Masters has written 17 books, mostly novels about Southeast Asia and India (Bhowani Junction. Nightrunners of Bengal). In this one Brigadier David Dylan Jones returns to Mingora (fictional) where his lover of many years ago, the still attractive Princess Kumara, is about to become queen of her Communist-beleaguered nation which is under the protection of Great Britain. Brigadier Jones, whom she calls Dylan, puts down a mutiny among his own Royal Fusiliers but soon finds himself having a nude swim with Kumara's marriageable daughter who fails to seduce him. Mother does much better during a lull in a tiger hunt (a Masters' set-piece this time featuring a pregnant woman's corpse as bait for the rogue tiger) and rakes the fires of past love to a new heat (she's a widow, Dylan's divorced). Kumara becomes queen when her- mother dies. She leads Dylan into breaking orders and actively fighting the Communists -- then hands him the bitter news that they must part for the good of her country. The lovers bow to a higher purpose. All too familiar but told in a brisk, pro style.