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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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Cornwall avoids this problem in Sharpe's Command by locating the story back in Sharpe's late 30s (1812). SHARPE’S COMMAND is the brand new novel in the bestselling historical series that has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

From the strife and division of the Dark Ages to the blood and bravery of the Napoleonic Wars, Bernard Cornwell’s has been bringing history to life since the early Eighties when he created the unlikely hero renegade-turned-officer Richard Sharpe. This book would fall between Sharpe’s Company and Sharpe’s Sword in both novels Richard is a Captain. 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. Loved ones come and go due to death or desertion, leaving him “in play” for a future damsel in distress.We meet again major Hogan who this time opines ‘A wise man once said that the best way to win a war is to do it without fighting’ (p210). The ending was terribly predictable and I could not wait to finish it and get onto something more authentic.

A Rifleman is now portrayed as an 'elite' soldier that is near untouchable on the battlefield, that was never the case before. This is set back in the middle of the Peninsular War - The Bridge at Alamaraz in May 1812 to be precise - putting it after Sharpe's Company (The Siege of Badajoz, January - April 1812) but before Sharpe's Sword (the Salamanca Campaign of June and July 1812). The TV show always liked to put emphasis on Sharpe and his riflemen, but in the books, they were always a backdrop to the greater South Essex regiment, and the machinations of Wellington's army in Spain. As for the main antagonist “El Héroe”, he solely exists to develop another character’s renown by way of a final showdown.

Now, let me say that it's still in good company even among the lower Sharpe's entries and I am always game for yet more Sharpe's adventures. 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. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. To mark Folio’s 75th anniversary, Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story is published as a magical new edition, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Marie-Alice Harel and bursting with exquisite design details. Cornwell seems to be having a fun time writing these days, as this was just full of clever wit from the always lovable duo of Sharpe and Harper along with an earnest but bumbling young artillery lieutenant who provided plenty of comic relief.

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