By Allan Mallinson
1817 and 1818 haven't been strong years for Matthew Hervey. His liked spouse Henrietta is lifeless and he's now not within the 6th regiment. Now he's kicking his heels in a corrupt and unruly England some distance faraway from its as soon as wonderful earlier. 1819 sees Hervey in Rome along with his sister Elizabeth the place an opportunity assembly with guy of letters Percy Bysshe Shelley leads him to reconsider his destiny. understanding simply how a lot he misses the thrill of army motion and the camaraderie of his regiment, Hervey hurriedly purchases a brand new fee and is refitted for the uniform of the sixth gentle Dragoons. Hervey’s so much rapid job is to elevate a brand new troop and to prepare delivery, for his males and horses are to set sail for India with fast effect.
What Hervey and his greenhorn squaddies can't recognize is that during India they are going to face considered one of their hardest trials. a good number of Burmese warboats are being assembled close to the headwaters of the river resulting in Chittagong, and the one option to thwart their develop consists of an laborious and unsafe march via jungle territory. What starts off as a comparatively basic operation turns into a trip into the guts of darkness, as Hervey and his troop locate themselves in the middle of sizzling and bloody motion as soon as more.
From the Hardcover edition.