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In hostile country, surrounded by enemies, Richard Sharpe faces the most desperate challenge of his military career - for between his men and the safety of Wellington's lines lies the fortress city of Almeida, now besieged by Napoleon's army
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Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810
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Bold, professional and determined, Richard Sharpe embarks on a desperate mission. He must recover the treasure, vital to the success of the war, now hidden behind enemy lines. The gold is in the possession of a powerful guerrilla leader, feared by ally and enemy alike. And he has no love for Sharpe, the man who has stolen his woman.
But Sharpe's fiercest battles lie with the British officers, ignorant of his deadly secret and mistrustful of his ruthless methods.
'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
Wellington needed gold, the Spaniards' gold, or the war would be over, Spain and Portugal lost causes both. 'Something that you, Captain Sharpe, must bring me. Must, do you hear? Must.'
And Richard Sharpe, Captain of the Light Company of the South Essex Regiment, knew that the General had never been more insistent.
But between Sharpe and the gold lay the French army - and Spanish Partisans with no belief that Spain's interest came first with the British. El Catolico, their leader was as ruthless as Sharpe and more savage by far. And when Sharpe took his woman, El Catolico was determined that the Englishman would die.
Bernard Cornwell paints a vivid picture of war in all its brutality, of passion in all its moods, in this superb adventure set in the Peninsular War.