Many thanks to former newspaper editor Steve Dyson for a write-up on the Hold the Front Page website. He says:
This 535-page tome is a complex twist of political mischief, military blunders and secretive, steamy love, an intricate but fascinating read for anyone keen on historical fiction.
Set against Britain’s disastrous invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1830s, Pottinger starts out as a spy and becomes a hero after fighting Russian invaders.
But he’s held hostage with his lover as the British Army suffers humiliating defeats, and he ends up accused of cowardice and court-martialled.