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Sharpe's Battle

The Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811

By Bernard Cornwell

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United States, 01 March 2013
The "Washington Post" has hailed "Sharpe's Battle" as a book that "combines those strengths that have come to characterize Bernard Cornwell's fiction--immaculate historical reconstruction and the ability to tell a ripping yarn."

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From a previous book in Cornwell's acclaimed Sharpe series, Sharpe's Devil, we know that Richard Sharpe, up-from-the-ranks captain in the Duke of Wellington's army, lived at least until 1821. So this tale, which finds the English soldier pitted against the vicious General Guy Loup in 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars, lacks some suspense. Still, there's the tantalizing question of how Sharpe gets out of some very dangerous scrapes, both on and off the battlefield. Once again, the captain faces lethal enemies (Loup; a French spymaster), dangerous ``allies'' (an arrogant Spanish general; a nasty Irish peer) and tricky political situations (opposition among the Allies-Britain, Ireland, Portugal-to making Wellington supreme Allied leader). Some loyal friends show up as well, notably Sergeant Patrick Harper, with his seven-shot gun, giant frame and even larger spirit. In this 13th volume in the series, Cornwell's superb storytelling and skill at historical re-creation are in top form as he masterfully presents the carnage, clamor, stink and ``sublime joy'' of battle. (May)

"Combines those strengths that have come to characterize Bernard Cornwell's fiction'immaculate historical reconstruction and the ability to tell a ripping yarn."-- "Washington Post""Cornwell writes more gripping battle scenes than any other contemporary author."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

EAN: 9780060932282
ISBN: 0060932287
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Dimensions: 20.35 x 13.56 x 2.24 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro, May 1811

Chronologically, the 11th Sharpe adventure, published in 1995.

Brigadier Loup is a worthy foe, and the early confrontation with Sharpe is a beaut... Ducos works in the background to sow discord among the Irish troops, there's your standard femme fatale (but no love interest for Sharpe), all leading up to the Battle of Fuentes de Onoro.

This book is dedicated to Sean Bean, who by this stage had 'become' Sharpe in a series of made-for-TV films (that aren't bad, except for their low budget look) - a good read...

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