By Allan Mallinson
1817 and 1818 haven't been reliable years for Matthew Hervey. His loved spouse Henrietta is lifeless and he's 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. knowing simply how a lot he misses the buzz 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 mild Dragoons. Hervey’s such a lot quick job is to elevate a brand new troop and to prepare delivery, for his males and horses are to set sail for India with instant effect.
What Hervey and his greenhorn infantrymen can't understand is that during India they'll face one in every of their hardest trials. a great number of Burmese warboats are being assembled close to the headwaters of the river resulting in Chittagong, and the one method to thwart their enhance comprises an exhausting 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 course of sizzling and bloody motion as soon as more.
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