In the tradition of Patrick O’Brian’s beloved historical military adventures comes the first in a dashing new series featuring Cornet Matthew Hervey, a young cavalry officer in Wellington’s army of 1815. A Close Run Thing
For two decades, since the French Revolution, England and her allies have fought a seemingly endless war to loosen Bonaparte’s stranglehold on Europe. Matthew Hervey, a twenty-three-year-old parson’s son, has risen through the ranks of His Majesty’s cavalry to a junior command in the 6th Light Dragoons.
Torn by ambition and ensnared in the intrigues of Wellington’s army, Matthew struggles to shape his destiny, but his efforts are about to be cast to the winds of fate. For amid the clash of armies, he will find himself a catalyst in the battle of the century…near the small Belgian village of Waterloo.
Allan Mallinson is a serving cavalry officer in the British army and the author of Light Dragoons, a history of British cavalry. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Rome, where he is military attaché.
"Of recent years many eminent hands have undertaken to lead the reader deep into the Royal Navy of Nelson’s time, describing the life of the service, the men who sailed those ‘far-distant, storm-beaten ships, upon which the Grand Army never looked’ but which ‘stood between it and the dominion of the world.’
"Hitherto nobody that I know of has done anything like the same for the army, which did after all have a not inconsiderable share in winning the war; but now at last a highly literate, deeply read cavalry officer of high rank shows one the nature of horse-borne warfare in those times; and Colonel Mallinson’s A Close Run Thing is very much to be welcomed." –Patrick O’Brian, author of the Aubrey-Maturin series
"Mallinson’s A Close Run Thing is an astonishingly impressive debut in the field of Napoleonic fiction. Convincingly drawn, perfectly paced and expertly written, this cavalryman’s tale is a joy to read. I hope it will be the first of many." –Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege