Sharpe's Sword (Sharpe #14)
This time, Sharpe's enemy is the ruthless, sadistic Colonel Leroux. Sharpe's mission is to safeguard El Mirador, the spy whose network of agents is vital to the British victory. Sharpe must enter a new world of political and military intrigue.
Set in the summer of 1812, the life of Britain’s most important spy is at stake. Sharpe has been given the task of ensuring their safety by finding the dangerous Colonel Philippe Leroux, who knows the identity of the spy and will stop at nothing to silence them. A cast of characters including the lovely Hélène, La Marquesa de Casares el Grande y Melida Sadaba (no Sharpe novel would be complete without a beauti...more
Leroux is another top villain, this time a torturer who enjoys sk...more
In this episode, built around the battle of Salamanca, Sharpe encounters the evil Colonel Leroux, France's most ruthless assassin. In the process of trying to capture Leroux and appropriate his highly valued sword, he becomes romantically involved with LaMarquesa, an extraordinarily beautiful woman whose interest in Sharpe is not purely romantic.
As always, Sharpe, while almost dying from a gunshot wound, eventually figures it all out...more
Sharpe finds himself embroiled in a cat-and-mouse game between warring intelligencers, with his trademark "bull in a china shop" approach proving to be ineffective at first, but eventually winning out in the end. Alas, this book feels the more like "running through the motions" as opposed to treadi...more
It's a decent little story that combines history and action around...more
As the only English officer capable of recognizing the sadistic Leroux, Sharpe is withdrawn from his usual duties to fight on an altog...more
Fourteenth in the Richard Sharpe fictional military history series revolving around a man who has come up through the ranks. A natural soldier.
This installment fights back and forth around Salamanca in Spain between June and July, 1812.
It's all about spying in this installment. Master spies, the little guy. The depths to which the enemy will sink to destroy the oppositions' lines of information as well as...more
In this story, you see the best and worst of the Sharpe series. The battle between Sharpe and the psychotic French spy, Leroux, is written very well. And Sharpe's love/hate relationship with Lord Spears is even better. But Sharpe and the Marquesa . . . sigh. You really have to wonder why Cornwell even bothers giving Sharpe a...more
Otherwise, a good read, really one of my favorites of the series so far.
I read teh book in a single flight from Europe and couldn't put it down until I was done.
Beautiful woman Check
Dastardly French baddie Check
Friendly Irish Sidekick Check
Battles and Derring Does Check
Another chance to march over the hills and far away with Sharpe and his company of rifleman, this time it's Salamanca.