A Call to Arms

A Call to Arms

Book - 2003
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1819 sees Hervey in Rome with his sister Elizabeth where a chance meeting with Percy Bysshe Shelley leads him to rethink his future. Soon he is en route for Hounslow via Whitehall where he purchases a new commission in the 6th Light Dragoons.
Publisher: London ; Toronto : Transworld Pub., 2003, c2002
ISBN: 9780553815627
Characteristics: 373 p. : map


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Apr 07, 2012

I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous 3 in the series. I found it rather slow moving with a somewhat disjointed plot (or perhaps more than one plot). It may be that I was getting tired of Mallinson's writing in a pre-Victorian style (though this lends a great deal of authenticity to the novel). Nevertheless Mallinson's description of regimental recruitment of the era and his description of army life in India was fascinating. As I mentioned before, I would love to have a glossary for the military, Indian, and the time period vocabulary. A decent read for those interested in this era and in the cavalry of the time, but without such an interest the plot would not likely hold many readers.

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