The Tigress of Mysore
Following their successful invasion of Coorg in order to remove the state’s deranged rajah, Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Hervey is looking forward to a few months’ respite for his regiment, the 6th Light Dragoons, and his family. Indeed, with his stock standing high throughout British India, he has rarely counted himself so content. But it is not to last. Lord William Bentinck, the governor-general believes that Hervey is just the man to form and lead a force of suppression against the ‘thuggee’ and ‘dacoity’ criminals who threaten the stability of both the East India Company’s domains and a number of friendly princely states. And so Hervey and the Sixth embark on a campaign that will prove to be infinitely complex and very bloody – and put Hervey’s own family in very real danger.
‘Matthew Hervey is as splendid a hero as ever sprang from an author’s pen’ The Times
Following the 6th Light Dragoons’ successful campaign in the state of Coorg and the deposition of its deranged Rajah, Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Hervey is looking forward to a few months’ respite for his regiment, for himself and his family. Indeed, with his reputation restored, he’s rarely felt so content. Alas, such tranquillity is not to last.
India’s governor-general believes Hervey is just the man to lead a force against the Thuggee and Dacoity gangs whose increasingly vicious attacks threaten not only the stability of a number of friendly princely states but also, of course, the East India Company’s interests in the sub-continent.
And so Hervey reluctantly leads the Sixth into the field once more. It’s a mission that will prove infinitely more complex, brutal and bloody than anyone predicted. For Hervey has taken the first steps on the path towards the conflagration history calls the Indian Mutiny . . .
‘Mallinson’s series of early 19th-century military adventures are even better than Patrick O’Brian’s naval equivalent . . . Faithful period detail. Rattling pace. Loveable characters’ A. N. Wilson
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