worst possible moment just when the United States has declared war with Britain Having already endured enough with his earlier adventures, he desperately wants to go home but finds himself drawn inexorably into this new conflict He is soon dodging musket balls, arrows andThis book finds Thomas, a British army officer, landing on the shores of the United States at the worst possible moment just when the United States has declared war with Britain Having already endured enough with his earlier adventures, he desperately wants to go home but finds himself drawn inexorably into this new conflict He is soon dodging musket balls, arrows and tomahawks as he desperately tries to keep his scalp intact and on his head It is an extraordinary tale of an almost forgotten war, with inspiring leaders, incompetent commanders, a future American president, terrifying warriors and their equally intimidating women , brave sailors, trigger happy madams and a girl in a wet dress who could have brought a city to a standstill Flashman plays a central role and reveals that he was responsible for the disgrace of one British general, the capture of another and for one of the biggest debacles in British military history.
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    About Robert Brightwell


    1. I am a firm believer in the maxim that history is stranger than fiction As an amateur historian there are countless times when I have come across a character or incident that has been so hard to believe that I have had to search out other sources for confirmation Thomas Cochrane who features in my first book is one of those, his real life adventures seem ridiculously far fetched for a fictional character The Begum of Samru from my second book is another a fifteen year old nautch dancer who gained the confidence of an army, had a man literally kill himself over her and who led her soldiers with skill and courage, before becoming something of a catholic saint.History is full of amazing stories and in my books I try to do my bit to tell some of them When I thought of a vehicle to do so, the Flashman series from George MacDonald Fraser came to mind Most of what I know of the Victorian era was prompted by his books The concept of a fictional character witnessing and participating in real historical events, while not unique, has rarely been done better.George MacDonald Fraser was an exceptional writer and he developed a character that he took from Tom Brown s School Days into a truly legendary figure While Harry Flashman might not have been a typical Victorian, he certainly brought the period to life For me the Regency Napoleonic era was one of even greater colour and extremes and so I have created a new earlier member of the family Thomas Flashman.There are similarities between the generations in that they both have the uncanny knack of finding themselves in the hotspots of their time, often while endeavouring to avoid them Thomas though is not exactly the same character as Harry Flashman, this is partly accidental and partly deliberate.For example Harry Flashman makes prolific use of the n word which will never appear in my work This is not just political correctness but reflects the different times the two fictional characters occupy While Harry Flashman in India thrashed and abused the natives in Thomas time many British were in business with Indian partners or had Indian wives The British Resident of Delhi went so far as to marry a harem of thirteen Indian women who used to parade around the city every evening on elephants In contrast any British man in Harry s time who married just one Indian woman was likely to find himself ostracised from the British community.As several reviewers have pointed out Thomas is not quite the vicious villainous rogue his nephew became, at least in the first book As this was mostly set on a very small ship there were few places he could hide while retaining the confidence of the commander, which was crucial to the plot I think the character develops in the second book and this trend will hopefully continue The genius of George MacDonald Fraser was to create a spiteful bully that the reader could still relate to I have tried to convey a character that lived in his time and who balanced cowardice, pride, lust etc with the need to bring the reader with him.


    185 Comments


    1. Flashman Senior is nowhere near as naughty as his offspring, but his adventures are still an amusing romp through history Here he fights in the War of 1812 fought in 1813 and 1814 with the Native American who sided with the British Quite entertaining

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    2. Great in sight to battles foughtI enjoy the Flashman series A lot of history, some well known and some not so well known I rated this book with five stars because the story is well written around true facts and you get a clear picture of the main characters and battles.

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    3. Having succesfully escaped from napoleonic France, Thomas Flashman finds himself in the middle of the War of 1812, as it is now known.Pressed into service with the British forces in Canada, Flashman eagerly waits for the war against Napoleon to end, so reinforcements can finally be sent from Europe and he is free to go home.But until then, he is to be liaison with the native allies of the Brits I can t think of anything that would soil the pants of a true coward like Flash Thomas certainly than [...]

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    4. Captain Thomas Flashman was a self confessed coward He unwittingly found himself fighting the upstart Americans alongside of Iroquois warriors on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes during the war of 1812 Madison s War Although cowardly, Flashman was cunning and managed to present himself in a good light to superior officers This has the unfortunate effect of keeping him on the front lines While trying to prevent an enraged warrior from cleaving his skull with a tomahawk, he accidentally conver [...]

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    5. Once again Thomas Flashman uncle of Sir Harry impresses with another rollicking tale from his life This time he s in American and Canada in the war of 1812 It seems that Thomas has a knack for leading the Indians from behind aiding the British from U.S invasion As usual Thomas finds himself running into famous and near famous people Tecumseh, John Norton and several British generals Battle of Lake Erie, Sieges of Fort Meigs and Lundy s Lane just to name a few of Thomas battles.Robert Brightwell [...]

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    6. It s okay Brightwell needs to do something with his character to get him to Waterloo, so he parks him in Canada for a few years Routine Flashman stuff, but we can all look forward to getting back to the real action.

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    7. Great StoryThe stories about the Flashman men are always entertaining and provide some historical insights This book gives the reader an entertaining and novel look at the land war of 1812 Good dialogue and good descriptions.

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    8. Good entry in this alternative Flashman series Though not quite as good as the Fraser Flashman, this was well written and held my interest.

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