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Man Of War


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War at sea- Matthew Hervey is set to re-join his regiment in England, while his close friend Captain Peto is at sea preparing his mighty line-of-battle ship for war with the Turks.

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Allan Mallinson is a former cavalry officer. Besides the Matthew Hervey series, he is the author of the recently revised and updated Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded. He is also a regular reviewer for The Times and the Spectator, and defence commentator for the Daily Telegraph. For more information on Matthew Hervey, please visit his website on


Rich in illuminating detail ... from the trivial to the arcane. The sea battle of Navarino is as thrilling as any fought on land by Hervey and the manoeuvres into which Hervey is accidentally drawn are as exciting as any battle. * The Times *
[A] splendid literary cavalry charge. This book finds Brigadier Mallinson at the top of his game. Pitch-perfect dialogue, deeply researched historical references ... well-drawn and moving. * Evening Standard *
The climactic battle is as tense, exciting, vivid and gory as we've come to expect for this master of military fiction * The Spectator *
Those who consider that the 20 novels making up Patrick O'Brian's magisterial Aubrey-Maturin series could never be too many will take heart from the fact that Man of War is only the ninth volume in Mallinson's wonderfully realised account of the Napoleonic era and its aftermath, with at least another dozen to follow, it is hoped. Combining an eye for vivid detail with a scholarly accuracy as to military and naval history expected from a former cavalry officer, Mallinson brings his chosen period to life with effortless flair. -- THE TIMES
Mallinson's crisp, authoritative storytelling is as excellent as ever -- DAILY TELEGRAPH

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