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An Act of Courage (2005)

by Allan Mallinson

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Ok...I this is my first book by Allan Mallinson and it is #7 of a series. So there were a lot of flash back references in the book which made this read frustrating.

Our hero, Matthew Hervey, is in prison and as you read you are really not sure why. The book flashes forward and backward with the time difference diminishing as the book progresses. If I had read the other six preceding books I would probably have had a better idea as to what was going on but riding this book, at this time was a mistake.

When he writes on a thread that lasts more than 3-4 pages, it is very interesting but he has a bad habit of ending those chapters with a cliff hanger that is answered some time in the following chapter...of course disjointed in time. The cliff hangers are ok once in a while but get tiring as time goes on.

Mallison seems to be compared to Bernard Cornwell in his Sharpe series. Cornwell writing about the Napoleonic wars from the Redcoat/Rifles point of view while Mallison writes the same time period from a cavalry viewpoint. You don't feel as much a part of the action in this novel as you do with Cornwell. The battle scenes are adequate but with Cornwell you really feel a part of the battle...loading a musket in 20 secs like the rest.

Again I may be unfair reading this book out of order and I will track down the first in the series and see if things improve. ( )
  Lynxear | Jun 26, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553816748, Paperback)

The seventh novel in the acclaimed and bestselling Matthew Hervey series finds Hervey alone and a prisoner in the fortress of Badajos on the Spanish border.

While Hervey – taken captive in the final pages of The Sabre’s Edge – plans his escape from the Spanish, his memories turn to 1812 when, as a young cornet, he was part of Wellington’s victorious army as it pushed its way north through Spain towards the Pyrenees. But first the British had to storm the fortress where he is imprisoned now: Badajos – a fortress of huge strategic importance – where French resistance was at its most fierce and most bloody.

Both The Sabre’s Edge and Rumours of War were Sunday Times bestsellers in hardcover.

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While Hervey, taken captive in the final pages of 'The Sabre's Edge', plans his escape from the Spanish, his memories turn to 1812, when as a young cornet he was part of Wellington's victorious army as it pushed its way north through Spain towards the Pyranees.… (more)

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