Sharpe's Company

Sharpe's Company

Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812

Book - 1982
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Captain Richard Sharpe has to lead the attack on the terrible fortress.

It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He has lost command to a man who could buy the promotion Sharpe covets. His oldest enemy, the ruthless and indestructible Hakeswill, joins the regiment and he is a man with a mission to ruin Sharpe.

But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. The only way - a desperate choice - is to volunteer the Forlorn Hope, to lead the attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death or, just possibly, to heroic glory.

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.

Publisher: London : Collins, c1982
ISBN: 9780007452965
9780002221313
0002221314
Characteristics: 280 p. : map
Alternative Title: Sharpe's company

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Oct 05, 2010

It is the Spring of 1812. The fortification that is Badajoz, heavily defended by monstrous fortifications and a huge French-Spanish army, lies astride the Spanish Portuguese border must be taken by the English if they are to have a chance to defeat the emperor's forces in Iberia. Sharpe, stripped of his rank, must go through the breach to redeem himself and to regain his Captaincy.
As usual in a Cornwell novel, the action is hot and furious and in the grand finale, each page virtually drips with blood and gore --- this is indeed, vintage Bernard Cornwell..

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