Flashman and the Cobra

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


Flashman and the Cobra.  Written by Robert Brightwell and read by Henry Clore Harrison. Length 11 hours and 18 minutes. Unabridged.



This packet of the Thomas Flashman papers takes him to territory familiar to readers of his nephew’s adventures, India, during the second Mahratta war. It also includes an illuminating visit to Paris during the Peace of Amiens in 1802. During Thomas’s time, India was more of a frontier country for the British and, as he explains, they were very nearly driven out of much of it.

The second Mahratta war saw Europeans and Indians fighting on both sides, including Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington who fought his first battles there. As you might expect Flashman is embroiled in treachery and intrigue from the outset and, despite his very best endeavours, is often in the thick of the action. He meets many of the leading characters, from British governors and generals to Mahratta warlords, fearless Rajput warriors, nomadic bandit tribes, hairy Highlanders and not least a four-foot-tall former nautch dancer, who led the only Mahratta troops to leave the battlefield of Assaye in good order.

Flashman gives an illuminating account with a unique perspective on both sides of the conflict. It details feats of incredible courage (not his, obviously) reckless folly and sheer good luck that were to change the future of India and the career of a general who would later win a war in Europe.

3 reviews for Flashman and the Cobra

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Brightwell

    From Audible.com:
    “Thomas Flashman is a welcome hero”
    What made the experience of listening to Flashman and the Cobra the most enjoyable?
    You can say a lot about Thomas but boring isn’t one of them. It is true that the Gods must have a sense of humor. I have enjoyed both of his books and look forward to the next

    What other book might you compare Flashman and the Cobra to and why?
    I have read may books with different types of heroes but Flashie is a very reluctant one who seems to get thru.No books can compare

    Have you listened to any of Henry Clore Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
    Mr Harrison has a very professional performance and both of his books I have listened to were excellant and look forward to many more

    If you could take any character from Flashman and the Cobra out to dinner, who would it be and why?
    Without a doubt it would be Thomas he is a most interesting fellow

    Any additional comments?
    I hope that Mr Brightwell will keep these books coming We have enjoyed them

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Brightwell

    From Audible.com
    “Long live Thomas Flashman”
    The Flashman family seems to produce characters who are less than respectable. Cads and scoundrels, actually. You may not like the main characters at first, but in a short time you’ll become addicted to their stories.

    What will keep you hooked is not just the historical facts and events, but how anybody could scrape through one disaster after another.

    Here’s hopping that Robert Brightwell and Henry Clore Harrison have a long and productive future with this Flashman series.

    My only complaint? That the books aren’t twice as long.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Brightwell

    From http://www.audible.com
    “Gave Me Chills”
    What made the experience of listening to Flashman and the Cobra the most enjoyable?
    I’m a fan… trending toward superfan. I got chills on multiple occasions while listening to Flashman and the Cobra. I felt like I was there at the Battle of Assaye, storming the fortress of Gawilghur, or experiencing Flashman’s revelation about Solomon / Salame.Robert Brightwell not only knows how to tell a tale, but also knows how to make the little things pay off. He does his homework, crafting a big story of big historical events while keeping the details that ground it in reality and make it believable and relatable.

    Who was your favorite character and why?
    Thomas himself, of course, but the Begum of Samru and Freddy Carstairs will always stay with me, along with the fierce warriors of the rajput.

    What about Henry Clore Harrison’s performance did you like?
    Mr. Harrison did an excellent job throughout, including recreating accents without descending into mockery. He has a different tone than David Case (who narrates the Flashman Chronicles), but it has a similar comfortable flavor.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
    Flashman.Scoundrel. Hero.

    Any additional comments?
    Can’t recommend it highly enough, both the performance and the story. Fraser would be very, very proud of Mr. Brightwell’s work.

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