Posing as a deserter, Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there. Success will mean winning his sergeant stripes; failure, being turned over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners or his man-eating tigers.
Picking his way through an exotic and alien world, one slip will mean disaster as Sharpe learns that he must fight his old comrades in order to save his own neck. Along the way, he keeps an eye out for Mysore's beautiful prostitutes, any stray loot he can get his hands on, and the chance to learn his ABCs. But when the furious British assault on the city begins, Sharpe must fight with the fierceness and agility of a tiger himself to foil the Tippoo's trap, and to keep from being killed by his own side.
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"Cornwell writes more gripping battle scenes than any other contemporary author." (Kirkus Reviews)
Yes! Excellent man book/series! Lots of action, desirable women, low requirement for willing suspension of disbelief, and a great way to learn history. The author does a wonderful job of weaving a fictional character into real, very exciting history. I've listened to all of the books in this series and they were all good. This should really be 4 to 4.5 stars but people just don't know to use a rating system and think that 4 is not a good rating.
COL Guidan- poor guy was stuck with the Tipoo and wanted so much to leave
wished I could have
Love this series. Wish there were more. Ran out so I have started again. Narrators are excellent. Some of the best historical fiction in my opinion
I really enjoyed the story but the production quality is terrible. The audio is kinda scratchy and the narrator voice sounds like he has a dry mouth or is clicking his dentures. Very annoying. I did enjoy the different voices. The story is excellent and I think I'll just read the rest of the books.
Like many, the character of Sharpe was not new to me, but I had always seen and read various stories in an order very different than the series progressed. This book is where it all starts, and it is a must read for those interested in the series and the character of Sharpe. As with most, if not all, of Cornwell's works, this is well researched and written.
Unfortunately, this is one of the rare cases where the narrator detracted from the story. I found his cadence disjointed, with frequent pauses in areas that interrupted the flow. Inflection and modulation was also missing, no matter how urgent the action or scene. Maybe it was just me, but I found the audio version hard to listen to.
My final recommendation: read the book. The book itself is a "must" for fans of the series, but avoid the narration.
I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.
Yes I would. There is no such thing as a bad Sharpe book.
Yes it has. I have read all of the Sharpe books. I read them before I bought the Audible narration.
Cornwell is a wonderful story teller. As the volumes increased there are many instances of Cornwell plagiarizes himself.
As with other read and listen narration, it's a bit slow.
If you've watched Sharpe's Rifles you have a face to go with the characters. It makes the story so much better.
I was afraid this would be a story written with modern attitudes, sensibilities, isms, etc and be merely labled as historical fiction as is so often the case. Aside from characters, plot, etc. what I really like about this series is that it seems sociologically realistic. One imagines 1800s Brit sociology, esp military, very much not PC by modern sensibilities. This was back when people actually still dueled from time to time. There were great, interesting characters, both male and, which is more rare regardless of genera, female. Sharpe's lady love isn't a basketcase, genius prodigy despite having no education either, nor more butch than the guys, or any of that stuff from modern settings I usually find teleported back and passed off as a historical novel. She has a good head on her shoulders, like Sharpe, and I but how things work out for them. Overall a great adventuring romp.
I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.
It creates the character of Richard Sharpe of course. Gives a little more detail on how he was able to rise from the ranks and gives a great background to the Napoleonic Conflict to describe the various British / East India Company battles in India (though, much like the American conflicts with Native Americans, there isn't much glory in the British "invasion" of India, nor does Mr. Cornwell place any.)
It compares well with any of the Sharpe novels. As it was written chronologically after many of the Napoleonic Sharpe novels, the author does a wonderful job of going back and explaining the background of many of the Sharpe characters and story lines.
Again that would have to be Richard Sharpe, for fairly obvious reasons.
As I didn't start on the Sharpe novels until last year, it raised my anticipation level for the remaining Sharpe novels (which, with one exception, I devoured in about a months time).
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