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Sharpe's Fortress (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,108 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
Britain's number one bestselling novelist is back! Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe's Fortress--the stunning successor to Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumph marks Richard Sharpe's explosive, unforgettable, final adventure in India.

Surviving the infamous battle of Assaye, Richard Sharpe has been promoted for his gallantry and skill assisting Sir Arthur Wellesley--the future Duke
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published October 24th 2000 by HarperTorch (first published 1999)
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Apr 09, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical novel is the third in the series about Ensign Richard Sharpe, a soldier in the British army. The story takes place in India in 1803. Sharpe is a good, strong soldier, a decent human being. Unfortunately, he encounters people who are not so decent.

The book is fast-paced, detailed, and give a great feeling about what it was like to be in the army two hundred years ago. It was hard, dirty, painful, hot, and sometimes lonely. Sharpe recently became an officer, but was never really a
Tim The Enchanter
A Masterfully Executed 5 Stars

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After being disappointed by the previous book in the series, Sharpe's Fortress does not leave you wanting. While it's predecessor fails to provide sufficient detail of a famous battle, this novels lets you live the pain, drama and excitement of what has been called by some as a mere footnote to history. If you read Sharpe's Triumph and considered putting the series aside, please read this one before making your final decision.

This book receiv
I liked the PBS series & found the books very enjoyable, but as an audio book, it really shined. Cornwell's historical afterwords, which set straight any inaccuracies, are wonderful, too. But take my star rating with a grain of salt. I didn't find this book quite as good as the others I've read, just liked it in this format better.

The story suffered from quite a bit of repetition at times. For instance, the area they assaulted must have been described half a dozen times until it not only bo
John Caviglia
Mar 06, 2014 John Caviglia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I have been devouring a Sharpe a week, it is perhaps time to comment, for after this third volume the hero of the series is at last leaving India….

I must admit to being somewhat disappointed in Cornwall at first, but largely—on reflection—because he is not Patrick O’Brian … and I can hardly fault him for what he shares with the rest of the human race. O’Brianian expectations as to prose and scope set aside, Cornwall writes taut and tightly plotted novels, rich in necessary historical detail,
Feb 05, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical, war
The third book in the series, a direct sequel to Sharpe's Triumph. Still in India (1803), Sharpe takes part in the brief battle of Argaum before performing a heroic pivotal role in the siege of the supposedly impregnable fort at Gawilghur. Sharpe is still in pursuit of the traitor Dodd, but his old enemy Hakesswill is on Sharpe’s trail, so treachery is everywhere.

This is very fine historical fiction. Cornwell knows how to recreate the past; every character, no matter how brief his stay will turn
Jul 15, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Perhaps my four stars is because I just finished and hated The Amber Spyglass, elevating Sharpe's Fortress to something greater than it was, but I think it is a lot more likely that I am just a fan of a good old-fashioned yarn full of action, one ethically complicated character and one truly nasty and imbalanced villain. Sharpe's Fortress has all that and Bernard Cornwell's muscular prose to boot.

Now I don't want to go all gooey over Cornwell's Sharpe series, it is nowhere near the quality of O
Nancy Ellis
Apr 24, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Cornwell's books, but I think the Sharpe series is his masterpiece. He has a gift for bringing to life historical events that are so far removed from our reality today that in any other setting they could potentially be labeled as irrelevant. His fictional characters are amazing, and he breathes life into the historical figures. I also appreciate his Historical Notes at the end of each book, where he clarifies exactly how he manipulated the story to make Sharpe the hero and tells t ...more
Kate Sherrod
Oct 07, 2012 Kate Sherrod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 08, 2013 Nate rated it liked it
Shelves: napoleonic-wars
More reliably fun Sharpe stuff, this one concludes the trilogy of Sharpe's adventures in India with Sharpe confronting the seemingly unassailable fort of Gawilghur. Of course, the "impenetrable fortress" is a fun and familiar Cornwell plot element (I think my first one was Dunholm from Lords of the North) and you can be sure Sharpie doesn't mill about outside the walls kicking the dirt for 300 pages, although he still doesn't make enough puns on his own surname enough for me. Thusly this book fo ...more
David Weinfeld
Mar 18, 2016 David Weinfeld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharpe is one tough customer. He fights to win, no matter who or what gets in his way. Vengeance can be sweet.
Ian Mapp
Oct 30, 2015 Ian Mapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Book 3 in the series, written to an identikit formula - same characters - starts and ends with a battle - Sharpe vs. Hawkswell - who simply cannot be killed.

