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Sharpe's Fury: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811

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For more than twenty years, Richard Sharpe, the brave and dashing officer who rose from rags on the street to a commission in his majesty's army, has been thrilling audiences on both the page and on screen. Now the incomparable Bernard Cornwell returns with a thrilling new installment-the first new Sharpe novel in more than two years.

The year is 1811. With the British army penned into a small part of Portugal, and all of Spain fallen to the invader except for the coastal city of Cádiz, the French appear to have won their war. Captain Richard Sharpe has no business being in Cádiz, but when an attack on a French-held bridge goes disastrously wrong, Sharpe — accompanied by Harper, his loyal Irish sergeant, and the obnoxious Brigadier Moon — finds himself in a city under French siege. It is also a town riven by political rivalry. Some Spaniards believe their country's future would be best served if they broke their alliance with Britain and forged a friendship with Napoléon's France; their cause is only strengthened when some letters written to a prostitute by the British ambassador fall into their possession. They resort to blackmail, and Sharpe, raised in the gutters of London and taught to fight, is released into the alleys of Cádiz to find the woman and retrieve the letters.

Yet defeating the blackmailers will not save the city. That is up to the charismatic Scotsman, Sir Thomas Graham, who takes a small British force o attack the French siege lines. The attack goes horribly wrong; Sir Thomas's outnumbered army is trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, and on a March morning, at Barrosa, Richard Sharpe finds himself embroiled in one of the most desperate infantry struggles ever fought. Sir Thomas has his own reasons for revenge, as does Sharpe, who goes into battle seeking the French colonel who precipitated the disaster that stranded Sharpe in Cádiz. In a bloody and stirring battle, Sharpe and the English get their revenge and their victory, but at a terrible cost. A triumph of both historical and battle fiction, Sharpe's Fury will sweep both old and new Sharpe fans into their hero's incredible adventures.

Review:

"Once again, Cornwell is right on target....This new installment in a masterful, long-running series set during the Napoleonic Wars, which will appeal equally to devoted fans and to crossover readers." Booklist

Review:

"Cornwell has this stuff down cold, so it's great fun." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"As in the other Sharpe novels, there is a lot of action here, played out in sturdy prose. By count, this is the 21st novel starring Sharpe, and readers will hope for a 22nd." Library Journal

Review:

"In this, the 21st title in the immensely entertaining series set during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, British Capt. Sharpe finds himself in Cádiz during a layover between missions." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"It's the villains who set Richard Sharpe into such a fury, though Cornwell hasn't forgotten his wit, obstinacy and sheer nerve in dealing with his foes. Sharpe's Fury may be driven by anger, but fans will fall on this latest volume with delight." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

The next installment in the "New York Times" bestselling Richard Sharpe series will be published to coincide with a new movie that will debut on BBC America in the fall of 2006.

Synopsis:

For more than twenty years, Richard Sharpe, the brave and dashing officer who rose from rags on the street to a commission in his majesty's army, has been thrilling audiences on both the page and on screen. Now the incomparable Bernard Cornwell ("the greatest writer of historical novels today"*) returns with a thrilling new installment—the first new Sharpe novel in more than two years.

The year is 1811. With the British army penned into a small part of Portugal, and all of Spain fallen to the invader except for the coastal city of Cádiz, the French appear to have won their war. Captain Richard Sharpe has no business being in Cádiz, but when an attack on a French-held bridge goes disastrously wrong, Sharpe—accompanied by Harper, his loyal Irish sergeant, and the obnoxious Brigadier Moon—finds himself in a city under French siege. It is also a town riven by political rivalry. Some Spaniards believe their country's future would be best served if they broke their alliance with Britain and forged a friendship with Napoléon's France; their cause is only strengthened when some letters written to a prostitute by the British ambassador fall into their possession. They resort to blackmail, and Sharpe, raised in the gutters of London and taught to fight, is released into the alleys of Cádiz to find the woman and retrieve the letters.

