GEORGE HART just wants to serve his Queen and honour his family. It's not that simple.
He doesn't know his father, only that he's a pillar of the Establishment. His beloved mother is half Irish, half Zulu.
In a Victorian society rife with racism and prejudice, George's dark skin spells trouble to his regimental commander.
But George has soldiering in his blood - the only question is what he's really fighting for: ancestry or Empire. In the heat of battle he must decide . . .
Saul David is a historian and broadcaster and is currently Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham. His many critically-acclaimed books include Zulu, Victoria's Wars and 100 Days to Victory. He has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels. Visit Saul's website at www.sauldavid.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @sauldavid66
'Gems like this are too rare. I was hooked in ten pages.'
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
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.
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
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.
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
David knows his stuff, historically, and there is much to admire in his evocation of 19th Century warfare
Mail on Sunday
The details of the l879 campaign are superbly laid out, and this is a real education
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
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