This early work by Hesketh-Prichard was originally published in 1899 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'A Modern Mercenary' is a fictional tale of military adventure. Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard was born on 17th November 1876 in Jhansi, India. Hesketh-Prichard's first published work was 'Tammer's Duel' in 1896, which he sold to Pall Mall Magazine for a guinea. He often wrote with his mother under the pseudonyms "H. Heron" and "E. Heron", and together they created a popular psychic detective series around a character named "Flaxman Low".