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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068572
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

Rumours Of War

(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...

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407068572
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

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 Rumours Of War

“With this intelligent but pacy book, Brigadier Mallinson stays well on course to be regarded as the landlubbers' Patrick O'Brian'”

Sunday Telegraph

“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'”

The Times

“'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.”

Country Life

“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”

Daily Telegraph


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