SHADOW OF THE MOON by M. M. Kaye

SHADOW OF THE MOON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Indian Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, and the attempt to shed the rule of England- and particularly of the East India Company, is opulently, violently resurrected here through the lives of Captain Alex Randall, of that company, and Winter de Ballasteros Barton. Randall, commissioned to escort Winter from England to India to marry his superior- Conway Barton- tries to warn her that the man she has been sent to wed is a drunk and a libertine. But Winter, who nurtures notions of India as the home of her birth, and Barton as the kindly man she remembers from her childhood, disregards him. It is an unendurable marriage indeed, and the land is far from peaceable; the dangerous Kishan Prasad in instigating a native uprising and a particular plot to kill Alex is overheard and prevented by Winter. Finally after the massacre, in which Barton is killed, Winter and Alex and a few others escape to the jungle, survive the dangers there and capture later and are at last free-for each other.... For the memsahibs- to rent- a turbulent tale on all scores.

Pub Date: April 25th, 1957
Publisher: Messner