• Flashman and the Golden Sword

  • Adventures of Thomas Flashman, Book 8
  • By: Robert Brightwell
  • Narrated by: Henry Clore Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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The most fearsome enemy he ever faced.

Of all the enemies that our hero has shrunk away from, there was one he feared above them all. By his own admission they gave him nightmares into his dotage. It was not the French, the Spanish, the Americans, or the Mexicans. It was not even the more exotic adversaries such as the Iroquois, Mahratta, or Zulus. While they could all make his guts churn anxiously, the foe that really put him off his lunch were the Ashanti.

“You could not see them coming,” he complained. “They were well armed, fought with cunning and above all, there were bloody thousands of the bastards.”

This eighth packet in the Thomas Flashman memoirs details his misadventures on the Gold Coast in Africa. It was a time when the British lion discovered that instead of being the king of the jungle, it was in fact a crumb on the lip of a far more ferocious beast. Our "hero" is at the heart of this revelation after he is shipwrecked on that hostile shore. While waiting for passage home, he is soon embroiled in the plans of a naïve British governor who has hopelessly underestimated his foe. When he is not impersonating a missionary or chasing the local women, Flashman finds himself being trapped by enemy armies, risking execution and the worst kind of "dismemberment", not to mention escaping prisons, spies, snakes, water horses (hippopotamus), and crocodiles.

It is another rip-roaring Thomas Flashman adventure, which tells the true story of an extraordinary time in Africa that is now almost entirely forgotten.

©2018 Robert Brightwell (P)2020 Henlow Publishing Ltd

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  • Mark
  • 01-19-21

Great listen

A great account of a part of history I'd never heard.
All done in the most cowardly manner.

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  • ndg
  • 01-13-21

Another great tale of skulduggery

Another tale through a lesser known war with our favourite poltroon Flashman. Well worth a credit. If I have a small criticism it would be that Thomas Flashman is far more politically correct than he would have been in this period of time and I feel less likely to get up to the true the un-gentlemanly behaviour of his uncle Sir Harry Flashman who for example would never have let Malala and Jasmin get away without bedding them both along the way, but nonetheless a very enjoyable listen.