George Hart is the illegitimate son of a half-Irish, half-Zulu actress and a pillar of the British military establishment. His father refuses to acknowledge him as his son and imposes a set of conditions which George must fulfill in order for him to come into his inheritance. Joining a crack regiment as an officer, he learns the art of war. However, faced with racism and bigotry, he is forced to resign his commission and leaves England for South Africa. Here he soon finds himself back in uniform and takes part in the campaign against the Zulus, where he finds himself involved in both the disastrous battle at Isandlwana and the heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift.
Saul David is the author of several works of military nonfiction, and the book brings to life the politics behind the campaign, the historical characters, and the actual battles fought. If you like your heroes dashing, courageous, outspoken and your enemies self-serving cads, then take out your Martini-Henry carbine and prepare to gallop across the veldt in pursuit of honour and glory. This is Saul David’s first foray into fiction; I look forward to his next account as George Hart continues his exploits. Recommended.