Genre: military fiction

Book Review: Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Havoc: Portugal 1809

Book Review: Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Havoc: Portugal 1809

Seventh in the Richard Sharpe military fiction series revolving around a lieutenant promoted up from the ranks. The action encompasses a retreat from Soult out of Oporto just before Wellesly arrives. My Take It’s an interesting contrast between the “superior” upperclass blue blood values and those of scum from the gutter. Cornwell is a bit heavy-handed in it, but he certainly gets the point across beautifully. I can’t read his Sharpe series without wanting to find my own pistol! Cornwell keeps the tension on as we skulk, scurry, and fight. I can almost smell the gunpowder, and I could swear my ears were ringing from the fury of battle. Cornwell describes the life so well that my feet ache, my body freezes, and I wallow in the comfort of a hot cup of tea. If you’ve ever been frustrated by an idiot boss or commander, you will adore Lieutenant Sharpe! The Story Trapped in Oporto by duty — and Captain Hogan’s command to rescue the runaway Miss Savage — Lieutenant Sharpe again finds himself cut off from the rest of the army as the French pour into Oporto. By lucky chance, or the grace of the gods, he finds rescue […]

Posted November 15, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments