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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068510
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

Company Of Spears

(Matthew Hervey 8)




On the plains of South Africa, Matthew Hervey and the Light Dragoons confront the savage Zulus.

1827, and Matthew Hervey is on the look out for a new posting.
He soon finds one in the Cape Colonies, where there is need of a man to re-organise the local forces, and in particular to form a new company of horse.
Accompanied by a mixed-race captain from the disbanded Royal African Corps, Hervey heads out into the great South African plains and towards the territory of the Zulu and their legendary leader, King Shaka.
But it is not till he nears the Umtata River that his fiercest battle really begins. For the Zulus fight like no army he has encountered before. As Hervey and his greenhorn troops are plunged into battle, death is only a heartbeat away...

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068510
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

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 Company Of Spears

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

Daily Telegraph

“[Mallinson is] the heir to Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester”

Observer

“In Hervey, Mallinson has a character worthy of comparison with Forester's young Hornblower ... And as always there is a splendid backdrop of action.”

Punch

“Now at last a highly literate, deeply read cavalry officer shows one the nature of horse-borne warfare.”

Patrick O'Brian


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