Summary

Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde.
The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley, with a diminished British army, plunges his men into the white heat of battle. A battle that will make his reputation, and perhaps Sharpe's too.
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.
©1998 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 05-10-15

History Re-Visited

Another genuinely impressive novel from Cornwell. Once again he inserts his characters seamlessly into history giving true credit to the real heroes of the day. In this case Sir Arthur Wellsley who despite his achievements is perhaps one of the less celebrated of our talented historical leaders.

The story continues from the first book and surprisingly Sharpe has passed four quiet years until the campaign leading to the Battle of Assaye reels him in. That's not his only worry though, the wonderfully awful Sergeant Hakeswill still harbours an incredible grudge and if there is one thing Hakeswill can do it is to plot revenge!

The whole thing is expertly narrated by Rupert Farley and his take on the "good" Sergeant is a joy "It's written in the scriptures so it is". The Battle itself is described in great length, the heroism of the Scots, Sharpe's own non-trivial role and of course much historical detail is included to bring it to life.

Another stunning read. I must deliberately ration myself. I want this series to last a little while at least!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 22-05-18

triumph

great story narrator I thought a lot better than the 1st.
can't wait for the 3rd now.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 20-11-17

Fantastic!

Another stellar tale of Richard Sharpe.

I love the way the author is able to weave these tales through historical events

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3 out of 5 stars
By James E. Johnson on 02-04-16

Enjoyed the beginning and ending

Struggles thru the ending battle. enjoyed the outcome however and will read on!

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