Sharpe's Revenge

Sharpe's Revenge

Richard Sharpe and the Peace of 1814

Book - 2012
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Sharpe lost all sense of time. The fear was gone, as it always seemed to vanish once danger was present. Nairne's men, thinned out and bloodied, pushed forward into gun fire. Smoke thickened. Knots of men lay in blood where canister had struck. The wounded called for help, or vomited, or cried, or just lay softly to let death come. ̀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. The battle is not the end of Sharpe's challenges he is stabbed in the back by a whispering campaign branding him a thief and a liar. Sharpe must discover who has framed him, and conduct a revenge as ingenious as it is devastating.
Publisher: London : 2012. Harper,
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ISBN: 9780007452897
Branch Call Number: AF CORN


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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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