Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of riflemen join the assault of a strong French force holding the Holy City of Santiago de Compostela.
Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of the Spanish, but this assistance comes at a price: to join the assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, held by a strong French force. There is little Sharpe would enjoy more.
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.
©1988 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)
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"Sharpe's first outing"
A damn good romp!
Sharpe is a cantankerous, bloody minded, violent, moody bastard. Who is quick to judge and likes a drink just a little bit too much and he's eye is soon turned by a pretty face.
But he's got a sense of honour and a moral compass that points in the right direction, although it sometimes gets him to the correct destination by the wrong path.
Ultimately the people he meets grow to love him because he is passionate and will fight at great risk to himself for what's right. He is lucky in a fight and unlucky in love, great riches seem to fall through his fingers and yet his forceful persona is his real wealth.
I've been hooked on the Sharpe books for a long time and I'm going back through them as audio books, I hope like me you will grow book by book to see Sharpe as loyal and trusted friend.
"Sharpe makes the rifles his own"
Sharpe meets Harper and helps forfil a Spanish legend. Slow in places but the pace grows and grows. Sharp has to win the trust and respect of the rifles before they truly become his rifles.
"Absolutely love it!!!"
This was the first sharpe book I ever read. Since then I have read all of the series and am now building up my audio book library
"Cornwell at his best"
I will have to say that this has been a great story, well read. That's all.
"Gripping, Rupert brings the characters to life."
Most people know The Sharpe series of books from the TV series. Rupert Farley adds depth to all the characters of Bernard Cornwell who is a master of the period. I have been listening to the books in order and have remained enthralled throughout. If the Napoleonic Wars interest you then you should listen to this book.
"Superb as usual."
Yes, very good. Bit disappointed that Hagman has a broad Scouse accent when he's supposed to be from rural Cheshire.
Really well read by Rupert Farley. Enjoyed this audio version much more than reading the book myself. The dialogue between the characters really brings it to life.
There are some things in life you can rely on. Sharpe, Cornwell and Rupert Farley are three of them. Simply put another fine instalment to one of my favourite series. As we're on book six with this one, if you like the previous five and want more there's no reason to hesitate.
"Break in plot from previous books."
Good but story does not follow on from sharpes trafalgar. In the story he is poor but at the end of sharpes trafalgar he is rich with all the tipou's jewels. There is also no mention of his child by lady grace. It's a shame that the author could not string the plot of each story together.
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