A Company of Spears (Matthew Hervey, Book 8) by Allan Mallinson

By Allan Mallinson

The 8th novel within the acclaimed and bestselling sequence reveals Hervey on his approach to South Africa the place he's getting ready to shape a brand new physique of cavalry, the Cape fixed Rifles.

All appears set reasonable for significant Matthew Hervey: information of a good-looking legacy may still let him to buy command of his liked regiment, the sixth mild Dragoons. he's resolved to marry, and fairly to his shock, the thing of his affections — the widow of the past due Sir Ivo Lankester — has quite simply consented. yet he has reckoned with out the opportunism of a fellow officer with prepared money handy; and prior to too lengthy, he's searching for a brand new posting. despite the fact that, Hervey has continuously been well-served through outdated and constant acquaintances, and Eyre Somervile involves his reduction with the technique of merchandising: there's desire of a guy to assist reorganize the neighborhood forces on the Cape Colony, and specifically to shape a brand new physique of horse.

At the Cape, Hervey is immediately thrown into frontier skirmishes with the Xhosa and Bushmen, however it is Eyre Somervile’s guide to variety deep around the frontier, into the territory of the Zulus, that's his maximum attempt. followed by way of the fascinating, cultured, yet dissipated Edward Fairbrother, a black captain from the disbanded Royal African Corps and bastard son of a Jamaican planter, he makes touch with the mythical King Shaka, and thereafter warns Somervile of the risk that the increasing Zulu country poses to the Cape Colony.
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he climax of the unconventional is the conflict of Umtata River (August 1828), during which Hervey has to struggle as he hasn't ever fought earlier than, and in so doing saves the lifetime of the nephew of 1 of the Duke of Wellington’s closest friends.

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The stern faces of the privates and junior officers were begrimed with smoke and their eyes were reddened. Khmelev was around 30 years of age and well-built. There was not a trace of timidity on his manly face. His grey eyes were open, penetrating and resolute. The Order of the Red Banner was decorating the Lieutenant’s chest. He was holding a German machine pistol and had one of our Mosin 1891/30 rifles slung over his shoulder. ‘I request permission, Comrade Major, to fight the Germans here together with you.

The Major, smiling, walked back to the table. I was standing by the entrance, scanning those present for Kruglov. He wasn’t there. The frightening thought flashed through my mind: ‘Perhaps he didn’t . qxd 30/11/2009 14:23 Page 45 On Reconnaissance 45 Lieutenant noisily entered the bunker and impulsively embraced Romanov and me: ‘My friends, time won’t forget what you’ve done . . You bailed us out of a tough situation . ’ An interrogation of the prisoners started. ’ The prisoner stood up. ‘I don’t understand the Russian language,’ he brusquely said in German to the translator.

That’s our best gift,’ Romanov replied. We all fell silent for a spell. One of Khmelev’s soldiers broke the silence: ‘Hey! It’d be a fine thing now to get acquainted with your cook. ’ ‘Abandoned? ’ Sergeant Rogov, a husky man of middle age with a broad face and high cheekbones, scowled at Sidorov: ‘You know, in the area of Kingisepp and Sapsok we beat back ten or eleven tank attacks a day, and if it hadn’t been for the enemy air force, we wouldn’t have retreated! The fascist vultures didn’t let us breathe.

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