Some years ago I read a great book, and if I remember correctly, it was one of a series. The main character was a young officer in the 19C. In this particular book, he had been captured by a tribal leader in North Africa, and was made to run alongside the leaders (horse of camel) in bare feet - which did wonders for his stamina. The tribe liked hunting elephants and hamstringing them, and once our hero had gained the tribal leaders confidence, he was given a sword so that he too could do this. That is what I remember for sure! Our hero may also (but here I might be confusing this book with another - although I don't think so) have been sent to relieve Gen. Gordon in Khartoum. Can anyone recall what series this is? And the author? In these days of eBooks I would like to download and read the whole series. Many thanks!