By Allan Mallinson
Within the culture of Patrick O'Brian's cherished old army adventures comes the 1st in a rushing new sequence that includes Cornet Matthew Hervey, a tender cavalry officer in Wellington's military of 1815. Bringing alive the Napoleonic period and the armies whose blood stained the soil of turbulent countries, here's the tale of 1 guy whose valor and imaginative and prescient deliver him honor, betrayal, and a problem past his imagining.
For 20 years, because the French Revolution, Britain and her allies have fought a probably never-ending warfare to loosen Bonaparte's stranglehold on Europe. And Englishmen corresponding to Matthew Hervey, led through the "Iron Duke" of Wellington, have left the golf green pastures of domestic to stick with the drum in His Majesty's cavalry. by means of 1814 Hervey, a twenty-three-year-old parson's son, has been on crusade with the sixth mild Dragoons for over 5 years--only to discover his army occupation endangered through an impetuous act of gallantry....
With the French military eventually defeated and Bonaparte exiled to Elba, Matthew's regiment is published domestic. His go back to Horningsham village reacquaints him with the vivacious fantastic thing about woman Henrietta Lindsay, his formative years sweetheart. yet almost immediately he's referred to as to accountability in eire, the place English landowners could be as pitiless as Bonaparte has been at the Continent, and the place uprising lurks in each hedgerow.
Torn by way of ambition and ensnared within the intrigues of Wellington's military, Matthew struggles to form his future, yet his efforts are approximately to be forged to the winds of destiny. For, again amid the pounding of hooves, the flash of gunpowder, and the conflict of sabers, he'll locate the dramatic achievement of his personal function, himself a catalyst within the conflict of the century...near the small Belgian village of Waterloo.
Written with wonderful authenticity, and sweeping from battleground to nation mansion, from French château to smoky Irish hovel, A shut Run Thing gilds heritage with a daring mind's eye in an unforgettable story of the fortunes of struggle and the conflicts of the spirit.