Sharpe returns to England and discovers an illegal recruiting ring that sells soldiers like cattle to other divisions. The ringleaders know Sharpe is on their trail, and they try to kill him at every turn. But Sharpe is fighting for his command, and as he moves from the dark slums of London to the highest courts of political power, Sharpe will risk charges of treason and death for a final chance at revenge.
Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
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"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This story takes place between June and November 1913 (almost 200 years ago) in both Spain and London. The South Essex Regiment is not getting new men and Sharpe sets off to London to find out why. He finds corrupt politicians, an illegal recruiting ring that sell soldiers to other divisions and steals they wages and a shadow South Essex Regiment. Sharpe sets off to correct this wrong that provides the story with lots of suspense, intrigue and of course at the end of the book in Spain a famous Cornwell battle scene. Cornwell is in my opinion one of the best writers of historical fiction today. Frederick Davidson does a good job reading the book. I hope Audible keeps us stocked with lots of Cornwell books.
I have listened to all the available Sharpe's series. It is far and away the best spoken series and this one is no exception. I always found myself wondering what would happen next. I found it hard to get out of the car at times so be careful about listening on your way to work. If you enjoy historical fiction you will love this series. I only hope that the rest of the series will become available on Audible.
Great fun, lots of adventure, some history. I liked all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books so much that I was deeply depressed when I finished the last one available at audible.
This is one of my favorite series' to read and listen too. This installment is one of my favorites of the series. While there isn't a lot of actual battle, Sharpe manages to have an exciting time anyway. There's intrigue, wit, excitement, and of course a lady. Everything you hope for in a Cornwell book. Plus, Frederick Davidson narrates each character masterfully.
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