A brilliant Victorian adventure set in the Zulu wars in South Africa, introducing series character George Hart, the bastard son of a pillar of the British military establishment and a half Irish, half Zulu actress.
Bullied at school for his suspiciously dark skin and lack of a father, Hart soon learns to fight -- and win. At eighteen, his world is shaken by his mother's revelation that his anonymous father is willing to give him a vast inheritance -- provided he can prove himself worthy of the prize as an officer in the King's Dragoon Guards. At a time when racism and prejudice are rife in Victorian society, Hart struggles to come to terms with his identity. Forced to leave the army, he decides to head to South Africa, and a fresh start. But George Hart has soldiering in his blood, and once in Africa the urge to serve again is strong. Yet now he is caught between two fierce and unyielding forces as Britain drives towards war with the Zulus. Hart must make a choice -- and fight for his life.
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'Gems like this are too rare. I was hooked in ten pages.' -- Conn Iggulden on ZULU HART 20081110 'Saul David has already shown himself to be a first-rate historian, now he proves to be a masterly story-teller. ZULU HART left me wanting more...much more' -- Bernard Cornwell 20081125 'David is a popular historian with a rare talent for turning a history lesson into a rattling good yarn. This is an unashamed crowd-pleaser with a compelling, sexy hero who could give Cornwell's Sharpe a run for his money.' -- The Times 20090307 'A Victorian adventure as big as the veldt and chewier than buffalo biltong ... real figures of the period are endowed with motive, intent and dialogue that may be fictitious but are entirely convincing' -- Sunday Telegraph 20090301 'For a well-established historian of the Victorian army, turning one's hand from non-fiction to fiction is no easy matter. Saul David, however, crosses that bridge highly competently. This is a fast-moving and succinct account of the machinations and betrayals that surrounded that fateful day in 1879.' -- Daily Mail 20090227 'David's novel is brimming with interesting historical detail, and where his portraits are of actual historical figures, they convince totally. It is an informative and likeable read' -- Literary Review 20090511 'David knows his stuff, historically, and there is much to admire in his evocation of 19th Century warfare' -- Mail on Sunday 20090405 'The details of the l879 campaign are superbly laid out, and this is a real education' -- Daily Telegraph 20090405 'Let's hope that Saul David's new character will be reappearing...A terrific adventure and a genre that goes from strength to strength.' -- Rodney Troubridge, March 2009 Bookseller's Choice, Bookseller 20081212 'Plenty of action and bloody death, incompetent and scheming officers, and a brace of lovely women tugging at Hart's heart make for a terrific yarn' -- Sun Herald, Australia 20090522 'David is brilliant at showing both sides of the combat and the book includes magnificent accounts of the shambles that was Isandlwana and the feat at arms that followed it at Rorke's Drift.' -- Shaun Hutson, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year, on ZULU 20090522 'Must supersede Donald Morris's bestseller The Washing of the Spears' -- Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph on ZULU 20090522 'A great narrative, a powerful story told at an exciting pace that never neglects the colourful details' -- Princess Michael of Kent, Mail on Sunday on VICTORIA'S WARS 20090522 'Saul David, a splendid narrator, interweaves histories of each of the early wars of Victoria's reign with the Queen's own experiences' -- Sunday Telegraph on VICTORIA'S WARS 20090522
About Saul David
Saul David is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of several critically-acclaimed history books, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year) and, most recently, Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire. An experienced broadcaster, Saul David has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular contributor to Radio 4. Visit Saul's website at www.sauldavid.co.uk.
Zulu Hart: (Zulu Hart 1) by Saul David
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