A Close Run Thing : (Matthew Hervey 1), Paperback Book

A Close Run Thing : (Matthew Hervey 1) Paperback

Part of the Matthew Hervey series

2 out of 5 (1 rating)


Waterloo, 1815As the war against Bonaparte rages to its bloody end upon the field of Waterloo, a young officer goes about his duty in the ranks of Wellington's army.

He is Cornet Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons - a soldier, gentleman and man or honour, who suddenly finds himself allotted a hero's role ... Momentous times call for momentous acts: as the Napoleonic Wars escalate, Cornet Hervey faces decisions, both military and romantic, which will change the course of his life, and possibly the outcome of Waterloo... 'I have never read a more enthralling account of a battle ...

This is the first in a series of Matthew Hervey adventures.

The next can't come soon enough for me'Daily Mail


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
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  • Category: Historical adventure
  • ISBN: 9780553507133

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This Peninsula War historical is billed as 'Introducing Matthew Hervey of the Light Dragoons' and was recommended to me as a horseman's Sharpe. Unfortunately, the best I can say for it is that it's well researched, and it has helped me clarify some of the things I like about Patrick O'Brian's writing. It is very well researched though - credit where it's due.Rather than focussing on a single battle or other action, this book covers the period from April 1814 to the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, as we follow Matthew - an impoverished junior officer - from Spain, to England, Ireland, France, back to England, and finally back to France. The tone is flat, the language uninspiring, and the tell-don't-show action moves along at such a clip there's hardly time to get to know, let alone care about, anyone but Matthew Hervey, and even he never quite feels fully rounded. I don't regret the time spent reading it, but I don't care enough to hunt down the rest of the series, so this is one for the BookMooch pile, I'm afraid.

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