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The late author of the beloved Flashman Papers (Flashman on the March, etc.) offers a 16th-century tale of swordplay and gleefully anachronistic wordplay along the Scottish borderlands. Fraser does a Highland fling with the English language as he unfolds a tortuous and torturous tale of four heroes: Gilderoy, dashing Scottish highwayman; Archie Noble, gallant Englishman and proud double-nought operative, licensed to slay; and a beauteous pair of ladies, the noble Lady Godiva Dacre and her randy companion, Kylie. Together the four must stop a Spanish plot to kidnap and replace James VI of Scotland with an impostor who will then gain the English throne on the death of Queen Elizabeth. They must overcome wizards, witches, warlocks and sundry other hazards while Archie and Gilderoy vie for Godiva's fickle affections. Readers must stay alert to keep up with the author's constant verbal sallies. Fraser died on January 2, 2008.(Apr.)
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ISBN-10:  0307388050
ISBN-13:  978-0307388056
Author:  George MacDonald Fraser
Publisher:  Anchor
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review by . April 15, 2009
It takes a very self-assured author to begin a book with what is perhaps the most ridiculed opening sentence on all of literature. The late Mr. Fraser was certainly that; after all he wrote 12 Flashman novels (I wish that there were more!), and numnerous other books, both fiction and nonfiction. Who better to mock convention?    This book is an incredible mishmash of literate writing, bookish puns, wild swinging between 15th and 21st century dialogue, and some interesting nods …
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