Sharpe's Gold

Sharpe's Gold

Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810

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Captain Sharpe's task is to recover from a feared guerilla leader the gold Wellington so desperately needs.

The enemy he faces strikes terror into the hearts of all around -a renegade guerilla band whose leader has a particular loathing for Sharpe who has stolen his woman.

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 : 2012. Harper,
1981. ,
ISBN: 9780007452927
Branch Call Number: AF CORN


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Apr 01, 2011

Richard Sharpe is a Ranger in the British army. He’s damned good with a rifle. He’s good with his cavalry cutlass. He’s practiced in the use of muskets and bayonets. Even his bare hands will do if he finds himself in a tight corner. Not one to shirk a battle; not one to cut and run just because the odds are overwhelmingly against him or his men.
The year is 1810. Britain finds itself in the midst of the Napoleonic wars. The British are facing much larger forces. The British and their Portuguese and Spanish allies are threatened by Napoleons machine of conquest. The British, perennially underfunded must build their final redoubt in the extreme south-west corner of the Iberian peninsula. To be able to do this, they need money --- or failing that gold --- Spanish gold. And that’s our tale.
Sharpe must deal with betrayal, vicious Spanish guerillas. The horrendous surprise ending is best kept a secret.
If you crave action you should read this book.
Sharpe fans can attest that all of Cornwell’s novels are fast moving and well crafted. It is time well spent.

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