"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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By Simon on 24-04-18
An Escape That's a Victory!
First, as I am reliably informed that the function that allows people to follow reviewers is about to be brutally terminated before its time a quick thankyou to anyone who followed my reviews. While I'm sure most of the emails ended crumpled up in the trash folder it has been nice to think someone somewhere might just have read one ir two of them so I am grateful!
And if it is to be the last of my reviews to be distributed this really isn't a bad way to go out. I'm a big fan of Mr Cornwell in general and this series in particular. And this is definitely one of the best of even this series. There is very little downtime between the action and when our man takes charge of an impending disastrous situation near the end it is absolutely vintage Sharpe. He is such a fantastic character closely followed by Donegal's own Patrick Harper of course.
Of course Rupert Farley is excellent as them both plus the usual host of snobby officers and the other assorted ruffians. His narration presides over pitched battles, bare knuckle fights and of course Sharpe finding a love interest though this is kept fairly restrained. I mentioned with the previous book that Sharpe could woo a woman no matter what state he was in but I think this time trumps the lot!
This is book ten now so no-one interested in it is likely to need me to tell them what this series is like. Just rest assured this lives up to the standard of the best so far!
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By Eileen on 17-11-15
Rattling good tale. Must say I'm becoming a mite concerned with Richard's bed hopping though. I recon I have bought and read 'several times' all 20 Sharpe books ~ or was it 21? ~ no matter. Richard's generosity with his ladies is legionary ~ as is his parsimony but, with thousands stashed away ~ Why doesn't he buy a bloody watch ????
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