Flashman books can upset a lot of people.
The language. The subject matter. The character himself.
George McDonald Fraser does another thoroughly researched turn through some of history’s memorable moments and the 3rd Flashman is quite a divisive one.
Bottom line, this book is about slavery. It’s written in the style of a turn of the century (last century – not this) empire subject. And British at that.
Flash himself gets into some bother, as ever, and has to disappear for a bit and gets semi-pressed onto a ship bound for Africa to collect slaves bound for the Americas.
As usual, the well laid plans go awry and Flash is fighting/running/hiding for his life ending up as a slave plantation worker.
Unusually for Flash, it keeps getting worse. You get used to his ‘skin of his teeth’ escapades but this ones a little different when he ends up being seized as an actual slave.
Poetic justice you think but does put an interesting spin on the story, going from slaver to slave and, eventually coming out the other end – after being saved by Abraham Lincoln.
The account given by Flash of the slave trade and what happened in and around it is all based on fact and makes grim reading.
Don’t take this book the wrong way. It is not glorifying the business but, if it’s not too wrong, bring a lighthearted view to things at times.