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The sabre's edge / Allan Mallinson

By: Mallinson, Allan [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Mallinson, Allan. Matthew Hervey: 05.; Mallinson, Allan. Matthew Hervey: 5.Publisher: London : Bantam Books, 2004Description: 393 pages ; 19 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 055381351X; 9780553813517.Subject(s): Great Britain. Army. Light Dragoons, 6th -- Fiction | Hervey, Matthew (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 -- Fiction
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The Sunday Times bestselling author Allan Mallinson, brings us another enthralling Matthew Hervey adventure. If you like Patrick O'Brian, Bernard Cornwell and CS Forester, you will love this!

"What a hero! What an author! What a book! A joy for the lover of adventure and military buff alike" -- LYN MACDONALD, THE TIMES
"Splendid...the tale is as historically stimulating as it is stirringly exciting" -- ANDREW ROBERTS, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
"Impeccably researched and rooted in both time and place" -- ***** Reader review
"A thrilling tale" -- ***** Reader review
"Allan Malinson tells an absorbing tale and gives a wonderful insight into life at that time." -- ***** Reader review


India, 1824 : Matthew Hervey and the 6th Light Dragoons are stationed in India, where conflagration looks set to flair.

The usurper prince, Durjan Sal , has taken refuge in the infamous fortress of Bhurtpore . A deep ditch, which can be flooded at a moment's notice, runs round it - and as its notorious Tower of Victory - built with the skulls of defeated men - bears witness, it has withstood all attacks made on it.

Until now. Hot and dangerous work lies ahead for Matthew Hervey and his courageous troop who know their fortunes will be decided by the sabre's edge .

A Sabre's Edge is the fifth book in Allan Mallinson's Matthew Hervey series. His adventures continue in Rumours of War . Have you read his previous adventures A Close Run Thing, The Nizam's Daughters , A Regimental Affair and A Call to Arms ?

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Publishers Weekly Review

While Mallinson has been hailed by the U.K. press as rivaling Patrick O'Brian and Bernard Cornwell, American fans of swashbuckling adventure will likely be disappointed to find Mallinson (a cavalry brigadier currently British military attach? in Rome) too lavish with rarefied British military idiom and references to India's obscure past to attract comparable legions of fanatical readers. In May 1824, cavalry captain Matthew Hervey is seriously wounded while accompanying an expeditionary force moving inland through the Burmese jungle at the beginning of the monsoon season. Four months later, fully recovered in Calcutta, Hervey is ordered to take his troops over 700 miles to Delhi to serve as escort to aging Sir David Ochterlony, the British East India Company's political resident. Deploring despot Durjan Sal's usurpation of power at the ancient fortress at Bhurtpore (near Agra, the site of the Taj Mahal) and anticipating war, Sir David dispatches Hervey to reconnoiter the impenetrable defenses of the infamous stronghold. After devising a bold plan, Hervey is given the task of setting his stratagem in motion. Although the novel affords interesting social insights into the politics of British colonial rule, only a studious minority will find slogging through this jungle of gnarly prose worth the effort. Agent, Ed Victor Ltd. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Up-through-the-ranks cavalry captain Matthew Hervey returns in a thrilling new adventure set in colonial India. In 1824, Hervey's beloved regiment, His Majesty's Sixth Light Dragoons, returns to India\b . Facing external threats from the restless Burmese and internal conflicts between warring provinces, the British have their hands full securing the borders, quashing rebellions, and protecting the interests of the mighty British East India Company. When Hervey and his stalwart Dragoons are ordered to lay\b siege to a\b seemingly impregnable fortress completely surrounded by a treacherous moat, sabers clash\b and lives are sacrificed in the name of the empire. Mallinson, himself a cavalry officer, has an almost innate ability to bring both military maneuvers and battle scenes to life. This authentically rousing martial epic evokes all the sweat, gore, and glory of the British Raj. --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2004 Booklist