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Mallinson, Allan.

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ISBN 10: 0593043758 / ISBN 13: 9780593043752
Published by Bantam Press., London:, 2001
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. With Matthew Hervey of the Light Dragoons. This copy signed by Mallinson. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 23026

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Publisher: Bantam Press., London:

Publication Date: 2001

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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- Captain Matthew Hervey has faced many tests both on and off the battlefield, but when he returns to his beloved Sixth Light Dragoons he must address a new challenge from a totally unexpected quarter. It is the spring of 1817, and Matthew Hervey is home from India to rejoin his regiment, and to marry, at last, Henrietta. England is not the place he knew, however. The clamour for parliamentary and economic reform is bringing the country close to revolution. Every day the newspapers report conspiracies, violent assemblies, machine-breaking, arson and murder. There is no professional constabulary, and the onerous task of policing falls increasingly to the army - especially the cavalry. In the Sixth Light Dragoons, too, things are not as they were. There is a new commanding officer - rich, vain, arrogant, cruel; and with a dark secret. His dislike of Hervey is immediate and intense. Yet Matthew Hervey must somehow earn this man's recommendation for promotion, or else he will have to retire on half-pay. Hervey faces a year of trials - in his marriage, his loyalty to his men, his professional skill. The mistakes begin to tell, and when the regiment is sent urgently to Canada where,

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Praise for the novels of Allan Mallinson


“A marvelous read, paced like a well-balanced symphony...full of surprises and excitement.”
–The Times

“First-rate historical fiction.”

“A rousing tale of conspiracy [and] double-crossings...Hervey is an enduring hero.”
–Publishers Weekly


“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, late author of the Aubrey-Maturin series

“Stirring...stimulating...entertaining...a richness of detail.”
–USA Today

“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.”

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