Lets see if he is back in Book 4 - I see no reason why he shouldn't.

Sharpe has made it to Ensign but he is regretting his promotion. Other officers will not accept him, the men do not trust him. But since when did Sharpe need the acceptance of other men?

Once again, the defector Dodd is the major enemy - a minor skirmish at the start of the b
Sep 27, 2015 Alger rated it really liked it
The Sharpe novels have a simple formula:

1) Discover the bastards
2) Pursue the bastards
3) Kill the bastards

The bits in between are mostly Sharpe thinking about how much the army gets in his way and figuring out how to best achieve his own personal revenge. It should surprise no one that getting to his goal is usually a path going straight through (or just a little to the side of) the enemy ranks.

Sharpe's Fortress closes up the early career of Richard Sharpe, and sets up his leaving India to join
George Paul
Jul 01, 2015 George Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bernard Cornwell, Sharpe’s Fortress: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (New York: HarperCollins, 2000). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle

There is a line between war and murder, and Ensign Richard Sharpe keeps stepping over it in this third volume of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series. On the one hand, we see him devising and leading the 33rd Light Infantry and a ragged assortment of Scots, Sepoys, and cavalrymen up a ladder in the escalade of the Gawilghur fortress. (Sharpe is
Oct 31, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Richard Sharpe series (taken chronologically, this was #19 in publication order). Subtitled Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803, this action filled adventure completes Sharpe's Indian Trilogy of 1799 to 1803. I'm looking forward to Sharpe's return to Europe and more easily pronounced place names. Next up is Trafalgar, 1805. I'm not normally a history buff but I'm really enjoying this view of the British Army around the turn of the 19th Century.

Richard Sharpe and th
Apr 14, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After tearing through the excellent second book, Sharpe's Triumph, I literally sped through this book. At 384 pages, it is not a small book. I read from 9pm last night to 2am in the morning, then today I read from 5 to 8 to finish it, ripping through the last 200 or so pages....a literal page turner. Bernard Cornwell is a damn fine author and he really kicks it up the action and intrigue with this book.

So, to recap over the last twelve days I have gorged myself on 1120 pages of Sharpe's adventur
Jun 07, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers
Third in the "India Trilogy," it has some of the most graphic battle scenes I've ever read. Sharpe continues his charmed life as he struggles with dissension in the ranks, arrogant and incompetent fellow officers and "gentlemen."

One of my favorite villains, Sgt. Hakeswell, continues to bedevil Sharpe but Sharpe, as always, overcomes all because he is first and foremost, a "soldier."

Fun reading unless you are put off by bloodshed.
Jun 14, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sharpe novels are not a hard slog at all, and that's part of what I love about them--they're interesting and fun and have characters I can love and hate. Here Sharpe gets caught up in one of Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington)'s last battles in India, to take an seemingly-impregnable fortress. Sharpe continues to be the honorable anti-hero who talks a good cynical game and then gives his enemy a sword so they're evenly matched, and I like the fact that most people honestly don't ...more
Rohit Nair
I liked the book. It describes the conquest on Gwalior fort. Its interesting to see Richard's reaction to various instances that occur in his life and war. Being an Indian there are a few things that i figured that the author got wrong, apart from that the story was interesting. A good historical war fiction! If you are interested in War novels, you should read this one.
Dec 23, 2013 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, war
Once I got about 30 pages in the pace began to pick up. Have a soft spot for Sharpe, though it's probably more to do with the huge crush I have on Sean Bean. Do like the gruff northern accent.
As for the book, lots of action with our hero still after Dodd.
Linda Barnett
Mar 13, 2016 Linda Barnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in Cornwell's Sharpe series and the last one in India, before both he and Wellesley return to England.

The successful siege of Gawilghur in 1803 sets the stage for Wellesley's triumphant return to England, and with only a few character changes, Cornwell has painted a stunningly accurate canvas depicting both the horrors of war, and the jubilation of success and survival, for the lucky.

