Bold, professional, ruthless – hero and man of action
Sharpe had once been told: 'A Soldier is a man who fights for people who cannot fight for themselves.'’Behind Sharpe, in the Gateway of God, were women who could not fight for themselves.Sharpe would go back."
The unstoppable Sharpe has been made Major by order of King George, but with promotion comes deadly responsibility. Heading the newly formed Rocket Troop has its own challenges - the rockets are neither safe nor accurate.On top of this Sharpe must rescue a group of vulnerable innocents - women being held for the pleasure of a band of British deserters.
Their leader is Sharpe's bitter enemy, the malevolent Sergeant Hawkswill. Sharpe has very serious reasons for wanting Hawkswill to die a painful death, but he must put them aside and concentrate–the lives of thousands of Allied soldiers depend on it.
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.
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‘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
Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC TV for seven years, mostly as producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television’s Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.
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