India 1819 - Matthew Hervey is charged with raising a new troop, and organising transport for India - for he, his men and their horses are to set sail with immediate effect. What Hervey and his greenhorn soldiers cannot know is that in India they will face a trial for which they are ill prepared. A large number of Burmese war-boats are assembled near Chittagong, and the only way to thwart their advance involves a hazardous march through the jungle. Soon Hervey and his troop are in the midst of hot and bloody action once again..."The book picks up a pace that mirrors a cavalry charge ...Hervey continues to grow in stature, while Mallinson himself continues to delight." - "Observer".
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(198mm x 128mm x 24mm)
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This fourth book continues the exploits of Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons in the early 19th century. Mallinson has created an attractive and interesting character, and painstakingly researched historical events to create an authentic feel to the writings. At the start of this novel Hervey is out of uniform and visiting Rome, where he meets the poet Shelley (whom he saves from a post office brawl), and they strike up a brief friendship. Later Hervey rejoins his old regiment and they are sent to India and then deep into the jungle on a mission to thwart an attack on Chittagong by the Burmese. Mallinson has lost none of his vigour for writing intense prose; whereas lesser authors might go off the boil slightly four novels into a series, Mallinson patently agonizes over his descriptions, gets the balance right on just how much cavalry information to slip in, and masterfully dovetails historical events to create an excellent balance. (Kirkus UK)
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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.