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 by means of 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 strive against a planned try to orchestrate his personal ruin.
The honors he received in India fell in need of Captain Matthew Hervey’s private desire–to go back to his liked sixth gentle Dragoons. yet now situations permit him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the attractive woman Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed seeing that adolescence. in the meantime, although, his soldier’s center is pierced by way of the sight of guys in British scarlet crippled within the provider of king and kingdom, now forgotten and do away with, lowered to begging and petty crime. it really is no ask yourself that rabble-rousers clamor for reform and that lawlessness is erupting all over, from the towns to the countryside.
As for Hervey’s personal cavalry, guarding Regency Brighton and ambushing French smugglers in dead night coves, he reveals them, too, drastically 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 holding the shine on their glowing brass buttons. additionally, it quickly turns into transparent that he'll cease at not anything to result in Hervey’s shame and downfall. For during this younger officer, a battle 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But the scandal that haunts Towcester is an outdated and mystery one and to show it will price Hervey his rank, the command of his loved Sixth–and the capability to aid his radiant, passionate bride. Even the captivating 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 commercial Revolution builds and meals riots crumple to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a normal insurrection. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized by means of enemies either inside and with no. 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 way 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 beautiful tapestry of shiny characters, rousing motion, and genuine ancient aspect 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 provide delivery to the future of a nation–and a hero.