Bold, professional, ruthless, hero and man of action 'Sharpe lost all sense of time. The fear was gone, as it always seemed to vanish once danger was present. Nairne's men, thinned out and bloodied, pushed forward into gun fire. Smoke thickened. Knots of men lay in blood where canister had struck. The wounded called for help, or vomited, or cried ...
Bold, professional, ruthless, hero and man of action 'Sharpe lost all sense of time. The fear was gone, as it always seemed to vanish once danger was present. Nairne's men, thinned out and bloodied, pushed forward into gun fire. Smoke thickened. Knots of men lay in blood where canister had struck. The wounded called for help, or vomited, or cried, or just lay softly to let death come.' 1814. There are rumours that Napoleon is dead, or has run away, but Sharpe has one last, battle to fight before he can lay down his sword - it is the battle for Toulouse. Little does he know it will be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. The battle is not the end of Sharpe's challenges - he is stabbed in the back by a whispering campaign branding him a thief and a liar. Sharpe must discover who has framed him, and conduct a revenge as ingenious as it is devastating. A Sharpe Adventure
Publishers Weekly, 1989-04-07 The 10th in Cornwell's series ( Sharpe's Rifles , etc.) is a corker. It is early 1814 and Major Richard Sharpe is still with one-eyed Capt. Frederickson and giant Sgt. Maj. Harper. Sharpe's French nemesis Major Ducos, in the first of a series of betrayals, has stolen a fortune from Napoleon and framed Sharpe for the crime. As fugitives from the British Army and the restored French royalist regime, Sharpe, Frederickson and Harper travel across France and into Naples to find Ducos and clear themselves. They must also deal with a loyal Bonapartist general and a rapacious Neapolitan cardinal, both of whom want the treasure. Sharpe has further problems with a fickle young wife in Regency London and an unlikely romantic attachment in Normandy. Fast and gripping, the story is carried by Cornwell's easy hold on vivid period detail. After an alliance of convenience with the Bonapartist general, Sharpe's final escape is literally dazzling. Readers will relish this adventure and eagerly await Sharpe at Waterloo. (May)
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