• Filled with swashbuckling derring-do, the reek of blood and gunpowder, combined with shrewd analysis of power, war and psychology

    Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Those wishing to immerse themselves in this golden age of British military success will relish David's fine piece of history

    Sunday Times
  • At a time when the Army is facing cutbacks while being expected to fight distant, unpopular wars on a shoestring, David's book could not be more topical

    Nigel Jones, Sunday Telegraph
  • a big meaty, satisfying and thought-provoking book, a real achievement

    Patrick Bishop
  • Splendid. Saints, lunatics, and warlords ... they are all here in David's pageant

    Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph, on VICTORIA's WARS
  • Incisive and acute . . . [David] always finds a telling phrase, an eye-catching detail or a human story

    Sunday Times, on VICTORIA'S WARS