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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553818643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553818642
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Mallinson is a former infantry and cavalry officer of thirty-five years' service worldwide. He is the author of the Matthew Hervey series of novels; Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded; and The Making of the British Army, a history of the Army from the Civil War to the present-day War on Terror. He writes on defence matters for The Times, the Daily Telegraph and is a regular reviewer for The Times, the Spectator and the Literary Review. For more information on Allan Mallinson and his books, please visit his website: www.hervey.info

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"What is left to be said about Allan Mallinson? Only this perhaps: he has done for the British army what C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian did for the royal navy, and his novels are every bit as addictive as theirs... On His Majesty's Service is the tenth of his Matthew Hervey novels... Splendid, irresistible stuff, and not for addicts only" (Allan Massie SPECTATOR)

"A fascinating lively romp" (THE TIMES)

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In the Eastern Balkans, Matthew Hervey faces bloody war with the Turks in the eleventh novel in Allan Mallinson's acclaimed and bestselling series.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I always find Allan Mallinson books hard to review, the man is obviously highly literate, he knows his subject better than most writers alive, the series is obviously successful with this being book 11 but i think it falls into the marmite of books.
If you like the slow burn slightly dry writing, the story that could be at times out of a text book then this will really appeal, but if you like the cut and thrust of an action packed tale full of blood and thunder then you will not get it...well not much, and it takes too much time getting there.
Im cheap i like to be entertained most of the time and this time it did and didn't do it for me...but lets face it...I have 11 allan Mallinson books on my shelves, so i keep coming back for a look, i keep wanting to find out where Hervey will go next so even the adventure loving cynic that is my likes it enough to keep coming back.

I think you have to find out yourself. But if you are a new buyer sitting on the fence, wondering..."Do i buy this book"?
I would say yes, its well written, very well researched, the dialogue is good. You will just have to decide if thats enough for the future of if you also need the blood thunder and excitement of say a Scarrow.

I really wavered between 3 and 4 stars and eventually settled on 4, anyone who makes me buy 11 books deserves that much respect.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By james eves on 17 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
It`s always good to have a old friend back in the saddle and its been 3 years since our last outing with Matthew Hervey.After his adventures in the Cape, Hervey and Fairbrother are back in London waiting for Horse Guards to decide on his future now that the army is being cut back,sounds very much like the present day.Once again Allan Mallinson does what he does best with his in-depth research and passion for the period that kept me page turning to the end, as Hervey and Fairbrother are sent as observers with the Russian army in their ferocious war with the Ottoman Empire and they are soon in the thick of the action.Mallinson is in his element with the army and the battle scene`s,but i also really enjoyed how he brought to life the snow coverd streets of 1829 old London town.I am sure we have more to come of Hervey and Fairbrother and i for one can not wait for the next bugle call.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Peacock MA on 7 Sept. 2011
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I confess to some disappointment in this title from the Hervey series, the big problem as I see it is there has been such a long gap since the last book (over 2 years). I can't say the subject matter was particularly interesting either and the book really dragged in places.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Craig on 19 Jun. 2011
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I have copies of all of the Matthew Hervey books and had waited anxiously for On His Majesty's Service to appear.
The book is a complete departure from the previous books in the series. In short I have reluctantly to say that its slow going and I felt no involvement in the story.
Hervey is now a Lieutenant Colonel and goes off to observe the war between the Russians and the Turks. Every place name was unmemorable and unpronounceable exactly the same must be said of the various officers, both Russion and Turkish, mentioned. Even the usually irrepressible Private Johnson has little to say.
Having read the book I have no real idea where the actions took place or what was the purpose of the war between Russia and the Turks.
Certainly if this had been my introduction to Matthew Hervey I would not have bought another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Aug. 2012
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-- One or two slight spoilers included --

So, after a hiatus, Matthew Hervey is trotted out again by the Brigadier. Again, another obscure facet of 19th century military operations is highlighted, so historically interested readers will have a lot to enjoy. And again, certain questions remain to the devoted reader: What is it with Kezia and Matthew Hervey? What about Armstrong? What, indeed about Hervey's family, both clandestine, open, and military?

In some ways, this cycle of books works better if the "family" of the VIth Light Dragoons is part of the plot, but here, as so many times before, the Brigadier is keen to send his protagonist to where the action is, and accordingly, Lt-Col Hervey is once more away on detached duty for Horseguards. So, despite the familiar presences of Fairbrother and Johnson, something is lacking for the devoted reader.

So, while I enjoyed the read, and stormed through it as quickly as anyone with a small child and a job can, I still was left feeling a little underwhelmed. There was action - but it was either limited or a bit too unconvincingly set up - Hervey exceeds his orders and charges into a battle not really his own. There was introspection, but Hervey appears to be a very good procrastinator, and by extension so apparently is the Brigadier: The mess that is Hervey's private life is shown, but no conclusive developments occur. This disappointed me, as Hervey's wife seemed to have turned a corner in the previous novel, only to revert to her figure of distance and rigidity here. There were deaths, although using a Star Trek type redshirt character for them may be considered bit cheap. There is even some intrigue, but that may require some further development in a future novel.
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