By Allan Mallinson
1817 and 1818 haven't been strong years for Matthew Hervey. His loved spouse Henrietta is lifeless and he's now not within the 6th regiment. Now he's kicking his heels in a corrupt and unruly England a long way faraway from its as soon as excellent earlier. 1819 sees Hervey in Rome along with his sister Elizabeth the place an opportunity assembly with guy of letters Percy Bysshe Shelley leads him to reconsider his destiny. understanding simply how a lot he misses the thrill of army motion and the camaraderie of his regiment, Hervey hurriedly purchases a brand new fee and is refitted for the uniform of the sixth gentle Dragoons. Hervey’s so much speedy job is to elevate a brand new troop and to arrange delivery, for his males and horses are to set sail for India with rapid effect.
What Hervey and his greenhorn squaddies can't recognize is that during India they're going to face considered one of their hardest trials. various Burmese warboats are being assembled close to the headwaters of the river resulting in Chittagong, and the one method to thwart their boost consists of an hard and unsafe march via jungle territory. What starts off as a comparatively uncomplicated operation turns into a trip into the center of darkness, as Hervey and his troop locate themselves in the middle of sizzling and bloody motion as soon as more.
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A Call to Arms (Matthew Hervey, Book 4) by Allan Mallinson