THE IRON STALLIONS by Max Hennessy

THE IRON STALLIONS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The concluding volume to Hennessy's British cavalry trilogy (Soldier of the Queen, Blunted Lance)--with the multi-generational action of the Golf clan now moving into the WW II period. In 1925, Sir Colby Goff's young grandson Josh, raised at Braxby Manor, runs off to join the 19th Lancers. He's quickly best man in his outfit, but he's chucked out when his true age is discovered. So, after a trip to Germany and some doomed romance, Josh becomes an officer at Sandhurst, officially re-enters the Cavalry, goes through the mechanization of the 19th, and weds Scots heiress Aisla. War comes; the 19th are stalemated in Belgium, then ordered to fall back to Dunkirk. Wounded, Josh returns to Braxby and inherits when his grandmother dies. When Aisla dies, pregnant, in a London bombing, Josh leaves for Egypt to fight Rommel. And when old flame Louise's husband dies, she marries Josh at last--while he gets a brigade and is off to the Normandy front as a brigadier. But, in a sacrificial attack to end the war, the 19th is wiped out and all his friends die, leaving a weakened Josh bound for Berlin. Somewhat more routine than the previous installments (lots of loose ends to tie up), but strong, likable genre fiction--and a must, of course, for series regulars.

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1982
Publisher: Atheneum