Sharpe's Command: The latest thrilling adventure from the best-selling master of historical fiction, the perfect gift for Christmas 2023

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Sharpe's Command: The latest thrilling adventure from the best-selling master of historical fiction, the perfect gift for Christmas 2023

Sharpe's Command: The latest thrilling adventure from the best-selling master of historical fiction, the perfect gift for Christmas 2023

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Teresa gets perhaps the most presence in the book than any other entry, and while that is welcome, most of it is squandered between superficial interactions with her and Richard and there is no further development of their relationship or romance. If there's a Tom Garrard and a Tom Gerrard who Sharpe's known since he was a Private, then that's a hell of a coincidence, and an odd choice on Cornwell's part. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Like most of the books in the series, there is not a lot of character development, the author relies most on action to tell the story. The allies utilized an escalade on the fort's walls, and the details made everything stand out vividly.

Some of the conversations and comments, particularly those involving Patrick, Major Hogan, Theresa and Sharpe, gave me the giggles. Bernard, if you’re going to keep writing Sharpe, please do him justice, this was just Sharpe by numbers.

I was fairly disappointed, don’t get me wrong the ending helps to make the book a bit more enjoyable but there are far too many inconsistencies in this book. Now, let me say that it's still in good company even among the lower Sharpe's entries and I am always game for yet more Sharpe's adventures. He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe's Company, published in 1982.

We meet again major Hogan who this time opines ‘A wise man once said that the best way to win a war is to do it without fighting’ (p210). There is one new character, though how close to the historical person the portrayal is I don't know: Lieutenant "Cupid" Love. Over the years I've enjoyed Bernard Cornwell's books - have them all, filling one bookcase and spilling out onto the floor in several stacks. If you never read the Sharpe series of books they centre around Richard Sharpe an Englishman who to avoid arrest joins the British Army.This book uses the real-life Battle of Almaraz which took place 18-19 May 1812 where the British and Portuguese were fighting the French in Almaraz, Spain. Needless to say, he triumphs after a number of setbacks, this time aided by his wife Teresa and her guerrillas. Sharpe retired several books back and now suddenly we're going back and picking up adventures that happened prior to his retirement. This book deals with the attack on the pontoon bridge at Almaraz by the detached force of General Sir Roland "Daddy" Hill and action that is essential to stop two French armies joining forces and thus be in a position to outnumber and overwhelm the Duke of Wellington's own mixed force.

He starts off as a Private and then is given a battlefield commission to ensign for an act of bravery.Bernard Cornwell’s latest (2023) Sharpe adventure Sharpe’s Command places our hero at the battle of the Bridge at Almaraz, 1812 – as usual, based on historical events. Featuring a fascinating introduction by Val McDermid and new illustrations by Juan Esteban Rodríguez, each copy has been signed by both the introducer and the illustrator. There are plenty of other less important things that contradict the other books and the characters don't particularly seem like themselves either. While I am sure Cornwell enjoys his job and I have no objection to him making money from it, Sharpe’s Command does feel like he needed some cash to renovate the indoor lap pool at Chatham. And only Sharpe – with just his cunning, his courage and a small band of rogues to rely on – stands in their way .

In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British. Bernard Cornwell was born in London and worked in television until he met his American wife and moved to the US. If you enjoyed any of the previous Sharpe books I think you would like this book and if you have never read any of Bernard Cornwell’s books and are a fan of Military Historical Fiction then I would recommend this series.

And we get to read about the dear departed Mrs Sharpe having a particularly brutal duel with a partisan. After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television. Granted, this is the first Peninsular War adventure we've had since 2006, so mistakes on Cornwell's part are bound to happen. Whilst there may be some truth to the charge that these novels are becoming formulaic, when they're this entertaining you don't mind! But the journey inevitably leads him towards a fateful showdown, as General Wellesley prepares to command his first field battle, a daring and desperate conflict that will leave a bloody mark on the pages of history itself and change Sharpe’s destiny forever.



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