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At the Point of the Bayonet: A Tale of the Mahratta War

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At the Point of the Bayonet is an action-packed historical novel set during the Mahratta War in India. The author, George Alfred Henty, does a fantastic job of bringing the reader into the heart of the battle with vivid descriptions and detailed accounts of the military tactics used during the conflict.

The main character, a young British officer named Dick Wilson, is a brave and resourceful hero who is determined to prove himself on the battlefield. Throughout the story, Dick faces numerous challenges and obstacles, but his unwavering courage and perseverance shine through.

Henty's writing style is engaging and fast-paced, making it easy for readers to become fully immersed in the story. The dialogue between characters is sharp and realistic, adding depth and authenticity to the overall narrative.

Overall, At the Point of the Bayonet is a thrilling and captivating read that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and military novels. Henty's attention to detail and strong character development make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the Mahratta War or British colonial history.

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The story of the war in which the power of the great Mahratta confederacy was broken ended in the firm establishment of the British Empire the Indian Peninsula. When the struggle began, the Mahrattas were masters of no small portion of India; their territory comprising the whole country between Bombay and Delhi, and stretching down from Rajputana to Allahabad; while in the south they were lords of the district of Cuttack, thereby separating Madras from Calcutta. The jealousies of the great Mahratta leaders, Holkar and Scindia, who were constantly at war with each other, or with the Peishwa at Poona, divided and weakened the nation and allowed the British to conquer, although at the cost of much blood, to free a large portion of India from a race that was a scourge--faithless, intriguing and crafty; cruel, and reckless of life. Henty paints the Mahrattas as cowardly tyrants and deserving of their ultimate downfall.

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