Sharpe's Enemy

Sharpe's Enemy

Richard Sharpe and the Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

eBook - 2014
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Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy. Newly promoted, he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy. Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. For to surrender or to fail would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies' 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: [Sydney] : 2014. HarperCollins,
ISBN: 9780007346790
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital

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Oct 05, 2010

Another treat of historical fiction --- this time lots of fiction and relatively little historical accuracy.
The action takes place in the border country between Spain and Portugal. Sharpe has been ordered to lead a new Rocket Cavalry into maneouvers when he accidentally encounters a much larger force of French troops. Against all odds, under the brave leadership of Sharpe, the outnembered Englich are able to hold out against the much larger French forces until he is finally relieved by the British-Spanish force.
As always: blood; guts; gore and bravery --- the expected and normal hallmarks of Cornwell's Sharpe novels.

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