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Sharpe's havoc: Richard Sharpe and the campaign in northern Portugal, Spring 1809

Sharpe's havoc: Richard Sharpe and the campaign in northern Portugal, Spring 1809

Cornwell, Bernard

It is 1809 and Lieutenant Sharpe, who belongs to a small British army that has a precarious foothold in Portugal, is sent to look for Kate Savage. But before he can discover the missing girl, the French onslaught on Portugal begins and the city of Oporto falls

Paperback, Book. English. War stories. General.
Published London: Harper, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0007428081, 9780007428083
Note: Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 2003.
Physical Description: 352 p. : map ; 20 cm.
Series: The Sharpe series
Subject: Soldiers Fiction.; Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 Fiction.; Sharpe, Richard (Fictitious character) Fiction.; Portugal History Maria I, 1777-1816 Fiction.
Series Title: Sharpe series.

Author note

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.

Description

A small British army is stranded when the French invade northern Portugal and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe meets the future Duke of Wellington.

Sharpe is stranded behind enemy lines, but he has Patrick Harper, his riflemen and he has the assistance of a young, idealistic Portuguese officer.

When he is joined by the future Duke of Wellington they immediately mount a counter-attack and Sharpe, having been the hunted, becomes the hunter once more. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes his revenge.

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.

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