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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068480
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

An Act Of Courage

(Matthew Hervey 7)

The seventh novel in Allan Mallinson’s acclaimed and bestselling series finds Hervey alone and a prisoner in the fortress of Badajos on the Spanish border.

Christmas 1826 finds Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons alone and a prisoner. Captured by the Spanish, he is locked up in the notorious fortress of Badajoz, with little means of outside communication, his Prayer Book his only mental sustenance. He must escape, but as he lays his plans his thoughts return to 1812, when as a young cornet he was here with Wellington's Peninsular Army. Having survived the terrible retreat to Corunna, Hervey and the Sixth had gone on to endure three more years of fighting – only to be stalled at Badajoz...
Badajoz: a fortress of huge strategic importance, where two sieges had already failed, and where French resistance was at its bloodiest. No one – from the Duke of Wellington to the most lowly cornet – was in any doubt that in order to defeat Napoleon they must carry the day. As the young Hervey and his comrades prepared for the third and final attack on the fortress, the only options left were victory... or death.
What Hervey cannot know, as he paces his prison cell fourteen years later, is that in Lisbon, his close friends – including the beautiful Isabella Delgado – are rushing to his aid. The escape they plan is audacious in the extreme.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068480
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Allan Mallinson

Allan Mallinson was a soldier for thirty-five years, serving first with the infantry and then the cavalry. He began writing while still serving. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of whose descendant regiments he commanded. It was followed by A Close Run Thing, the first novel in the acclaimed and bestselling series chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer, Matthew Hervey, before and after Waterloo. His The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for several prizes, while his centenary history, 1914: Fight the Good Fight – Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War won the British Army's Book of the Year Award. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, is a provocative look at leadership during the Great War. Allan Mallinson also writes for The Times, is history editor for Unherd.com and reviews for the TLS and the Spectator. He lives on Salisbury Plain.

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Praise for An Act Of Courage

“'Irresistible...Mallinson reinforces his position as a master of narrative military history'”


“'He is back...writing once more with fluidity and power. By concentrating on the battle of Talavera and the investment of Badajoz, both sparklingly described, he plays to his undoubted strengths...rich in detail and impeccable wit'”


“'Mallinson's descriptions of what it's like to be on a campaign are as compelling, vivid and plausible as in any war novel I've ever read'”


“'The author's knowledge of warfare endows this novel, the seventh in a series, with strategic intelligence and superb craftsmanship.'”

The Oxford Times

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