A Call To Arms: (Matthew Hervey 4)
Matthew Hervey is charged with raising a new troop, and organising transport for India - for he, his men and their horses are to set sail with immediate effect.
What Hervey and his greenhorn soldiers cannot know is that in India they will face a trial for which they are ill prepared. A large number of Burmese war-boats are assembled near Chittagong, and the only way to thwart their advance involves a hazardous march through the jungle.Soon Hervey and his troop are in the midst of hot and bloody action once again...
'The book picks up a pace that mirrors a cavalry charge ...Hervey continues to grow in stature, while Mallinson himself continues to delight.' Observer
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There is a very slow pace to this book and not much action in the major portion of it until right at the end. However it is about the man and his journey so it is to be expected. The reward is the detail of how a cavalry regiment conducts itself in the colonial period, in particular its recruitment, training, transport to foreign lands, acclimatisation, the reactions to the politics of the region and short sharp actions thereof.