The newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent colonel, leads his men in the battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous enemy. As Sharpe leads his men in to battle, he knows he must fight for the honour of the regiment and his future career.
Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.
©1981 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R.R. Martin)
The best Sharpe novel of the original series. Sparkling dialogue and entertaining run ins with those who look down on him. A really engaging story brilliantly narrated as usual.
Absolutely brilliant. Rupert Farley is Richard sharpe, is Patrick harper, is major hogan, sir Arthur Wellesley, is every character he voices. Outstanding. As is Bernard cornwell's characters.
Another fantastic book. The only reason it does not receive 5 stars is that the storyline is so similar. On one hand, this is what makes us love the books so much, but on the other some repetitive elements can be very mildly frustrating (I now almost ignore the 'love story' part of the books).
Certainly not frustrating enough for me to regret reading/listening, but enough to take away the 5th star.
Narrator as always does a fantastic job. Thank you Mr Farley!
Rupert Farley brings the excellent writing of Bernard Cornwell's to life.
This book the 8th in chronological order is set against the back drop of the Talevera campaign. Our hero Sharpe has to deal with an insufferable Colonel, love and a fight for his very existence.
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