On His Majesty's Service : (Matthew Hervey 11) Paperback
January 1829: George IV is on the throne, Wellington is England's prime-minister, and snow is falling thickly on the London streets as Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Hervey is summoned to the Horse Guards in the expectation of command of his regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons.
But the benefits of long-term peace at home mean cuts in the army, and Hervey is told that the Sixth are to be reduced to a single squadron.
With his long-term plans in disarray, he undertakes instead a six-month assignment as an observer with the Russian army.
Soon Hervey, his friend Edward Fairbrother and his faithful groom, Private Johnson, are sailing north to St Petersburg, and from there to the Eastern Balkans, and the ferocious war between Russia and the Ottoman Empire.
Hervey is meant to be an impartial spectator in the campaign, but soon the circumstances - and his own nature - propel him into a more active role.
In the climactic Battle of Kulewtscha, in which more troops were engaged than in any battle since Waterloo, Hervey and Fairbrother find themselves in the thick of the action.
For Matthew Hervey, the stakes have never been higher - or more personal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages, B & w maps
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/06/2012
- Category: Historical adventure
- ISBN: 9780553818642
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Review by Eyejaybee
After the feast, the reckoning. I had been fortunate enough to read three or four exceptionally good books in a row and then I stumbled upon this one which brought the lucky streak to an abrupt end. To be fair, this novel is the eleventh in a sequence and i haven't read any of its predecessors, so I acknowledge that I may not be particularly qualified to judge this instalment. Sadly, based upon my experience with this episode i doubt whether I shall be making any efforts to bring myself up to speed with the earlier volumes.