Sharpe's Revenge

Sharpe's Revenge

Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814

Book - 2012
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Richard Sharpe triumphs in the last battle of the war, only to find himself in worse peril when charged to recover Napoleon's treasure.

It is 1814. There are rumours that Napoleon is dead, or has run away, but Sharpe has one last battle to fight before he can lay down his sword. It is the battle for Toulouse. Little does he know it will be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war.

But Sharpe's war is not only the battle. Accused of stealing Napoleon's treasure, Sharpe must discover the unknown enemy who has tried to frame him - and his revenge is ingenious and devastating.

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.

Publisher: London : Harper, 2012
ISBN: 9780007452897
Characteristics: 1 volume ; 20 cm


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Jul 30, 2010

The Napoleonic Wars are grinding to a perhaps inevitable end. As usual, in the Battle of Toulouse on Easter, literally thousands of soldiers are thrown against each other in a deadly mix of Goddams and Crapauds; fixed-sword bayonets; rifle bullets and musket fire; artillery and cavalry; Highlanders and French infantry; Skirmishers and Redcoats; and war and peace.
The Battle of Toulouse is won by the British two weeks after the war is already over.
In the aftermath, Napoleon's treasure is lost and Sharpe is implicated in its disappearance.
The rest of the novel is the story of Sharpe's adventures in the pursuit of his good reputation; the imperial treasure; and those who would have impugned his good name while absconding with the treasure.
The novel has the usual (for a Sharpe/Cornwell novel) dose of violence; shootings; disembowlings; beheadings --- veteran Cornwell readers need to fear no diasappointment. The only fear lies in the fact that this work is the second last in the Sharpe's series. If you've read these books in the order in which they were written you're almost at the end of a good reading adventure.
One can only hope that Cornwell will be sufficiently driven by the muses or by the need to make a mortgage payment that he will not allow the pen or the lap-top to rest. Perhaps we can all take encoragement in a comment Cornwell makes in his author's notes in this novel.
As for us: read on.


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