Richard Sharpe and the French invasion of Galicia, January 1809. In the bitter winter of 1809 the French are winning the war in Spain and Britain's forces are retreating towards Corunna, with Napoleon's victorious armies in pursuit. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the British army and surrounded by enemy ...
Richard Sharpe and the French invasion of Galicia, January 1809. In the bitter winter of 1809 the French are winning the war in Spain and Britain's forces are retreating towards Corunna, with Napoleon's victorious armies in pursuit. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the British army and surrounded by enemy troops. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of an unlikely ally, a Spanish cavalry officer, Major Blas Vivar. Unknown to Sharpe, the Spaniard harbours a desperate and quixotic ambition which will lead to a suicidal assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela and a savage fight agains overwhelming French numbers. Sharpe's determination must be tested to its limit if victory is to be snatched from disaster. The Complete Sharpe Collection with a new introduction by the author
VG+ in VG+ jacket. VG+/VG+. 8vo. original blue textured paper boards gilt (paperstock a little tanned) in dustwrapper (slightly rubbed, a few marks); pp. 304. A near fine copy. The eighth novel in the series.
VG in VG+ jacket. Signed by Author. VG/VG+. 8vo. original blue textured paper boards gilt (spine slanted, small stain to fore-edge, paperstock slightly tanned, as usual) in dustwrapper (edges rubbed); pp. 304. A very good copy. The eighth novel in the series, flatsigned on the title page 'Bernard Cornwell'.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author Signed by Bernard Cornwell on the Title page. Signature only First edition, First printing. Book is in Near Fine condition. Boards are clean, not bumped. Fore edges have a small amount of shelf wear and foxing. Speckled on top edges, browning noted on inside. Interior is clean and legible. Not remaindered. Dust Jacket is in Near Fine condition. Tiny bit of edge wear, tiny bit of crinkle. Not price clipped. Dust Jacket is covered by Mylar wrapper. All-Ways well boxed, All-Ways fast service. Thanks.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-07-22 The eight previous books about Richard Sharpe, up-from-the-ranks infantry officer in H.M. Rifles, followed him from Talavera in 1809, battling Napoleon's armies across Iberia into France in early 1814. This ``prequel'' set in January 1809 has the new Lieutenant Sharpe trying to get his small English band away from the victorious French. Sharpe hopes to join the British outpost in Lisbon but is waylaid by a Spanish major of cavalry into helping him pull off a ``miracle.'' The noble Major Vivar means to raise the flag of Spain's patron saint over Santiago de Compostela, now in French hands, as a sign that Spain will not be defeated. Readers of the earlier books will enjoy the usual smooth writing and vivid, occasionally quite gory, color. The battle scenes are thrillingly realistic and we always learn something: a macho , for example, is a mule whose vocal chords have been cut so that it can't bray and warn the enemy. The subplots revolve around Sharpe's making the recalcitrant Harper a sergeant, winning the respect of his troops and, alas, losing a fair young English girl. (September)
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