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Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 2)

Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
5 out of 5 stars (530 ratings)
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Summary

Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde.

The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley, with a diminished British army, plunges his men into the white heat of battle. A battle that will make his reputation, and perhaps Sharpe's too.

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.

©1998 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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History Re-Visited

Another genuinely impressive novel from Cornwell. Once again he inserts his characters seamlessly into history giving true credit to the real heroes of the day. In this case Sir Arthur Wellsley who of course went on to bigger and better things!

The story continues from the first book and surprisingly Sharpe has passed four quiet years until the campaign leading to the Battle of Assaye reels him in. That's not his only worry though, the wonderfully awful Sergeant Hakeswill still harbours an incredible grudge and if there is one thing Hakeswill can do it is to plot revenge!

The whole thing is expertly narrated by Rupert Farley and his take on the "good" Sergeant is a joy "It's written in the scriptures so it is". The Battle itself is described in great length, the heroism of the Scots, Sharpe's own non-trivial role and of course much historical detail is included to bring it to life.

Another stunning read. I must deliberately ration myself. I want this series to last a little while at least!

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Sharpe books are a beautiful hidden gem

Absolutely enthralled by the clever plot and amazing action that is a Sharpe novel mr Cornwell has again knocked the hall out of the park in a perfect set up to sharpes promotion anyone who has seen the films needs to give the books a go so much more to the series than I thought and the narrator is so easy to listen to

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First rate

Gripping story, excellently performed. Looking forward to the next book.

A delight to listen to.

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interesting adventures. read well. written better

loved learning more about the hero Sean Bean portrayed as I was growing up. I'm sure as I continue with Mrs sharps adventures massive holes in the TV show will appear but if the journey continues as it's begun in the last two books it will be well worth it.

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Excellent voices of characters

Excellent voices of characters.

Exciting from start to finish, i would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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if only he'd have stayed squished.

Amazing story! It wasn't a struggle to finish at all in fact it kept me up well into the night the best moment has to come at the end as you'd expect but sharps🕳️ brilliant! The Death of an important figure still rocks me as I'm writing this review and when I'm done I will be beginning the next book.

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triumph

great story narrator I thought a lot better than the 1st.
can't wait for the 3rd now.

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somewhat biased as Darren was a chosen man!

great books great storylines Bernard Cornwell is one of the best authors ever to have written a book on historical fact and fiction Cross.

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Great series

The whole of the Sharpe series is great, and Rupert Farley has to be my favourite narrator by far.

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Another triumph for Cornwell

The battle of assaye brilliantly brought to life, triumph for Scottish infantry and sepoy allies

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  • Richard
  • 20-11-17

Fantastic!

Another stellar tale of Richard Sharpe.

I love the way the author is able to weave these tales through historical events

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  • James E. Johnson
  • 02-04-16

Enjoyed the beginning and ending

Struggles thru the ending battle. enjoyed the outcome however and will read on!