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 strive against a planned try and orchestrate his personal ruin.
The honors he gained in India fell wanting Captain Matthew Hervey’s private desire–to go back to his loved sixth gentle Dragoons. yet now situations permit him to renew command of the unit–and to marry the gorgeous girl Henrietta Lindsay, whom he has enjoyed on account that youth. in the meantime, in spite of the fact that, his soldier’s middle is pierced through the sight of fellows in British scarlet crippled within the carrier of king and nation, 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 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, enormously 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 protecting the shine on their sparkling brass buttons. additionally, 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 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But the scandal that haunts Towcester is an outdated and mystery one and to reveal it is going to fee Hervey his rank, the command of his loved Sixth–and the skill to aid his radiant, passionate bride. Even the fascinating and decided Henrietta, no longer above a bit politicking in excessive areas to correct wrongs, is not able to diplomatically placed a cease to Towcester’s vendetta.
As the economic Revolution builds and nutrients riots collapse to rioting Luddite mobs, Hervey’s troop is published to counter the specter of a common revolt. yet his box strategies and peacekeeping imaginative and prescient are jeopardized by means of enemies either inside of 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 through the march of swap, 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 old element that re-creates a global 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.