Yet defeating the blackmailers will not save the city. That is up to the charismatic Scotsman, Sir Thomas Graham, who takes a small British force o attack the French siege lines. The attack goes horribly wrong; Sir Thomas's outnumbered army is trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, and on a March morning, at Barrosa, Richard Sharpe finds himself embroiled in one of the most desperate infantry struggles ever fought. Sir Thomas has his own reasons for revenge, as does Sharpe, who goes into battle seeking the French colonel who precipitated the disaster that stranded Sharpe in Cádiz. In a bloody and stirring battle, Sharpe and the English get their revenge and their victory, but at a terrible cost. A triumph of both historical and battle fiction, Sharpe's Fury will sweep both old and new Sharpe fans into their hero's incredible adventures.

Synopsis:

Capt. Richard Sharpe, upstart rifleman, performs a sensitive mission for Henry Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington's younger brother and special envoy to Spain, in the latest installment in this "New York Times" bestselling series.

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Saxon Tales, the Richard Sharpe series, the Grail Quest series, the Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord Chronicles, and many other novels. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060530488
Subtitle:
Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811
Author:
Cornwell, Bernard
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060822
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.13 in 19.44 oz

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Product details 352 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060530488 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Once again, Cornwell is right on target....This new installment in a masterful, long-running series set during the Napoleonic Wars, which will appeal equally to devoted fans and to crossover readers."
"Review" by , "Cornwell has this stuff down cold, so it's great fun."
"Review" by , "As in the other Sharpe novels, there is a lot of action here, played out in sturdy prose. By count, this is the 21st novel starring Sharpe, and readers will hope for a 22nd."
"Review" by , "In this, the 21st title in the immensely entertaining series set during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, British Capt. Sharpe finds himself in Cádiz during a layover between missions."
"Review" by , "It's the villains who set Richard Sharpe into such a fury, though Cornwell hasn't forgotten his wit, obstinacy and sheer nerve in dealing with his foes. Sharpe's Fury may be driven by anger, but fans will fall on this latest volume with delight."
"Synopsis" by , The next installment in the "New York Times" bestselling Richard Sharpe series will be published to coincide with a new movie that will debut on BBC America in the fall of 2006.
"Synopsis" by , For more than twenty years, Richard Sharpe, the brave and dashing officer who rose from rags on the street to a commission in his majesty's army, has been thrilling audiences on both the page and on screen. Now the incomparable Bernard Cornwell ("the greatest writer of historical novels today"*) returns with a thrilling new installment—the first new Sharpe novel in more than two years.

The year is 1811. With the British army penned into a small part of Portugal, and all of Spain fallen to the invader except for the coastal city of Cádiz, the French appear to have won their war. Captain Richard Sharpe has no business being in Cádiz, but when an attack on a French-held bridge goes disastrously wrong, Sharpe—accompanied by Harper, his loyal Irish sergeant, and the obnoxious Brigadier Moon—finds himself in a city under French siege. It is also a town riven by political rivalry. Some Spaniards believe their country's future would be best served if they broke their alliance with Britain and forged a friendship with Napoléon's France; their cause is only strengthened when some letters written to a prostitute by the British ambassador fall into their possession. They resort to blackmail, and Sharpe, raised in the gutters of London and taught to fight, is released into the alleys of Cádiz to find the woman and retrieve the letters.

Yet defeating the blackmailers will not save the city. That is up to the charismatic Scotsman, Sir Thomas Graham, who takes a small British force o attack the French siege lines. The attack goes horribly wrong; Sir Thomas's outnumbered army is trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, and on a March morning, at Barrosa, Richard Sharpe finds himself embroiled in one of the most desperate infantry struggles ever fought. Sir Thomas has his own reasons for revenge, as does Sharpe, who goes into battle seeking the French colonel who precipitated the disaster that stranded Sharpe in Cádiz. In a bloody and stirring battle, Sharpe and the English get their revenge and their victory, but at a terrible cost. A triumph of both historical and battle fiction, Sharpe's Fury will sweep both old and new Sharpe fans into their hero's incredible adventures.

"Synopsis" by , Capt. Richard Sharpe, upstart rifleman, performs a sensitive mission for Henry Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington's younger brother and special envoy to Spain, in the latest installment in this "New York Times" bestselling series.

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