Sharpe en Trafalgar/ Sharpe's Trafalgar (Sharpe, #4)
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Sharpe en Trafalgar/ Sharpe's Trafalgar (Sharpe, #4) (Sharpe #4)

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A dazzling nautical adventure that finds Bernard Cornwell's beloved ensign Richard Sharpe in the middle of one of history's most spectacular naval engagements: the battle at Cape Trafalgar off the coast of Spain.

The year is 1805, and Richard Sharpe, having completed his tour in India (Sharpe's Tiger; Sharpe's Triumph; Sharpe's Fortress), is headed back to England, where he

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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published 2005 by Edhasa (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jim
The actual battle is just the last bit of the book, which is fine. Sharpe has to take a ship back to England & Cromwell paints a logical picture of why Sharpe, an army soldier, would wind up in this battle. He admits he had no real business there, but it works well & gave me a visceral picture of life on board the ships of the time as well as covering this pivotal battle of the era.

Life on a ship of this time was rough. Sharpe, as an ensign, is in the perfect position to show us all aspe...more
Jason Koivu
Seems as if Bernard Cornwell was itching to tackle this most epic of all British naval battles and to do so he manufactured his hero Richard Sharpe into the action. Contrived as it may be, Sharpe's Trafalgar is one of Cornwell's better efforts writing-wise. Perhaps because he was on unfamiliar ground (the sea), he was probably taking extra care in crafting this book, whereas some volumes in his Sharpe series tend to seem rushed, recycled or carelessly rendered. That's not to say they're not enjo...more
Nate
I think Aqua-Sharpe! would have been a cooler title, but this was still good fun. This is an obvious departure for the series, and one I was kinda skeptical about but Cornwell just knows how to spin a well-paced story. I really have little to no interest in naval stuff but I kept turning the pages so it's all a credit to his ease with storytelling. I mean, the plot alone sounds really terribly boring: it's basically about Sharpe's boat ride to England during which he becomes involved in Trafalga...more
Kate Sherrod
OK, I'll admit, I've been putting off reading this one just because the very idea of it seemed ludicrous and forced to me. As has been very firmly established, our man Richard Sharpe is a daring, lucky and resourceful infantry officer. Infantry. The guy can barely ride a horse, but he's the devil in a red coat on foot. But see, Trafalgar was a naval battle. As in between ships. Admiral Nelson. Sailing maneuvers (or lack thereof: just go right at 'em). Ramming. Boarding parties. Being on the wate...more
Susan
OK, I give up. Listened to 6 discs and for the most part found myself not anxious to keep listening. Some of the story was interesting, and I appreciate the historical details the author presented, but I just couldn't muster enough interest to finish it. I really enjoy the Sharpe televised stories but I think that will be as far as my interest in the Sharpe world go.

One funny thing - Richard meets up with a Captain Chase...who has blonde hair and enjoys coffee. In another universe, his name migh...more
Brad
I had a cracking time reading Sharpe's Trafalgar. Not quite as polished as the works of Patrick O'Brian, Bernard Cornwell's naval Sharpe adventure still managed to be exciting, suspenseful and fun.

And if you are to read the Sharpe books in chronological order, Sharpe's Trafalgar marks the moment when Sharpe can be seen as nothing other than anti-hero bastard extraordinaire. He is a murderer, pure and simple, and we can't help loving him for it and pulling for him all the way.
John Caviglia
As I recently read Pérez Reverte’s Cabo Trafalgar—then, to check on the historicity of Reverte’s presentation of the battle from the Spanish point of view, delved intoThe Trafalgar Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Sea Battle and the Life of Admiral Lord Nelson—this is the first of the Sharpe's based on a battle I know something about … which leads to a suite of observations.

