Richard Sharpe, the former private in His Majesty’s army who now commands a company of riflemen, finds himself fighting his old enemies, the French, in 1811.
Sharpe has been sent by Wellington on a mission to Cádiz, now the capital of Spain, to rescue the British ambassador - who happens to be Wellington’s brother - from a spot of undiplomatic trouble. The city has been blockaded by the French but is supported by the British from the sea. It contains a rare mix of pro- and anti-British citizens, diplomats, courtiers, adventurers, and spies. Sharpe’s mission - complicated, undercover, and political - turns out to be completely different from the one on which he was sent. It brings him through the besieging enemy army to triumph in the Battle of Barrosa, where the British, deserted by their allies, defeat an overwhelmingly stronger French force.
©2006 Bernard Cornwell (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This book has about three stories in the book and each one wraps up too nicely to make them a classic Sharpe story. Steven Crossley does an excellent job with the characters but he does bring his own style and so are different to previous books narrated.
The battle is superbly described and this is the only saving grace about the book. Bernard Cornwell is becoming sloppy in his writings I believe and pieced this story together to enable Sharpe to be just the right place when something major happens. Of course most bullets just miss him by a foot, well all except one, but that doesn't stop Sharpe, making this a little more than happenstance. If you need to miss a Sharpe book this is the one. I expected good things and got a piecemeal hatch job. Not happy with this Sharpe book.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Only have time for audio, it is great book very good read
Mr Crossley did them all very well,a great reader brings each character to life
Another great adventure and very informative action supense and mystery
The battle scenes at the end were powerfully written. One can feel the amazing feat of arms and the accomplishment of the British
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