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

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  7,866 Ratings  ·  187 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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Apr 09, 2015 David rated it really liked it
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 02, 2014 John Caviglia rated it really liked it
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,
Mar 07, 2013 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
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
Kate Sherrod
Sep 02, 2012 Kate Sherrod rated it it was amazing
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Vinothraj J
Oct 10, 2016 Vinothraj J rated it liked it
This review of Sharpe #3 would be similar to mine of Sharpe #2.
Decent pace, military strategy, peripheral sub-plots.
I had to skim a bit through the ending fight-scene.
Nancy Ellis
Apr 24, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 30, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Nov 14, 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.
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.
David Weinfeld
Mar 18, 2016 David Weinfeld rated it really liked it
Sharpe is one tough customer. He fights to win, no matter who or what gets in his way. Vengeance can be sweet.
David Hull
Jan 23, 2017 David Hull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now, with the first 3 of Bernard Cornwell's 'The Sharpe Novels' (in chronological order) completed - these being the trio of (fictional) Richard Sharpe's unforgettable adventures in India - I am a committed and confirmed follower of the Richard Sharpe series. This final installment, 'Sharpe's Fortress', culminates in the lengthy but extremely fast-paced frontline account, with all of the attendant gore, sacrifice and heroism colorfully, albeit fictionally, conveyed, of the fact-based siege, unde ...more
Nov 02, 2016 Janice rated it really liked it
I continue to be a little mystified as to why I enjoy this series so much. I enjoy historical fiction in general, but this isn't a time period / place that I'm normally interested in. But these are so well done, and seem to stay as close to "truth" as can be managed within the framework of a novel, giving a good sense of the time and place. And the awful, bloody, bloody work of siege warfare. I also like that the historical notes at the end are concise, while still letting you know what's not ac ...more
Jan 19, 2017 Alberto rated it really liked it
Cornwell has been a lucky finding. I really enjoyed the book and was feeling totally immersed in the story. Great writer.
Jan 23, 2017 Joe rated it really liked it
Completely engaging. I will finish this series this year.
Jan 09, 2017 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another rollicking ride through Indian and British naval history at the time of the Napoleanic wars, as we follow Wellington's early career via the intrepid Richard Sharpe and his impressive enemies. This is the first in this series I've read rather than absorbed audibly, and it was still great. Nice to finally find out how to spell place names and see them on a map too. Onward to Sharpe no. 4, Sharpes Trafalgar!
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
Kathy Davie
Oct 20, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Pablo Carmona
Oct 06, 2016 Pablo Carmona rated it liked it
Not the best Sharpe novel, but still good.
Blablabla Aleatório
Mar 17, 2013 Blablabla Aleatório rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nubia
“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
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
Peter Curd
Dec 09, 2016 Peter Curd rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
Recommended to Peter by: NaturalCon
This is last book of the introduction trilogy - written considerably after the first Sharpe book - and it was clearly written with the ending in mind (it of course can't change Sharpe's history, but only clarify it). That being said, as someone who didn't know what would happen (I haven't read the "later" books) it wasn't boring or predictable. Sharpe remains an enjoyable character, and the secondary characters are still believable and well rounded. Baddies are complex, mostly (with one notable ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
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
Jean Poulos
Nov 30, 2013 Jean Poulos rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
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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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 birth mother's maiden n ...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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