Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at the impregnable Gawilghur's ravine.
To regain his confidence and his authority, Sharpe will fight as he has never fought before.
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.
©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing 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)
A man with a child in his ears
I'm honestly not sure how Cornwell does it. I am just glad that he does. This series is, even at this early stage, is showing me exactly why it has won so many plaudits over the years. The action starts from the very first page and continues apace throughout the book. All the conerstones of the previous books are here including the excellent historical knowledge and the engaging characters including of course Obadiah Hakeswill who for his sheer black-souled awfulness has fast become one of my favourite fictional characters.
All of this set against a rich backdrop of the vastness of India and brought to life peerlessly by Rupert Farley though one of the Indian characters did seem to change voicing slightly part way through. A minor comment on an excellent performance as he brought not just the Indian characters to life but also the upper class officers, the belligerent Sharpe and of course the venomous serpent that is Hakeswill.
If you like historical military fiction . . . I have found few better books than this.
such vivid description of the horror of war. lovely twists and turns keeps you wantiing more.
Rupert Farley brings the book to life and it is so pleasing he has continued with the Richard Sharpe series. I shall continue to the end.
Very well read
Rupert Farley really makes this a good book to listen to. He gives life to all the main characters in what is a good story. Most enjoyable as were the previous two books in the series. I look forward to following the further adventures of Sharpe. I would recommend this series to anyone that likes fictional military history.
I enjoyed the whole book
This was the best Sharpe story yet in my opinion. I really am enjoying the series notwithstanding that I am not a Great War buff nor have any special interest in that time period in India. The story is great and the historical references have made me curious and interested in the time and setting. Can't wait to start the next one.
"Anti gun, but still love Cornwell"
Don't understand how I can love this author so much because his books are so violent. Perhaps that violence is in all of us, but just under the surface, hidden away, but by God I love Bernard Cornwell. I love everything he has ever written and am on my second and third listens and/ or reads of each book. His heroes are real heroes. His historical research is marvelous, and he is a wonderful writer. I have learned so much about guns, long bows, artillery and long boats. For the lover of historical fiction, it doesn't get much better than this.
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