Corruption threatens the end to the South Essex regiment and Major Richard Sharpe when he discovers an illegal recruiting ring selling soldiers to other divisions.
Genre: military fiction
An unfinished duel, a midnight murder, and the treachery of a prostitute lead to the imprisonment of Sharpe. Escaping, he becomes a fugitive, hunted by ally and enemy.
Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt against the evil Obadiah Hakeswill holding British and French women hostage.
Wellington sends Sharpe undercover to Cadiz to rescue the British Ambassador, a route through the besieging enemy army against a British army deserted by its allies.
The greatest threat to Wellington’s Salamanca campaign is not Napoleon’s Army but France’s deadliest assassin. He has a second chance to kill Captain Richard Sharpe.
Captain Richard Sharpe must decide whether to destroy the entire Real Compañía Irlandesa or only those who betrayed Wellington’s army in this fight to the death.
Captain Richard Sharpe must turn against his own men to find the hidden cache of Portuguese gold. It’s the only hope the bankrupt and outnumbered army has.
Only Capt Richard Sharpe and a land wasted and stripped of food stands between Napoleon’s mighty army and the conquest of Portugal. Can they prevail against treachery?
Cowardly incompetence besmirches the South Essex and Captain Richard Sharpe must redeem it by capturing a golden French Imperial Eagle, the standard touched by Napoleon himself.
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 […]