My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I didn’t enjoy The Royal Flash as much as the first in the series, The Flashman Papers: it sagged, bogging down in minutiae and flowery descriptions.
Nevertheless, it was an interesting story, with Flashy getting himself caught up in another fix that pulls him deeper and deeper in trouble. Ironically, Flashy even suspected a trick right in the beginning when he could still get out of it, but he admits his greed (and sex drive) got the better of him. He just can’t help his incorrigible self.
And the teasers kept me going: the series is written from the hindsight perspective of old age, so Flashy knows what comes next. He tells us up-front things are about to go from bad to worse, with the occasional ‘if I knew then what I know now’, or by listing some of the wild and dangerous things he’s done and then saying they were nothing compared to what happens next.
For the sake of completeness of the Flashy story, this book is still a must-read.