A Call to Arms

A Call to Arms

Book - 2003 | Bantam edition.
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India 1819

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

Publisher: London : Bantam, 2003.
Edition: Bantam edition.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780553813500
9780553815627
0553815628
Branch Call Number: MAL
Characteristics: 473 pages :,map ;,20 cm

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TheIronPaw
Apr 07, 2012

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous 3 in the series. I found it rather slow moving with a somewhat disjointed plot (or perhaps more than one plot). It may be that I was getting tired of Mallinson's writing in a pre-Victorian style (though this lends a great deal of authenticity to the novel). Nevertheless Mallinson's description of regimental recruitment of the era and his description of army life in India was fascinating. As I mentioned before, I would love to have a glossary for the military, Indian, and the time period vocabulary. A decent read for those interested in this era and in the cavalry of the time, but without such an interest the plot would not likely hold many readers.

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