Sharpe's Sword (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #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.
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
Leroux is another top villain, this time a torturer who enjoys sk ...more
I am going through the whole series again, this time with audiobook versions (Oct 2015). Adding a bit to the above, there are technical errors in the story which annoy me and quite a bit of padding. It is a stretch to give it three stars, but I do really like the series as a whole.
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
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
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As the only English officer capable of recognizing the sadistic Leroux, Sharpe is withdrawn from his usual duties to fight on an altog ...more
So different to the re-write for television and so much better. Even knowing the storyline I was hanging on as the story unfurled, as the characters interacted. The differences were enough to make it almost a new story and so much more realistic.
The basement of the hospital "Connelley's kingdom" was more in keeping with what I would expect for that era and what the surgeons left behind. The efforts that Harper went to, to remake Sharpe's sword speak so much ...more
None of the Sharpe books is bad. They present history in a thrilling, heroic manner following the career of Richard Sharpe, a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars who rises through the ranks thanks to his courage and martial prowess. I must confess though that after reading a fair number of them they tend to blend together in a 'paint-by-numbers' fashion. Cornwell has a winning recipe for cooking his historical romances that he he applies time and time again: Sharpe is the perfect so ...more