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Sharpe's Command: The latest thrilling adventure from the best-selling master of historical fiction, the perfect gift for Christmas 2023

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They’re tons of fun and you don’t have to switch your brain on too much while reading/watching them. His honours include a Silver Award from the Society for News Design, an Award of Merit from the Society of Publication Designers, Gold and Merit awards from the Art Directors Club, and an Achievement Award from the Society for Technical Communication. Seamus Heaney’s deeply felt interpretation, widely acknowledged as the greatest Beowulf translation of modern times, is presented in parallel with the Old English verse in this fabulous Folio edition. Crowbarring him in actually makes the main plot less clear – I have no idea what really developed from it. This first ever illustrated edition of Sharpe’s Triumph, produced in series with Sharpe’s Tiger, features a map of India at the time and a battle plan of the fateful conflict, as well as action-packed illustrations by series artist Douglas Smith.

We meet again major Hogan who this time opines ‘A wise man once said that the best way to win a war is to do it without fighting’ (p210). It's one of the breezier Sharpe books at 300 pages, and I enjoyed the laser focus on a single clear mission with a fun fictional French-sympathizing Spanish villain getting in Sharpe's way as he's trying to fulfill his reconnoissance task ahead of the attack.The first great English detective novel, Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone is presented in a Folio Society limited edition of 750 numbered copies.

Cornwell is best known for his ongoing ’Sharpe’ series, which traces the career of Richard Sharpe in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars – a series directly inspired by C. The binding design, resplendent in black and gold foils, features one of the enemies’ spectacular war elephants, while the historical note by Cornwell discusses how Sharpe’s Triumph contains a ‘crucial moment’ in Richard Sharpe’s lively career. If you haven't read the Sharpe series, you've got to go back and read the preceding 22 to get caught up.The bloodthirsty biographies of the world’s most infamous pirates are reproduced in this Folio edition of Captain Charles Johnson’s renowned work, including original woodcut illustrations and a fascinating introduction by Margarette Lincoln. At 300 pages, it was comparatively short- not a fault in its own right, but it was also repetitive and very little happened. After several years of Cornwell devoting all his time to all things Uthred, we finally get back to Rifleman Richard Sharpe. A bridge at Almaraz is a key link between two French armies and destroying it will be a key factor to enable British success. And we all knew he was a villain from the first page he's mentioned how that backstory was going to end.

Sharpe has to deal with an informant to the French, who would probably squeal on his mother for gold bits. Haven't caught up with most of the original series so going to go back and revisit both the books and the show I think - this was such an enjoyable listen on borrowbox! As other reviewers have mentioned Sharpe is either addressed as Major or captain sometimes by the same person during the same conversation.No great bad guys or major twists but it is always nice to have more Sharpe, even if the author is slightly off his game with this one. The French troops his squad encounters are universally described as being fairly useless, stupid (or ignorant) conscripts with a couple of officers taking mild "correct" action. There are plenty of other less important things that contradict the other books and the characters don't particularly seem like themselves either. Richard Sharpe and his gang are back in Spain during the Penninsular War, killing Frenchmen and their allies.

As others have mentioned Sharpe was only a captain at this period of his story line, so how come he's suddenly a major? If you haven’t, you’ll still enjoy an engaging and fascinating adventure sprinkled with knowledge about rifles, muskets and big guns! Sharpe a likeable rogue as ever and it's great to see the switch to a more typical war story after the espionage of Sharpe's Assassin.Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his American wife. Turncoat and murderer William Dodd, looking to prove himself to his new Indian masters, massacres every last British soldier at Chasalgaon – all save for one. As for the main antagonist “El Héroe”, he solely exists to develop another character’s renown by way of a final showdown.

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