1799. As the British Army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, the young and illiterate private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines....
When William Faulconer rescues Nate Starbuck, his son’s friend, from the clutches of a Yankee-hating mob in Virginia, he finds a grateful and willing recruit for Faulconer’s Legion....
The year is 1820 and England has fought its last victorious battle against the French. Rider Sandman, a hero of Waterloo, has finally returned to London to wed his young bride....
Bernard Cornwell tackles his richest, most thrilling subject: the heroic tale of Agincourt....
While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry sails to the fog-bound coast of New England....
When he's caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest....
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.
"With a plot up to its neck in blood and guts, this is adventure naked and unashamed." (Mail on Sunday)
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.
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Okay Sharpe is sent off on a ruse to take a French coastal fort, cause a little trouble in land and help the locals rebel against Napoleon. He isn't having any of it but orders are orders. When it comes to the crunch though, he is up the creek with out a paddle. The British Navy deserts him except for a few good marines, the French try to crush him, Major Dueco has him in his clasps and Sharpe's new wife has a cold. Lucky for him he has made a new friend. A US Privateer. What is the poor boy to do. Listen and you will not be disappointed.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
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.
What was most disappointing about Bernard Cornwell’s 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.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
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.
Any additional comments?
I will finish every book in the series and overall would recommend it to all audible fans.
Where does Sharpe's Siege rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I enjoyed it like the others and they just keep getting better
What did you like best about this story?
The end where almost everything came together
Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Mr Davidson is a true master and I enjoy all of his readings
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Sharpe on the Defense
Any additional comments?
Ok I am coming to the end of the series can't Mr Cornwell write more I love these