The year is 1808, and Hamish Williams is a 'gentlemen volunteer' in
the 106th regiment of foot, a man serving with the ranks but living
with the officers, and uncomfortable in both worlds: looked down on
by those with the money or influence to buy their rank, and
distrusted by the common soldiers who know he is not one of them.
But Williams is determined to prove by deeds alone that he is a man
worthy of advancement, and when the 106th embarks for Portugal to
begin what will become known as the Peninsula War against Napoleon,
he knows his chance of glory is at hand. Soon he is receiving a
sharp lesson in the realities of war, as the 106th undergoes a
bloody baptism at the hands of the French - and he realises that
his single-minded devotion to honour may not, after all, be the
quickest route to promotion. Combining the vivid detail of a master
historian with the engaging characters and pulsating action of a
natural storyteller, TRUE SOLDIER GENTLEMAN is the first volume in
what promises to be a classic series.