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Mallinson, Allan.

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ISBN 10: 0553111345 / ISBN 13: 9780553111347
Published by Bantam Books., NY:, 2000
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. The second Matthew Hervey novel, published in the U.K. as THE NIZAM'S DAUGHTER. This copy signed by Mallinson on a bookplate, along with a handwritten letter apologizing for the delay in mailing the autograph out. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 23024

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Publisher: Bantam Books., NY:

Publication Date: 2000

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st US edition

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In Allan Mallinson's critically acclaimed A Close Run Thing, young Matthew Hervey displayed valor and acumen at the Battle of Waterloo with his beloved 6th Light Dragoons. Now, in this rousing new military novel, Hervey is promoted to captain, and the late summer of 1815 finds him on an adventure to a far-flung corner of the burgeoning British Empire. In India Hervey encounters a fascinating land of dust and heat, spice-laden breezes and primal jungle--and a challenge of a more tortuous kind.

Honorable Company

As the victorious English cavalry see Napoleon exiled, and hail a long-awaited "peace on earth," Captain Matthew Hervey finds himself posted to a place of ingrained strife. The Duke of Wellington's new aide-de-camp, Matthew must postpone his marriage to the beautiful Lady Henrietta Lindsay and make the long and hazardous sea voyage to India for what Wellington has called "deuced tricky work." Matthew's covert mission will embroil him in the jostling of native potentates and England's encroaching East India Company--both threatened by lawless bands of horsemen bent on plunder and massacre.

When Matthew's journeying leads him to the small key state of Chintal, he thinks himself close to his objective. But at the rajah's sumptuous court he discovers that war in India is waged as often with money and spies as with the clear-cut tactics of the battlefield--with battles won through devious conversations and murderous perfidy. And Matthew, torn between his honor and his destiny, is drawn deeper into the court's serpentine coils than he ever dreamed.

What are the secrets of the charming and cultivated rajah? Of his daughter, exotic as any temple carving, who is the true power of the palace? Are the English officials all what they seem to be? And will the neighboring nizam, a Muslim greedily eyeing the Hindu terrain of Chintal, make it the target of his infamous "beautiful daughters," the most fearsome guns in India?

With vividly authentic detail, ferocious action, and beguiling characters, Honorable Company brings to life a forgotten era in a land as sensual as it is magnificent, where human intrigue vies with fate for the lives and souls of men.

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Action scenes...are expertly detailed, with Mallinson describing battlefield tactics and military uniforms down to the button

"A marvellous read, paced like a well-balanced symphony--Full of surprises and excitement, this is a ripping yarn."
-- The Times
Lavish Praise for Allan Mallinson's

A Close Run Thing

"Now at last a highly literate, deeply read cavalry officer of high rank shows one the nature of horse-borne warfare.... Colonel Mallinson's A Close Run Thing is very much to be welcomed."
-- Patrick O'Brian, author of the Aubrey-Maturin series

"Stirring...stimulating...entertaining...a richness of detail."
-- USA Today

"An astonishingly impressive debut in the field of Napoleonic fiction. Convincingly drawn, perfectly paced, and expertly written, this cavalryman's tale is a joy to read."
-- Anthony Beevor, author of Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege

"A rousing...tale of valiant heroism and dashing derring-do."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Mallinson expertly captures both the glory and the gore of the battlefield in this sweeping saga.... An exciting historical adventure steeped in authentic military detail."
-- Booklist

"Allan certainly O'Brian's equal in accurate knowledge of the equipment, methods, weapons, and conditions of service of the fighting men of whom he writes.... This account of the Battle of Waterloo is an imaginative feat of high order."
-- Country Life

"A new series that brings to life the Napoleonic era...a captivating mix of fiction heroes and many of the historical characters who played roles in bringing the French dictator to justice."
- Abilene Reporter-News

"This will delight amateur historians."
-- Publishers Weekly

"A cracking tale of love and heroism in the Napoleonic Wars."
-- Daily Mail (London), four stars

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