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Sharpe's Fortress (Sharpe #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  5,367 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Promoted for his gallantry in the war against India's rebellious Mahratta confederacy, Richard Sharpe is uncomfortable with his newfound authority --- and embroiled in his own private campaign. The unmistakable scent of treason is leading him to Gawilghur, a impenetrable fortress in the sky and the last refuge of desperate enemies of all dark stripes. And as the army of Si ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 24th 2005 by HarperTorch (first published 1999)
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Tim "The Enchanter"
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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.

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Jim
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
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John Caviglia
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,
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Ensiform
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
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Brad
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
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Kate Sherrod
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Nate
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
Ed
#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
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Matt
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
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Ed
Jun 07, 2008 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
Jennifer
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.
Deanne
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.
Andrew
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
Caro
Oh, Sharpe, how do you manage to triumph over such terrible odds every time? Cannot wait to start the next one.
Graham
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
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David
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
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Susan
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
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Joyce Lagow
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
Kathy Davie
Third in the Sharpe military fiction series set in the early 19th century. In this installment, Richard Sharpe has made Ensign while in India for saving Sir Arthur's life at the battle of Assaye.

The Story
The Mahratta confederation has rebelled against the English and it's Sir Arthur's job to subdue them as they lead him a merry chase across India to the invincible Fortress of Gawilghur where several of Sharpe's enemies has taken refuge. Richard has sworn vengeance against the man who murdered Co
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Blablabla Aleatório
“Aliás, suar era a única coisa que ele tinha para fazer ali. Maldição. Aquela era uma companhia muito boa, e não precisava nem um pouco de Richard Sharpe. Urquhart comandava-a com muita competência, Colquhoun era um sargento magnífico, os homens estavam sempre tão satisfeitos quanto soldados podiam ficar, e a última coisa que a companhia precisava era de um oficial recém-promovido, ainda por cima inglês, que apenas dois meses antes era sargento.”

Índia, dezembro de 1803. Apenas alguns meses antes
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Randall
A worthy addition to the chronicles of Richard Sharpe. Newly raised from Sergeant to Ensign, Mister Sharpe is finding himself unwelcome in the ranks of officers and men alike. Plagued be enemies old and new, domestic and foreign, Sharpe is practically at the point of selling his commission and returning to England. But there is always one more adventure to be found and one more battle to be fought.

Turned over to his enemies and betrayed by the one he thought he loved, Sharpe manages (with a litt
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Baseni
"Der Kampf in und um Indien geht in seine entscheidende Phase. Arthur Wellesley hat das Bündnis der Marathen zerstört, einige haben in einen Frieden eingewilligt, andere sammeln sich in der als uneinnehmbar geltenden Bergfestung von Gawilghur. Mister Richard Sharpe, nach der Rettung Wellesley durch ihn zum Ensign befördert, hadert mit seinem Schicksal. Von seinen neuen Offizierskollegen nicht akzeptiert, von den ehemaligen Kameraden verachtet, versucht er, seinem Rang gerecht zu werden. Diese Ch ...more
Chris
The last of the India books in the series, it's a good closer. I won't repeat my usual spoilery rant about a particular thing Sharpe keeps doing, but he DOES IT AGAIN. At least this time, as far as I can remember, it's the last of its nature. Later similar incidents feel much more natural.

One thing that makes me like this one is the lack of a Sharpe Girl. Yes, there is one that might compete for the spot, but not really, given the story. Cornwell can write decent female characters, though he's n
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Jean Poulos
I wish I had read the Sharpe series in order but alas I have managed to jump all over the place as I obtained the books. This is the last book that takes place in India and is the first book that Sharpe is an officer albeit as a lowly Ensign. It is 1803 and Sharpe is with Sir Arthur Wellesley’s army closing in on the retreating Mahrattas in western India. The Mahrattas Army has entered the Impenetrable fortress Gawilghur that raises above the Deccan plains. Sharpe is having nothing but problems, ...more
Alec Sillifant
'The name's Sharpe, Richard Sharpe.' (Dum Diddley Dum-Dum)

Okay, Mr Sharpe, newly up from the ranks officer in the British army, is to my mind James Bond in the 19th century. He always gets a girl, or two, he always wins out and bests the bad guy/guys (mostly) and he is luckier than a black cat made from horseshoes and four leaf clovers. He also gets wounded a lot in ways that could possibly kill a lesser man proper dead, for keeps and all. This bloke is one bad ass tough hombre.

But don't let the
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Connor
Brilliant book!

Although I watched the TV show, I had never read the books. It was recommended by my father in law who said he'd always loved em. So when I saw them in a second hand bookshop I just picked up the first I saw, so I've started from the 3rd but that's fine as I was hooked from the beginning.

The novel is fast paced with lots of action dotted about that moves smoothly, isn't unnecessary thrown in, and doesn't ruin any of the story telling. Being a lover of history made this another plu
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Paul
Sharpe's Fortress relives the gore and gruesome nature of the historic battle for Gawilghur at the beginning of the 19th century. Richard Sharpe returns as the serial soldier-hero and standout in skirmishes, a belligerent, sometimes, brash, swashbuckling James Bond of sorts, bent on adventure, heh, excitement. He's no Jedi, to say the least. Sharpe fights dirty, more like a bounty hunter than a proper British officer but, hey, it works like a snake charm. Sharpe embodies the soldierly version of ...more
Jon
A B-grade Patrick O'Brian, but enjoyable overall. I am still perplexed by how anyone, let alone an otherwise-competent author, could think Obadiah Hakeswill adds anything to the proceedings. Just so over the top. I guess this is "guilty pleasure" sort of reading, certainly more melo than drama, but without that element I would have fully enjoyed the first three books.
Will Baker
I've read four of the Sharpe Series and this is my favorite so far. It took off right from the beginning. I felt like I was right in the thick of it with Sharpe. Cornwell also kept me guessing as to what would happen with the side characters. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the romantic age of the British Empire.
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother 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, Cornwe ...more
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