By Allan Mallinson
ALLAN MALLINSON’S A shut Run Thing and Honorable Company stirred readers and critics with the army adventures of younger Captain Matthew Hervey on the conflict of Waterloo and amid the cruel terrain and treacherous intrigues of India. Now, in 1817, Hervey returns to an England whose hard-won peace is shaken via the misery and discord of its humans. or even as he's stuck up within the turbulent sunrise of a brand new period, he needs to wrestle a planned try to orchestrate his personal ruin.
The honors he gained in India fell in need of Captain Matthew Hervey’s private desire–to go back to his cherished sixth mild Dragoons. yet now situations let him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the gorgeous woman Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed because formative years. in the meantime, notwithstanding, his soldier’s middle is pierced by means of the sight of fellows in British scarlet crippled within the carrier of king and state, now forgotten and get rid of, decreased to begging and petty crime. it really is no ask yourself that rabble-rousers clamor for reform and that lawlessness is erupting in all places, from the towns to the countryside.
As for Hervey’s personal cavalry, guarding Regency Brighton and ambushing French smugglers in nighttime coves, he unearths them, too, greatly replaced. Their new lieutenant colonel, Lord Towcester, is a cold-eyed martinet–vain, inept, and bigoted–who cares much less for the welfare of his males than for maintaining the shine on their sparkling brass buttons. furthermore, it quickly turns into transparent that he'll cease at not anything to lead to Hervey’s shame and downfall. For during this younger officer, a warfare hero and previous aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, Towcester sees all that he himself as soon as forfeited via cowardice.
But the scandal that haunts Towcester is an previous and mystery one and to show it will fee Hervey his rank, the command of his cherished Sixth–and the skill to help his radiant, passionate bride. Even the fascinating and made up our minds Henrietta, now not above a bit politicking in excessive locations to correct wrongs, is not able to diplomatically placed a cease to Towcester’s vendetta.
As the economic Revolution builds and nutrition riots cave in to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a basic insurrection. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized by means of enemies either inside and with out. after which destiny calls his regiment to the darkish frozen wastes of a far off frontier, the place one other people’s lifestyle is being destroyed by means of the march of switch, and the place tragedy and bloodshed will strength a showdown among Hervey and his nemesis.
A Regimental Affair is a gorgeous tapestry of brilliant characters, rousing motion, and actual ancient element that re-creates an international of well mannered English drawing rooms, poverty-stricken London streets, and frozen battlefields, the place human ardour and blind destiny supply start to the future of a nation–and a hero.