Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde.
The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley, with a diminished British army, plunges his men into the white heat of battle. A battle that will make his reputation, and perhaps Sharpe's too.
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.
©1998 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)
Another genuinely impressive novel from Cornwell. Once again he inserts his characters seamlessly into history giving true credit to the real heroes of the day. In this case Sir Arthur Wellsley who despite his achievements is perhaps one of the less celebrated of our talented historical leaders.
The story continues from the first book and surprisingly Sharpe has passed four quiet years until the campaign leading to the Battle of Assaye reels him in. That's not his only worry though, the wonderfully awful Sergeant Hakeswill still harbours an incredible grudge and if there is one thing Hakeswill can do it is to plot revenge!
The whole thing is expertly narrated by Rupert Farley and his take on the "good" Sergeant is a joy "It's written in the scriptures so it is". The Battle itself is described in great length, the heroism of the Scots, Sharpe's own non-trivial role and of course much historical detail is included to bring it to life.
Another stunning read. I must deliberately ration myself. I want this series to last a little while at least!
"Excellent story grippingly told"
This is Bernard Cornwell at his most addictive
I enjoyed every minute of it
Cornwell is always brilliant and Rupert Farley's delivery of these books is a joy to behold
"Rupert Farley is superb at his reading"
Rupert Farley is the very best of narrators and it is so pleasing he has continued with the Richard Sharpe series. I have ordered well ahead and look forward to much more of Mr Sharpe.
"Another good Sharpe book"
I always enjoy the Sharpe story's. I have gone back to the start to find out how the whole story started. The second book does not disappoint in both story and character's. I cannot wait for the third book to see how Sharpe's story advances.
Excellent narrator, really gave life to the characters. A joy to listen, superb series of books.
brilliantly well read. I would love to have had the historical notes read also but otherwise brilliant
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