Captain John Caspasian - the twentieth-century Richard Sharpe - finds himself waging a small war against overwhelming odds in Anthony Conway's thrilling third novel.
Caspasian has been reunited with the Gurkhas but he is far from a happy soldier. Stifled by his new posting - quartermaster of the Brigade's regiment in Cairo - his only escape is riding in the desert and his only friend the formidable Havildar Ganga, as frustrated with peacetime soldiering as Caspasian himself.
So even a job escorting a spoilt group of archaeologists into the wastes of upper Egypt looks inviting, particularly when Caspasian discovers that a rival French expedition will be travelling with them. The French party contains not only an old comrade from the trenches, Captain Paul Beranger of the Foreign Legion, but also the exquisite Michele Simonin.
But the innocent-seeming search for a pharaoh's tomb turns out to be a lethal trap. An explosive mixture of Egyptian nationalism and tribal ferocity awaits Caspasian - and the pitiless desert may well be the most powerful enemy of all.
PRAISE FOR ANTHONY CONWAY
Set on the Northwest frontier of India, this is pure escapist fiction. - Independent on Sunday
Captain John Caspasian is the new hero in the mould of Sharpe - Lancashire Evening Post
Intrigue and treachery . . . a compelling read. - Coventry Evening Telegraph
Anthony Conway has vividly recreated the vanished world of the Empire - Oxford Mail
Caspasian has just the right mix of derring-do and complex personality to make him a thoroughly agreeable companion - Sunday Mercury
As thrilling as Sharpe...The Viceroy's captain is a gripping story of war, intrigue and treachery - Bolton Evening News
Rattles along at a cracking pace - The Huddersfield Examiner (The Colonel's Renegade)