Summary

Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of riflemen join the assault of a strong French force holding the Holy City of Santiago de Compostela.
Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of the Spanish, but this assistance comes at a price: to join the assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, held by a strong French force. There is little Sharpe would enjoy more.
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.
©1988 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." ( Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." ( Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." ( George R.R. Martin)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Just on 24-04-18

Rifles!

Would you listen to Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 again? Why?

Yes, of course. I love Sharpe.

Any additional comments?

This is a prequel novel, written at the request of the producers of the TV series to provide a sort of origin for Sharpe's situation in the Peninsular. While not quite as good as some of the ones that come later, (written first), it is still a very good book in its own right and it is interesting to see how the characters react when they first meet. Also worth it just for Rupert Farley.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 27-03-18

brilliant. compelling. couldn't put it down.

one of the best stories in the series. a treat! a great performance to boot

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