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By George MacDonald Fraser

"A self-confident functionality via an previous hand. . . . Mr. Fraser in actual fact enjoys being grasp of this type of large and wild plot and makes bound to go away room in it for his most renowned construction, the eponymous hero of his "Flashman" experience series."-- "The New Yorker"

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