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This ninth volume of The Flashman Papers finds that history’s most unheroic hero, Sir Harry Flashman, is back in India, where his saga began. This time, our hero is sent by Her Majesty''s Secret Service to spy on the corrupt court of Lahore, on India''s Northwest Frontier. Flashy deals with a ravishing maharini and her equally sex-hungry maid, joins forces with an American adventurer with royal ambitions, and attempts to win the brightest jewel in England’s imperial crown at the cost of something he will never miss—namely, his honor.

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Vain, lecherous Victorian soldier of fortune Harry Flashman goes to the Punjab for his ninth reprehensible yet shamelessly enjoyable adventure. More than 100,000 copies of the Plume Flashman series are in print.
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Praise for the Flashman series
“Hilariously funny.”— The New York Times Book Review
 
“Great dirty fun!”— Grand Rapids Press
 
“The most entertaining anti-hero in a long time… Moves from one ribald and deliciously corrupt episode to the next… Wonderful and scandalous.”— Publishers Weekly
 
“Raises dastardliness to the level of an art… One of the most amusing and sardonic novels I have ever read!”— Omaha World
 
“As irreverent and picaresque as Tom Jones and always more dramatic… Flashman is a one-man demolition squad!”— Chicago Today
 
“Marvelously entertaining… A delight!”— Providence Journal

About the Author

George MacDonald Fraser was a bestselling historical novelist, journalist and screenwriter. He is perhaps most famous for his series of Flashman novels, featuring his antihero Harry Flashman. In addition to his novels, he wrote numerous screenplays, most notably  The Three Musketeers and the James Bond film  Octopussy. George MacDonald Fraser died in 2008 at the age of 82.

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A solid Flashman story, but not in the top half of the books in the series
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2020
If you enjoy the Harry Flashman character and Fraser''s writing style, then you''re going to enjoy this book. While it was written later, it''s one of the earlier books in the series and covers Flashman''s part in the First Anglo-Sikh War. You''ll get the usual blend of Fraser''s... See more
If you enjoy the Harry Flashman character and Fraser''s writing style, then you''re going to enjoy this book. While it was written later, it''s one of the earlier books in the series and covers Flashman''s part in the First Anglo-Sikh War. You''ll get the usual blend of Fraser''s attention to historical detail along with another wild Flashman romp of a story filled with women, rogues, and close calls as the main character is witness to another main event in Victorian history.

For me however, it doesn''t fall into the upper half of rankings in terms of books in the series: the war is less well known as are the main characters, the plot is hard to follow and full of double/triple agents, and you get the overall sense that Fraser was working hard to try and fill in a gap in Flashman''s biography with something short that would put him in the general vicinity for a bit. Just seems a little shoehorned in narrative wise. Would much rather Fraser had written the often alluded to book of Flashman fighting in the Civil War for both the Union and the Confederacy.

Aside from the nitpicking in comparison to the other books in the series, you''ll be sure to find this enjoyable. Do take the time to read the footnotes, as Fraser did a masterful job of researching the history, people, and places so worth reading up about some interesting things and get a little history lesson along the way. Happy reading!
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Pete Bogg
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Ripping good yarn.
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
Another good read from Fraser, one imbued with the author''s well-researched background to the characters and settings of the story. What stays in memory, however, is the unsentimental view of human nature and the sordid underside of history presented through Flashman''s... See more
Another good read from Fraser, one imbued with the author''s well-researched background to the characters and settings of the story. What stays in memory, however, is the unsentimental view of human nature and the sordid underside of history presented through Flashman''s eyes. What redeems his character is the unsparing honesty he turns on everything, not least of all about himself and his own weaknesses.
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History and Humour
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2014
The history is enlightening and the humour, a treat. Flashman, the gruff soldier, coward mistaken for hero, rogers his way through the Lahore Durbar and survives the first Sikh War by concealing himself amongst the ramparts of the Khalsa bridgehead in the thick of the... See more
The history is enlightening and the humour, a treat. Flashman, the gruff soldier, coward mistaken for hero, rogers his way through the Lahore Durbar and survives the first Sikh War by concealing himself amongst the ramparts of the Khalsa bridgehead in the thick of the fighting. Times have changed since Fraser penned the series and he does not flinch to portray the sexism and racism of the times. In a satirical work such as this, however, the reader has room to take it or leave it and judge appropriately. Indeed, one of Fraser''s great strengths is his ability to stand back and laugh, having shown it how it was. The Sikh army nearly beats the British and may have done had its leaders not betrayed it. The women manipulate the men and outwit them as often as the men get the upper hand. Fraser paints a complicated world in which the results are by no means foregone, but rather ''only just'' and ''by the skin of the teeth''.
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Flashman in the Punjab
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2012
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume nine of the Flashman Papers, a narrative of the life and times of one of the most ne''er-do-well wastrels to ever grace the pages of a published autobiography. The first five Flashman novels were presented in... See more
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume nine of the Flashman Papers, a narrative of the life and times of one of the most ne''er-do-well wastrels to ever grace the pages of a published autobiography.

