FLASHMAN AND THE DRAGON
by George MacDonald Fraser
Knopf; 320 pages; $16.95
Harry Flashman, a flamboyant but minor villain in Thomas Hughes' 19th century novel Tom Brown's School Days, moved to center stage in George MacDonald Fraser's comic-historical novels of imperial adventure. Previous volumes placed Flashman, now a mature, hard-drinking rogue, in and around the Crimean War, the African slave trade and the American gold rush. With great panache he became involved with figures ranging from Bismarck and Abraham Lincoln to Queen Victoria and Lola Montez.
Flashman and the Dragon, eighth in the series of Flashman adventures and one of the...