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Summary

Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore.

But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

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.

©2010 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

Critic reviews

"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)

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At the Sharpe Start

The ratings say it all, having read much of Cornwell's work I am a slight latecomer to what is probably his most famous series. It's been well worth waiting for! Even at this relatively early stage of his writing career Cornwell has created a genuinely worthy lead character and a story to match. Even more importantly he has created a nemesis for Sharpe in Sergeant Hakeswell who as a villain genuinely makes your skin crawl. It's a heady mix with a rich background of the Indian subcontinent and a varied cast of characters brought to life by the excellent narration from Rupert Farley.

I got a slight impression that maybe this was just a tad rough round the edges compared to the polish of the author's more recent work but so many of his trademarks such as the strong characters, rich historical detail and fine story-telling are there that it never became a distraction.

In short, an excellent start that will probably have you hungry for more.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Thank goodness for the unabridged version

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I read all the Richard Sharpe novels years ago and loved them. I have avoided all the abridged novels but now delighted to find Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe is now here on Audible in unabridged form. I look forward to the next one.

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Gripping from start to end

Would you listen to Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1) again? Why?

I would listen to it again because the story is gripping and fast paced.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)?

So many are memorable moments, but Sharpe going undercover into Saringapatam has to be the highlight.

Which character – as performed by Rupert Farley – was your favourite?

I loved his Sharpe character best. He's got his voice down to perfection.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Although Sergeant Hakeswell is a nasty piece of, I can't help but like his character. Ok I want to see him dead, but he makes me smile everytime he say's, "Say's so in the scriptures."
A horrible man, but you love to hate him.

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A great story with great characters.

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Sharpes Tiger

Haven’t read this book for years and now I’ve started commuting over 3 hours a day I’m thoroughly enjoying listening to the story

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Engaging.

Great narration, very engaging. I look forward to my next Sharpe adventure, a nice distraction from my woes.

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A good adventure

A sound adventure with which to build characters for further development. Have watched the TV series of course and this is my first go at the books.

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  • c
  • Altrincham, United Kingdom
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Enjoyable soldiering story in period of East India Company

Very well performed, although a lot of details about battles and army life, performance pace and variety kept my interest

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Great narration

I had enjoyed reading a couple of books from this series prior to listening to this but the narrator really brought something extra to the story. I'll be moving straight on to the next in the series.

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Sharpes tiger.

at first thought he made Sharpe sound thick and stupid.not as good as McCann
but the story is good. and other caricatures were good.
will I get book 2 maybe.

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A brilliant start to an amazing series!

narration is top notch
brilliant story and amazing character development
best moment, dragging a devil to meat some man eaters .. if only they had been devil eaters instead.

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  • 07-02-18

Tipu sultan

His father haider Ali always kept the British at distance and as long as he was alive Mysore was safe
Tipu was a great ruler and was the first ruler who wanted to kick the bristhers out of India.he tried a treaty with Hyderabad but the red coats pulled Hyderabad on their side and attacked tipu.this is the way of dived and rule and that is how Britain ruled India for nearly 200 years