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It's 1814, and Napoleon is hard-pressed to defend France from a combination of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain. Nor is he the only one in a quandary.

Matthew Hervey, a young British cornet, is in a rather unusual situation. As far as he knows, it's highly irregular to be arrested on a battlefield after a successful action.

Still, it's hardly the first time politics has interrupted war, and as Hervey's career progresses, he increasingly balances both, sometimes more successfully than others!

©2000 Allan Mallinson (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 02-06-18

A Historical Military Story

This is book one of a series about Cornet Matthew Hervey. In this book Hervey is with the Duke of Wellington’s Army in the Napoleonic Wars. The time frame is about 1814 to 1815. We follow Hervey through the Peninsular Campaign to Waterloo.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. Mallinsen provides detailed information about the period as well as life in the army. The book is weak on dialog. The author has done an excellent job in putting the reader into the period of history. I assume that Mallinsen is setting the scene and building his background for the series. Hervey is a Calvary officer and the author provides a great deal of information about Calvary horses and their care during the Napoleonic Wars. I was impressed with the section about the battle of Waterloo; Mallinsen did an excellent job describing the battle. Napoleon came so close to winning. It started me thinking about what Europe and the world would be like today if he had won. The author is a retired British Army Officer who turned to writing both non-fiction and fiction. I enjoyed this and will be looking for book two of the series.

The book is fourteen and a half hours. Errick Graham did a good job narrating the book. Graham is an actor and audiobook narrator.


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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 05-02-18

an excellent listen

As a fan of historical fiction I have enjoyed this book very much. in the 70s as a school boy, I first read c s Foersters hornblower books and find this in that vein. in latter yrs the books of Cornwall and scarrow among others have been my favourites, and the difference between them is one of rank. the writings contrast language of the street and that of an officer class which at the time of king george felt themselves superior.