Outmaneuvered by Ducos' treachery and abandoned by his own navy, Sharpe has only two choices: to escape with the aid of the charming, unscrupulous American mercenary, Cornelius Killick, or die.
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©1987 Rifleman Productions; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks
"With a plot up to its neck in blood and guts, this is adventure naked and unashamed." (Mail on Sunday)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Richard Sharpe is to command a company of "Rifles" (not his own company) behind enemy lines and capture a small unguarded French fort. As the British Navy is in command of the sea it is easy for the Navy to land Sharpe, the rifle company and a company of Marines behind enemy lines to do the job. Only the Naval Captain tries to take control and undercut Sharpe then when the French attack the Navy leaves. Sharpe is outmaneuvered by Pierre Ducos the French Spy master and Sharpe finds he faces 2000 French troops commanded by a brutal General. Some small battles take place in the first part of the book and the second half of the book is one big battle. Cornwell is the master of the battle scene, he paints a picture that brings it to life for the reader. Lots of suspense and intrigue, his friend, the Scot engineer and counter spy master Hogan dies of the fever in this story. Unlike other books in the series no such battle took place in the war but similar types of raids were made by the British marines and army into France. If you are a fan of this series or enjoy an excellent historical novel this is the book for you.
Retired high school principal. Currently, I am a University Professor. Historic fiction is my preferred literature style.
I am a big fan of the series; however, I had difficulty following the plot and visualizing the places in Europe that were mentioned and how they help to tell the story.
For me this particular version was difficult for me to follow and was rather convoluted. I have listened to every one of the books and have enjoyed all until this book in the series.
It was difficult for me to visualize exactly where he was and how the descriptions of the topography spoke to the details of the battle scenes.
I will finish every book in the series and overall would recommend it to all audible fans.
I enjoyed it like the others and they just keep getting better
The end where almost everything came together
Mr Davidson is a true master and I enjoy all of his readings
Sharpe on the Defense
Ok I am coming to the end of the series can't Mr Cornwell write more I love these
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