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1826: Napoleon Bonaparte is dead, the Congress of Vienna's work is done, and there is peace in Europe. However, in Portugal there is the scent of civil war in the air following the death of King John VI.

Newly returned from India, Matthew Hervey joins a party of officers sent to make an assessment and lend support to the Portuguese queen. His place on the expedition is secured with the help and influence of his new friend, Lady Katherine Greville. But the Peninsula is a place redolent with memories....

©2004 Allan Mallinson (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • David K Anderson
  • 20-05-18

Smart, well-written, first rate.

This is a wonderful series for those who love good historical fiction written by someone with a deep knowledge of the past who cares about getting the details right

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  • Michael
  • 11-08-18

Story within a Story with No Conclusion

After enjoy the first 3 books of this series, I found this one frustrating on a number of different levels. Half of the book is a flashback to an event 18 years earlier that is interspersed throughout this book. Many times the reader is required to be paying close attention or you don't get the transition. Then the main story is left unfinished. After 14 1/2 hours of listening there should be some conclusion. Knowing that the next book is unavailable, makes it even worse.