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George MacDonald Fraser
Adult Fiction FRASER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fraser's posthumously published tale takes the reader from the Victorian realms of his Flashman novels to the Elizabethan era for a wildly nonsensical romp involving highwaymen, 16th-century secret agents, a beautiful heiress, and a Spanish plot against the crown. Set on the border between England and Scotland, the plot (if it can be called that) revolves around a Spanish effort, led by the mysterious La Infamosa, to kidnap King James and replace him with an impostor. Attempting to foil her are the ravishing Lady Godiva Dacre and her dimwitted companion, Kylie, along with Gilderoy, part-time highwayman and Scotland's best-known secret agent, and Archie Noble, English "double-nought" secret agent and ostensible hero of the tale. After a series of hilarious complications, the unlikely foursome finds itself at La Infamosa's cave just as the coup is about to take place. A piece of inspired silliness and a worthy companion to the Flashman tales, this novel is hard to resist with its beginning: "It was a dark and stormy night in Elizabethan England." Recommended for public libraries.--Lawrence Rungren, Merrimack Valley Lib. Consortium, Andover, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Bonny Gilderoy
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Rescued Lady Godiva from highway robbers; falls in love with Lady Godiva.

Lady Godiva Dacre
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Stranded on a desolate road; threatened by highway robbers.

Archie Noble
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In love with Lady Godiva.



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