Another silly, zany book by George MacDonald Fraser. Cut from the same cloth as The Pyrates, this is a story of madcap mayhem along the English-Scottish border in the 16th Century: The hero teams up with a haughty noble lass, her sultry lady-in-waiting and a notorious highwayman in attempt to thwart a dastardly plot by Spanish agents to usurp the Scottish throne.
Like The Pyrates, the action and humor were a joy to read, but the author over did it with anachronisms. So I'm giving this one the same 3-star rating I gave his previous historical farce.
Despite my mediocre review, I intend to keep this book as a memento. I bought it last summer when my wife and I attended our first Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering. So it actually means a lot to me.
But you don't have to wait for the next Gathering of the Clans to buy The Reavers. It's available on Amazon.com in a variety of formats and a wide price range, from $0.01 to $91.95 (plus $3.99 for shipping and handling).
Of the 20 other reviews listed on Amazon, 15 customers gave the book a 4 or 5-star rating. Just about every reviewer read the Flashman series and are quick to point out--whether they loved it or hated it--this book in no way shape, or form resembles Flashman.