Richard Sharpe, travelling home aboard the 'Revenant', meets Admiral Nelson and his fleet, on what was a calm October day off Cape Trafalgar.
Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.
©2009 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited
"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched."(Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R.R. Martin)
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"One of the Better new Sharpe Stories"
Always a difficult question however the narattor was very good for this book and conveys the different characters well. His Richard Sharpe may not sound as everyone has imaged but it can be easy to get a preconceived idea of how the character should sound, especially if you were a fan of the TV show.
The book draws obvious comparison to the Hornblotton series of novels although the basic structure of the novel is similar to that of the other sharpe books.
The Nelson Character, although only a small character in book, was not how I imaged and was more complex and perhaps 'real' than some of the others. Perhaps this is down to some of my own preconceptions of someone who has entered almost mythical status in the UK but it is a testiment to both the writing and the narration of how the character comes across.
The climax of the book is excellent and without giving away any spoilers you can probably guess what this is. The event is described in such detail that it's scale is really well conveyed.
I quickly downloaded the next book in the series after reading this one.
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