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

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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Douglas Smith was born in New York City and attended the Rhode Island School of Design, earning his BFA in Illustration in 1974, having also studied sculpture, painting and printmaking. The binding design, resplendent in black and gold foils, features one of the enemies’ spectacular war elephants, while the historical note by Cornwell discusses how Sharpe’s Triumph contains a ‘crucial moment’ in Richard Sharpe’s lively career. As others have mentioned Sharpe was only a captain at this period of his story line, so how come he's suddenly a major? The colour frontispiece and black-and-white scratchboard illustrations capture Sharpe in the midst of the conflict, blood flying from his sabre as he fights for his life.

We import first-rate saltpetre from India and the French are forced to scrape it from the walls of cesspits, poor devils. This book uses the real-life Battle of Almaraz which took place 18-19 May 1812 where the British and Portuguese were fighting the French in Almaraz, Spain. A bridge at Almaraz is a key link between two French armies and destroying it will be a key factor to enable British success. He was doubtless quoting from Sun Tzu’s Strategy of War: ‘To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. Sharpe retired several books back and now suddenly we're going back and picking up adventures that happened prior to his retirement.He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia. How about a book on Richard III, one of the worst British kings ever and one of the most reprehensible? Cornwall avoids this problem in Sharpe's Command by locating the story back in Sharpe's late 30s (1812). And the impossible is exactly what the formidable Major Sharpe is asked to do when he’s dispatched on an undercover mission behind enemy lines, deep in the Spanish countryside. This first ever illustrated edition of Sharpe’s Triumph, produced in series with Sharpe’s Tiger, features a map of India at the time and a battle plan of the fateful conflict, as well as action-packed illustrations by series artist Douglas Smith.

And since this book went back to the timeframe in between the battles of Badajoz and Salamanca, a lot of the Riflemen, etc. Lastly, the historical narrative in play for this one too is very lean, covering just weeks in the peninsular war and rounded out with a half-baked antagonist.This is definitely for the Sharpe fan - if you've read the others, you have to read this one as well. He's also got a different spelling here, where he used to be "Garrard", he's now "Gerrard", which initially led me to believe he was a different person, but no. Sharpe is bloodthirsty and reckless with people's lives, given that this was straight after Badajoz I'd have remembered that he was mentally traumatised by that experience. Over the last few Sharpe books it has been becoming clear that his daring doo would become more challenging as he got older. Sitting high above the Almaraz bridge, it is the last link between two French armies, one in the north and one in the south; if they meet, the British are doomed.



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