As a huge fan of the original Flashman series by GMF I was greatly saddened by that authors passing. So it was a pleasant surprise to see someone pick up the mantle.
Mr. Brightwell's offering is excellent in its historical research which was a strong point of the original books. Thomas does not quite seem to be the cowardly cad that Harry was and the comments on historical figures are not quite as pithy as GMF so I subtracted one star but I'm sure the author will improve on these as the series progresses (and lets face it GMF set quite a high standard to aspire to).
Otherwise a fun and interesting read and I look forward to more especially as Thomas's career will span the Napoleonic era. Highly recommended for all Flashman fans and kudos to Mr. Brightwell.