Very few authors can take "real" history, and with only a few changes, make it so vivid that y
Apr 21, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love these books. They are very exciting. But they contain a lot of typos and I'm unsure whether it is just the Kindle version or if the other versions also contain them. I would not let the typos dissuade me from reading them. They are fun fast reads. The history is good and fairly accurate. Author Cornwell lets us know where most of the big inaccuracies are and where the liberties have been taken.However in this book there is one major historical inaccuracy that goes unexplained. I won' ...more
Cory Furtado
Mar 05, 2016 Cory Furtado rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never been disappointed by a Richard Sharpe book, and I doubt I ever will. Cornwell, in my opinion, is the master of historical fiction. His battle scenes are crafted with the utmost care and detail, and the reader can almost taste the salt from the powder packets and smell the smoke from the muskets. This story, as the previous two in the series, continue the tales of Sharpe's time in India. The British need to find a way into the impregnable Gawilghur Fortress. There are characters both ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Oh, Sharpe, how do you manage to triumph over such terrible odds every time? Cannot wait to start the next one.
Con questo terzo volume delle avventure giovanili di Sharpe torniamo su buoni livelli.

Richard Sharpe torna protagonista, assieme alla campagna indiana in corso (e alla fine), e la qualità del libro ne risente tremendamente: il libro scorre via a meraviglia, quasi non ci si accorge del tempo e delle pagine che passano.
Anche la solita, prevedibile minaccia portata da Hakeswill è sopportabile stavolta: perché Hakeswill non ne è il principale artefice, perché si dimostra finalmente terrorizzato da S
Robin Webster
Mar 06, 2016 Robin Webster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third book of the Sharpe series, we find an unhappy Sharpe who has found being promoted to an officer is not all it is cracked out to be. Due to him coming up from the ranks he is not accepted by his fellow officers or the rank and file of the army. In view of this he considers the possibility of selling his commission, but eventually does find an opportunity to prove himself in battle but it comes as usual with a high risk of losing his life at the impregnable fortress at Gawilghur. This ...more
Roy Elmer
Sharpe's Fortress is a sort of third in a trilogy that forms the opening chapters of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series. I know this is an obvious thing to anyone who has read the books, but it does need saying as it sets the broader context of the series, and where I'm going with this review.

Sharpe's Tiger, Triumph and Fortress could be one vast narrative, a single narrative of early British India from the perspective of a lowly private soldier who is actually rather good at what he does. Sharpe
The finale of Sharpe’s India trilogy is a rip-roaring adventure of a book, told in spare, lean prose that concentrates on intrigue, danger, suspense and action in equal measure.

Cornwell seems to pull out all the stops here, doing away with the hesitant non-action that was in SHARPE'S TRIUMPH, instead focusing the book on war and conflict and delivering a superb siege on the fortress of Gawilghur, which makes for fascinating reading. When Cornwell writes bloody violence and battle, the book is t
Chronologically the 3rd book in Bernard Cornwell's long-running Sharpe series, this is a more recent (circa 1999) addition to the long running series, and is also the last book set in India before the Napoleonic Wars.

At the start of this novel, and having made the leap from the ranks to Officer-hood (at the end of Sharpe's Triumph), ensign Richard Sharpe is failing. As an outsider to the 'Gentleman's club' of officer-hood (one of whom, historically, comments "you can put a saddle on a working-ho
Jan 16, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this book to read as I liked this authors Warlord series. The book is pretty good, action packed and quite believable. Cornwell displays his same propensity for violence, brutality and dispensing with secondary characters..but I suppose that was how it was in those days.
Sharpes Fortress is set at the end of the Mahratta wars when Wellesley dealt the death blow to the last of the viable Indian powers.
In this book, Sharpe continues his battles against his personal enemies who are bent on
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the Battle of Assaye (covered in Sharpe's Triumph) was a major defeat for the Mahratti forces of the confedration of western Indian kingdoms, Lt. Dodd, the renegade Englishman who has become Sharpe's personal target for revenge for the killing of Colonel McCandless, has retreated with his intact regiment, Dodd's Cobras, to the impregnable mountain fortress of Gawilghur. There, with the remnants of the Mahratti army, he plans to defeat the English army under Wellesley which must atttack and ...more
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, C ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Richard Sharpe (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, #1)
  • Sharpe's Triumph (Sharpe, #2)
  • Sharpe's Trafalgar (Sharpe, #4)
  • Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe, #5)
  • Sharpe's Rifles (Sharpe, #6)
  • Sharpe's Havoc (Sharpe, #7)
  • Sharpe's Eagle (Sharpe, #8)
  • Sharpe's Gold (Sharpe, #9)
  • Sharpe's Escape (Sharpe, #10)
  • Sharpe's Fury (Sharpe, #11)

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