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Sharpe's Command: The latest thrilling adventure from the best-selling master of historical fiction, the perfect gift for Christmas 2023

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He's previously portrayed as skillful and is the best shot yet old and frail Now he is literally everywhere. Gravely injured and forced to play dead, Sharpe survives and, swearing he will have his vengeance, commits himself to tracking Dodd across the ravaged landscape.

Nice to see his murdered wife alive again as Bernard Cornwall fills in gaps in this 23 book narrative. He eventually joins the 95th Rifles Regiment, who unlike regular British Infantry wore Green Jackets vice the traditional Red Jackets. While Sharpe’s role in the battle to destroy Forts Napoleon and Ragusa as well s the French pontoon bridge over the Tagus River at Almaraz is entirely fictitious, it makes for page-turning reading. A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed: Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord (aka Killer's Wake) in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.Captain Richard Sharpe of the 95th Rifle Brigade is the central character in this story and he’s certainly a determined and innovative character. Don't get me wrong, this is as enjoyable as any other book by Cornwell, but you have to wonder why we're going back into earlier times. There are plenty of other less important things that contradict the other books and the characters don't particularly seem like themselves either. He studied at London University before joining the BBC, where he became the head of current affairs television in Northern Ireland.

The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War. Sergeant Richard Sharpe is on a routine mission to collect ammunition from a friendly fort when he and his men are abruptly thrown into chaos. Bernard Cornwell brings all his considerable descriptive skill to bear on the infamous Battle of Assaye, described by General Arthur Wellesley himself as the battle of which he was most proud.I remember a time when to pick up a Cornwall book was good but the reputation is being damaged by seriously bad fodder. And since this book went back to the timeframe in between the battles of Badajoz and Salamanca, a lot of the Riflemen, etc. The battle when it came was well laid out by Cornwell and easy to follow the tactics and flow, and was full of his trademark grittiness that immersed me as if I was there.

Here, we have a bridge that has to be destroyed, and destroying it requires the capture or destruction of certain Frenchie forts. The assignment is not easy because Sharpe and his riflemen do battle with the French; the latter not well-trained and their officer is not too good in strategizing. Wading waist-deep in shit to scrape mineral deposits off the walls, Still, they are French, so they possibly don't notice.Haven't caught up with most of the original series so going to go back and revisit both the books and the show I think - this was such an enjoyable listen on borrowbox! It’s so obvious that the publishers were desperate for a new novel that’s what Bernard did, only he wrote it in daze. If you enjoyed any of the previous Sharpe books I think you would like this book and if you have never read any of Bernard Cornwell’s books and are a fan of Military Historical Fiction then I would recommend this series. If you never read the Sharpe series of books they centre around Richard Sharpe an Englishman who to avoid arrest joins the British Army.

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