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From the Sunday Times bestselling author Allan Mallinson, a riveting read with the perfect combination of hero, history and adventure – perfect for fans of Patrick O’Brian and Bernard Cornwell.

“Convincingly drawn, perfectly paced and expertly written…A Joy to read” – Antony Beevor.
“I can’t wait to read the next in the series…” – ***** Reader review.
“A captivating read…”- ***** Reader review.
“Allan Mallinson is a truly gifted storyteller…”- ***** Reader review.


Waterloo 1815. The war against Napoleon Bonaparte is raging to its bloody end at Waterloo.

A young officer – Cornet Matthew Hervey – going about his duty suddenly finds himself at the crux of events.
The decisions he has to make – both military and romantic – will change the course of his life, and possible have far reaching political consequences…

A Close Run Thing is the first book in Allan Mallinson’s Matthew Hervey series. His adventures continue in The Nizam’s Daughters.