"It was a bloody awful shot," Sharpe said. "My mother could lay a gun better than that." "I didn't think you had a mother," Private Garrard said. "Everyone's got a mother, Tom." "Not Sergeant Hakeswill," Garrard said, then spat a mix of dust and spittle. . . . "Hakeswill was spawned of the... show more
"It was a bloody awful shot," Sharpe said. "My mother could lay a gun better than that." "I didn't think you had a mother," Private Garrard said. "Everyone's got a mother, Tom." "Not Sergeant Hakeswill," Garrard said, then spat a mix of dust and spittle. . . . "Hakeswill was spawned of the devil." Richard Sharpe—Soldier, hero, rogue—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.
Publish date: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, 19th Century
, 18th Century
Series: Sharpe (#1)
30/1 - I really enjoyed reading this book but found it quite different from the corresponding tv series. The bits where we hear what Sharpe's thinking were in a tone completely different from what I thought he'd sound like after watching a couple of episodes (I own the dvd set, but haven't watched ...
I'm a big fan of CS Forester's Horatio Hornblower books about a British naval officer during and after the Napoleonic wars, and this has been praised as the Army equivalent. Richard Sharpe is a very different character, and I don't know if I'll become as attached to him as Hornblower, but after th...
My father loved the Sharpe series, and he tried for years to get me to read it. I takes place at the turn of the 19th century, it features British soliders, and it's about the histories of battles and places that I know nothing about. Plus, I was a teenage girl when he suggested that I read this, ...
I'm sure that fans of military historical fiction love this series - I liked Sharpe, and the details of life in the British army were interesting, but the battles... ugh. Too much gory detail, blah blah blah cannons and dust and screaming and... Not my cuppa tea.
Cornwell went backwards to write this prequel to the Sharpe series, which began in the middle of Rifleman Richard Sharpe's career in Wellington's army during the Napoleonic Wars. These later novels, added to the series after Cornwell ran out of war time in which to plunk down his wartime hero, feel ...