The first five Flashman novels were presented in chronological order. This "packet", like its three immediate predecessors, acts to fill in a previous "gap" in the Flashman timeline. From a chronological standpoint, the adventures of this novel immediately follow those contained in Flashman''s Lady, wherein we left Flashman on the heels of his escape from Ranavalona, the mad queen of Madagascar, that following his rescue of his wife, Elspeth, from South Sea pirates. Believing himself to be returning to merry, old England, Flashy is diverted instead to India, where the services of the Afghan hero are desperately needed to quell the restless natives.

As in the previous Flashman novels, our Harry is revealed as the premier coward and opportunist of his era; faults which he quite willingly admits and even boasts of. Much as a prior day Forrest Gump, he has a way of finding himself among the most powerful and famous personages of his era, as he takes part in the great events of the period, in this case, quelling the Sikh Rebellion of 1845-46 and securing the Koh-i-Noor, the greatest jewel then in existence.

Aside from uproarious fun and games, the Flashman series is set against historical events and actually serves as an educational experience. On to volume ten of the Flashman Papers.
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James Lane
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Poor Harry is shanghied into a political mission to the ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
This is a first class Flashman novel, set against the background to the First Anglo-Sikh war. Poor Harry is shanghied into a political mission to the degenerate rulers of the Punjab in Lahore, ostensibly to broker peace, but in reality as a spy. Typically, betrayal and... See more
This is a first class Flashman novel, set against the background to the First Anglo-Sikh war. Poor Harry is shanghied into a political mission to the degenerate rulers of the Punjab in Lahore, ostensibly to broker peace, but in reality as a spy. Typically, betrayal and horrible death lurk around every corner, while Flashy rogers everything sight and escapes by whisker''s breadth, saving the British forces from certain defeat along the way. There is a brilliant description of the ultimate battle at Sobraon. This is first rate Flashman, one of the best of the series, benefiting from a somewhat more mature character. As usual the historical setting is fascinating.
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JFM Portland
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Flashman and the fate of India.
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2013
This volume of the Flashman Papers picks up just where "Flashman''s Lady" ends. Flashman (rescued from slavery in Madagascar where he served as Sergeant-General to the army and chief stud to the Queen) is ordered to India. There war is looming between the British... See more
This volume of the Flashman Papers picks up just where "Flashman''s Lady" ends. Flashman (rescued from slavery in Madagascar where he served as Sergeant-General to the army and chief stud to the Queen) is ordered to India. There war is looming between the British Raj and the warlike and well armed Sikhs. Flashman''s attempt to get himself a nice, safe, rear echelon billet are thwarted when he finds himself being sent as a diplomatic envoy (read: SPY) to the Sikh court at Lahore. There he finds himself caught up in a maze of murderous intrigues and luxurious decadence. As Flashy pithly sums it up: "...by all accounts it was one continuous orgy at the Court of Lahore, with Jeendan galloping every man in sight, her lords and ladies all piling in, no one sober for days on end, treasure being spent like the wave of the sea, and the whole polity sliding downhill to luxurious ruin. I must say, it sounded quite jolly to me, bar the normal murders and tortures, and the furious plotting which apparently occupied everyone''s sober moments."

Once again, Flashy''s talent for survival takes him through royal bedrooms, throne rooms, a death-trapped bath, an elephant ride that ends in an assassination, a torture chamber and the battlefields where the fate of India was decided.

I particularly enjoyed this book because it deals with a fascinating episode in imperial history (the First Sikh War) and one that is relatively little known (in comparison to such frequently used settings as the North West Frontier or the Great Mutiny).
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JJB3
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A HOOT
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
LEARN ABOUT PART OF BRITISH INDIAN HISTORY YOU DIDN''T KNOW AND LAUGH A LOT WHILE DOING IT.
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Gavan Connell
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Another ripping yarn
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2014
The best thing about the Flashman books is the way they weave fiction and fact together in such a way as to make the reader believe Flashy was actually there. Fraser has an uncanny way of getting Flashy into a situation so obscure that we can''t understand just why he isn''t... See more
The best thing about the Flashman books is the way they weave fiction and fact together in such a way as to make the reader believe Flashy was actually there. Fraser has an uncanny way of getting Flashy into a situation so obscure that we can''t understand just why he isn''t mentioned in the history books at all. It is so unjust!

