Canada 1817 - Captain Matthew Hervey is suffering the effects of unrest within his beloved regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons. Their new commanding officer - wealthy, arrogant and cruel - has taken an immediate dislike to him. Somehow, Hervey must earn promotion while retaining his integrity and the loyalty of his men. Then the regiment is sent to Canada where, in the aftermath of war with the United States, Hervey faces danger on two fronts. Murderous native tribes are on the move. While, closer to home, he and his commanding officer have embarked on a collision course - the consequences of which will be devastating..."A riveting tale of heroism, derring-do and enormous resource in the face of overwhelming adversity." - "Birmingham Post".
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In previous installments, British cavalry officer Mallinson (Honorable Company, 2000, etc.) offered us the beginnings of Captain Matthew Hervey's army career-which was born amid the stress of the Napoleonic Wars and grew up with the colonial campaigns in Ireland and India. Hervey is no Flashman: A minister's son, he is goodhearted, honest, and loyal-and, despite his romantic weaknesses, he is no rake, either. Here, we follow him home to England, in 1817, when the economic turmoil wrought by years of warfare has ravaged the nation and reduced much of the populace to beggary. Since a great many of these unfortunates are ex-soldiers nursing their grudges against the king who used and later discarded them, the problem soon presents a sharp political edge. Hervey's regiment is called upon to keep the peace, yet another in a series of unpleasant and morally dubious tasks that our hero has been called upon to render to king and country. He hopes to escape far enough into private life to marry his beloved Lady Henrietta Lindsay, but he finds an insuperable obstacle to his domestic happiness in his commanding officer, Lord Towcester. An incompetent and corrupt soldier, Towcester makes use of his social connections to keep Hervey from exposing him-as the price of his marriage. Is there to be no rest for the warrior? Battle fans may find this episode of the captain's adventures a bit too concerned with the inner workings of military careerism, but Mallinson has cooked up a hearty historical stew all the same. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Allan Mallinson
At seventeen, Allan Mallinson gave up the promise of an exhibition at Brasenose College, Oxford to go instead to theological college. After three years he decided to take a break in training with a short-service commission in the army. He served with the infantry worldwide, and then, on deciding to make the army a career, transferred to the cavalry. He began writing while still serving - first, a history of the antecedent regiments of that which he commanded, and then the Matthew Hervey series of novels chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer before and after Waterloo. He left the army in 2004 as a brigadier to write full time, including defence comment for the Daily Telegraph and then The Times. In 2009 his The Making of the British Army, a survey of the army's history and development since 1660, was shortlisted for several prizes and chosen by Jeremy Paxman for the Observer's 'Books of the Year'. An updated edition, with a commentary on the Strategic Defence and Security Review, was published in 2011. His centenary history, 1914: Fight the Good Fight - Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War was shortlisted for the Westminster Medal and won the Army Book of the Year Award 2013. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, examines the failure of Allied generals and politicians to find a less bloody strategy for victory in the First World War and will be published in June 2016. Allan Mallinson lives with his wife, Sue, a dressage trainer, on Salisbury Plain.