(Matthew Hervey 6)
The Sixth Gripping Matthew Hervey Adventure
1826: Bonaparte is dead and there is a peace in Europe. But in Portugal, the rumour is of civil war following the death of King John VI. With Spain, and perhaps even France, threatening to take sides, England's historic treaty with Portugal is set to be invoked.
Newly returned from India, Matthew Hervey joins a mission sent to assess the situation and lend support to the Portuguese regent. But the Peninsula is redolent with memories. It was here, nearly twenty years earlier, that the young Cornet Hervey had his first taste of action when the 6th Light Dragoons played their part in Sir John Moore's defiant stand at Corunna. And as he prepares for battle once more, Hervey finds himself confronting ghosts from his past...
“With this intelligent but pacy book, Brigadier Mallinson stays well on course to be regarded as the landlubbers' Patrick O'Brian'”
“Mallinson's shrewd handling of the issues of discipline and tactics, the responsibilities of junior and senior command, and the self-esteem of the cavalry, reflect both his own professional experience and excellent historical judgement'”
“'As always, the author manages to integrate Hervey's life seamlessly into history...Rumours of War is as well-written, and as wholly engrossing, as any of the previous novels in the series' T. J. Binyon, Evening Standard ”
“Mallinson writes in beautiful almost Jane Austen-like English and his command of history, military detail, horse-mastership ... polymathic.”
“I enjoyed the adventure enormously...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”