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Sharpe's company: (Richard Sharpe and the siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 )

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ISBN13: 9780006165736
ISBN10: 0006165737
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It was a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it was the worst he could remember. He had lost his command to a wealthy man - a man with money to buy the promotion Sharpe coveted. And from England comes his oldest enemy - the ruthless, indestructible Hakeswill - utterly determined to ruin Sharpe.

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Edward Hahn, July 25, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This book, Number 11 chronologically in the "Sharpe" series, is one of Cornwell's better efforts. It focuses on the siege and capture of the fortress of Badajoz. An effort that resulted in 4800 British dead and 3500 wounded. The story stays as close to the historical facts as is possible in a fictional work.

Sharpe comes across more humanly in this story than in any of the previous ones. He suffers disappointment when his gazetted promotion to Captain is denied and he is demoted to Lieutenant.

He also discovers he is a father when his Spanish resistance fighter sweetheart, Theresa, shows up to tell him that he has a daughter and warn him that she is now living in Badajoz with relatives because the youngster is ill.

This book also re-introduces Sergeant Obadiah Haskewill, a reprehensible villain as evil as any I've encountered. Haskewill does his dirty work and manages to get Sharpe's brother in arms, Sergeant Harper, accused and convicted of thievery resulting in a flogging and demotion to private for the unfortunate Harper.

Haskewill also develops the hots for Theresa and in the final chapters attempts to rape her and kill Sharpe's daughter but is thwarted at the last minute. He does manage to survive the encounter, though, and I expect to see him again in subsequent books. I actually thought he had died in India but he somehow survived - survival being something Haskewill is very good at.

The battle scenes are well written in great detail as is usually true in the series. Cornwell does a particularly good job here. Badajoz was by far the bloodiest battle during the entire Peninsular War. Wellington is reported to have wept when he surveyed the battlefield after the fight was over.

I continue to enjoy each book in this series. Next up is "Sharpe's Sword".
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ISBN:
9780006165736
Subtitle:
(Richard Sharpe and the siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812 )
Publisher:
Futura
Location:
London
Copyright:
Series Volume:
#2
Publication Date:
1983
Pages:
280 p.

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Product details 280 p. pages Futura - English 9780006165736 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , It was a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it was the worst he could remember. He had lost his command to a wealthy man - a man with money to buy the promotion Sharpe coveted. And from England comes his oldest enemy - the ruthless, indestructible Hakeswill - utterly determined to ruin Sharpe.
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