I have learned more about military history through Harry''s exploits than when I was a serving officer. I hate military history but I love Flashy. Thanks to him I have been able to join in the odd discussion abut various campaigns of yore.
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M. Baerends
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Koh-i-Noor
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2016
Having narrowly escaped Madagascar, in this episode Flashman ends up in the Anglo-Sikh War (the first one actually, 1845-46). Not wanting to join battle, he thinks he is being clever by volunteering for the political service. In fact, this lands him in the worst possible...See more
Having narrowly escaped Madagascar, in this episode Flashman ends up in the Anglo-Sikh War (the first one actually, 1845-46). Not wanting to join battle, he thinks he is being clever by volunteering for the political service. In fact, this lands him in the worst possible viper''s nest, i.e. the mad & murderous court of Lahore. Thankfully, as always he manages to find some female friends: the maharani Jeendan (a former dancing girl, mistress of the previous ruler Ranjit Singh) and her slave girl Mangla. After many intrigues, some more deadly than others, Flashman witnesses some of the important battles of this atypical war - atypical in the sense that the Sikh army had been organized entirely on European lines. As a result, the battles very much resembled those fought in the Napoleonic wars, rather than those between small European armies and a huge but unorganized ''local'' host. Needless to say, the Koh-I-Noor ("the mountain of light"), that most famous of diamonds, also features in the story. I find the Flashman books mighty interesting and entertaining. They provide an odd combination of fiction and facts, of serious background research and coarse humour, of adventures on the battlefield and between the sheets. I am learning a lot about the Victorian period and its many wars (on that score: I recommend Saul David''s "Victoria''s Wars" to those who want to have all Victorian wars - at least up to 1861 - in just one book) - frankly I think Flashman ought to be obligatory reading at every school in Britain.
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Rick Brindle
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The best one so far!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2018
Of course the Flashman novels follow a formula, but they are no less entertaining because of it. In this installment, we are taken on Flashman''s unique journey through the first Sikh war. Browbeaten into going to India as war looms, Flashman once again becomes the very...See more
Of course the Flashman novels follow a formula, but they are no less entertaining because of it. In this installment, we are taken on Flashman''s unique journey through the first Sikh war. Browbeaten into going to India as war looms, Flashman once again becomes the very unwilling hero, sent into the Punjab to essentially spy on the Empire''s upcoming new enemy. There is the usual fighting, mixing with the locals, near scrapes, and of course, Flashy gets to grips with numerous women along the way. It''s also a great history lesson, as GMF is spot on with his depiction of events, as usual. And despite being described as a coward, I''ve come to feel that Flashy is a lot braver than he''s made out to be, and I''m sure I''d have acted no more courageously myself, were I to have been in his boots. Other books you might like to read Cold Steel on the Rocks We Are Cold Steel Kalter Stahl auf den Felsen Wir Sind Kalter Stahl
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CASSINI24
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One of the best volumes in the Flashman series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2018
George MacDonald Fraser was at the peak of his writing powers when he wrote this installment of the Flashman papers. The cleverly structured narrative delivers a richly detailed account of the War of the Sutlej River and the East India Company''s attempts to infiltrate the...See more
George MacDonald Fraser was at the peak of his writing powers when he wrote this installment of the Flashman papers. The cleverly structured narrative delivers a richly detailed account of the War of the Sutlej River and the East India Company''s attempts to infiltrate the power games taking place between the Palace of Lahore and the Sikh Army. The historical insights are fascinating, but, as ever, what makes the Flashman novels so unique and enriching is the rascal Flashman himself - and in this volume he doesn''t disappoint. He gets up to his usual convoluted escapades with women, and has to worm his way out of numerous life-threatening situations. What I found most interesting about this volume is Flashman''s own insights into the failings of the British Army in India - in a sense he was very much ahead of his time in terms of being able to take a step back from the environment he was in and consider how history might judge such a military campaign. One of the best novels in the series.
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good, not great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2014
This is a good read and well up to the usual Flashman standard. My only complaints would be 1) it''s fairly ridiculous to suppose that an arrant coward would allow himself to be railroaded into taking part in a war that didn''t concern him, as he was not on active service...See more
This is a good read and well up to the usual Flashman standard. My only complaints would be 1) it''s fairly ridiculous to suppose that an arrant coward would allow himself to be railroaded into taking part in a war that didn''t concern him, as he was not on active service when it started, nor was he a part of the Company''s Indian Army. And 2) in this novel we see the start of the invidious, all-pervading jingoism that marred a lot of these books. It is a little tiresome to have it rammed down one''s throat that the British Empire was the best thing to ever happen to the world, and a shining beacon of probity, decency and enlightenment, when in fact the Raj was a monstrous evil to those who suffered under the Imperial jackboot, whose countries were raped, looted and despoiled, and whose people were slaughtered by the million, all to bring wealth to Britain...or rather, to England. A good story but a skewed, unreliable vision of history that tells only one side of the story, and one interpretation of the ''facts''. Recommended, but not unreservedly.
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GW
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Very good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 8, 2017
The Flashman series are an alternate view on the ''ripping yarn'' type of stories (though not always with the humour given the context of some of the events). The author is a wonderful story teller who manages to weave fiction into fact in a believable manner. There is...See more
The Flashman series are an alternate view on the ''ripping yarn'' type of stories (though not always with the humour given the context of some of the events). The author is a wonderful story teller who manages to weave fiction into fact in a believable manner. There is considerable historical accuracy. I won''t repeat what many other said with regard story lines etc but will say that I have the series and have read them twice. They are fun and an easy read but are not politically correct, which as someone who has lived in a country that had segregation in living memory, I do find sits uncomfortably on occasion especially given the author''s reported views. If you take the perspective that they are pastiche of early writers and their views, you can laugh at the backwardness of the individuals and most certainly not find them something to emulate. Flashman is a total cad after all.
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