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Sharpe's Company: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 (#13) Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2004
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* Do you like adventure? * Do you like romance? * Do you like action? * Do you like history?
If you answered yes to the above then you will enjoy Sharpe's Company. I started reading these books and I find myself having a hard time putting them down.
Sharpe's Company by Bernard Cornwell is an exciting rip-roaring adventure addition to the Sharpe series. You can see Bernard Cornwell's extensive research come to life page after page. The setting is 1812 and the British forces are re-grouping in Spain to repulse the dreaded French juggernaut led by Napoleon. Sharpe's challenge is to defeat the French forces at Badajoz, retain his rank and marry the girl of his desires. All of Sharpe's soldiers are in attendance and ready for battle.
Sharpe lost his rank due to a clerical error in England and is now a mere lieutenant. He answers to a commanding officer that has never led a battle command. The captain who replaced him is a well meaning light-weight who lets his sergeant give the orders.
Additionally, the evil Sergeant Hakeswell is back in Sharpe's life again and up to his old tricks. I don't think I can imagine of a better villain than Hakeswell. He is ugly, twisted and thoroughly evil. There are no redeeming values to his character. He wants to kill Sharpe and ruin his career. Even Sharpe's friends are in danger from this psychopath.
Where Cornwell shines is the description of the battle. He paints a picture of the siege at Badajoz so realistic that you visualize the battle and all of its horrors. His details are fascinating. For example, the advantages and disadvantages of a rifle and a musket, the uses of cannon to reduce castle walls to rubble and the siege warfare techniques of 1800s.
I wholeheartedly endorse this book.
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I've read the whole Sharpe series over the years. They are gritty; realistic and you learn what it was like to be a grunt in the black powder era. Read morePublished 3 months ago by stubb64
Read them all, read them in order! Bernard Cornwell is a truly gifted writer/reporter of historical novels...with just a little fiction thrown in...Published 4 months ago by Felon
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