By Allan Mallinson
The 7th novel within the acclaimed and bestselling Matthew Hervey sequence unearths Hervey by myself and a prisoner within the fort of Badajos at the Spanish border.
While Hervey – taken captive within the ultimate pages of The Sabre’s area – plans his break out from the Spanish, his stories flip to 1812 whilst, as a tender cornet, he used to be a part of Wellington’s effective military because it driven its approach north via Spain in the direction of the Pyrenees. yet first the British needed to typhoon the fort the place he's imprisoned now: Badajos – a fort of big strategic value – the place French resistance used to be at its so much fierce and so much bloody.
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Additional info for An Act of Courage (Matthew Hervey, Book 7)
In an epigraph to the book, he writes that there are two kinds of pity: One, the weak and sentimental kind, which is really no more than the heart’s impatience to be rid as quickly as possible of the painful emotion aroused by the sight of another’s unhappiness ... ; and the other, the only kind that counts, the unsentimental but creative kind, which knows what it is about and is determined to hold out, in patience and forbearance, to the very limit of its strength and even beyond. This, as we discover later, is a quotation from Edith’s physician, Dr.
Have you time? ’ Of course I had time, and we paced up and down the now deserted streets far into the night. I have only made a few changes in his narrative (I need scarcely add it was not related to me at a single interview), such as putting Uhlans instead of Hussars, to conceal the identity of the various garrisons, and, of course, changing the names of people and places. But in no instance have I added anything essential of my own invention, and it is not I but the man who lived the story who now narrates it.
Not at all what I had imagined him to be, this Herr von Kekesfalva, not in the least the country squire with twirling Magyar moustaches, round-faced, plump and rubicund from good living. Behind gold-rimmed spectacles a pair of somewhat tired eyes floated above grey pouches, his shoulders seemed slightly hunched, his voice sounded wheezy, as though he were troubled by a cough; one would have taken him, if anything, for a scholar, with his slender, delicate features, which ended in a scanty, white goatee.