Considering the two novels as vehicles for presenting history, Pérez Reverte gets the definite nod, s...more
Ensiform
On his way home to England, Sharpe sails with one Captain Peculiar Cromwell, and meets up with his old cordial enemy, Pohlmann. He also begins an affair with the wife of the cold and haughty Lord Hale. But Cromwell and Pohlmann have sold the ship to the French, and when Sharpe and the crew are rescued by Captain Chase, the hunt is on, which leads them to meet Nelson and fight in the Battle of Trafalgar.

This is another very good entry in the series, though I must say I don’t care for nautical fic...more
Kathy Davie
First read: 2 Sept 2008. Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history.

Fourth in the Richard Sharpe series set in 1805 and revolving around a jumped-up ensign who thinks he's better than he is.


My Take
I do so love Richard Sharpe! Okay, okay, so I fell in love with Sean Bean in the television series first, but it only turned me on to Cornwell's series! I swear! The series is an incredible exploration of early 19th century English culture with its mores, style, and class system particul...more
Mike
Cornwell, in his Historical Note, claims that "Sharpe had no business being at Trafalgar"- but I'm so glad he was! Cornwell evokes the thunder, smoke, and blood of a battle at sea as expertly as he portrays the clashes of huge armies on land. Sharpe is, as usual, right in the thick of things: even chatting with Lord Nelson before the battle. Although only the fourth tale, chronologically, in Sharpe's saga, this one wasn't published until 2001, shortly after the death of Patrick O'Brian. I assume...more
Phil
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Graham
Following on from the excellent Indian trilogy, Sharpe’s fourth adventure is as thrilling and exciting as they come. Cornwell combines his love for the early 19th century period with his love for ships and seafaring, and the result is a book packed with suspense, intrigue and danger.

Sharpe is certainly out of his element at sea, but he fits in nicely with the plot, and Cornwell’s wrangling allows him to partake in the great British victory at Trafalgar – he even gets to meet Nelson before the g...more
Eric_W
Normally, I would like to read series in order, but in Cornwell' very popular Sharpe series, he is writing them out of chronological sequence, so that' impossible. This one takes place fourth sequentially, but is the most recent of seventeen to be published. Cornwell is prolific and a master storyteller.

The story opens with Sharpe in India, having been there several years but now about to return to England having joined up with the 95th Rifles. He' an ensign, a low ranking officer promoted out...more
Joyce Lagow
In 1805, Ensign Richard Sharpe is on his way back to England from India on board an East India Company fast merchant ship, the Calliope. Thanks to treachery, the ship is taken by a French warship, the Revenant. The captain of the Calliope joins the French cause--along with Sharpe's precious hoard of jewels. The Calliope is soon recaptured by the Pucelle, a 74 gun warship commanded by Captain Joel Chase of the Royal Navy, whom Sharpe rescued and befriended before leaving India. Because they belie...more
Mick
On 21st October, 1805, a great British fleet commanded by Lord Horatio Nelson prepares to attack the combined French and Spanish navies off the coast of Cadiz. The coming battle will decide the fate of Europe, and Captain Joel Chase and the crew of the 74-gun HMS Pucelle will be there to see it. As will their passenger, Ensign Richard Sharpe.

It is, as Bernard Cornwell notes in his afterword, utterly absurd that Sharpe, a landlubber through and through, should be at Trafalgar that day. However,...more
Baseni
"Mister Richard Sharp begibt sich in Bombay an Bord eines Schiffes der Ostindischen Kompanie. Sein Ziel ist England und der Dienstantritt bei dem 95th Rifles Regiment. Er ist aber im Zweifel, ob es richtige Soldaten sind, da sie grün statt rot tragen. Zuvor muß aber das Abenteuer der Überfahrt bewältigt werden. Durch einen Zwischenfall kurz vor der Abreise entsteht eine Freundschaft zu einem britischen Marineoffizier. Diese wird sich im Laufe des Romans noch vertiefen. Verrat, Kaperung, Rückerob...more
Chris
This is the first Sharpe novel that, I think, falls below the level of quality seen in the beginning. (view spoiler)

T...more
Matimate
Richard Sharp is THE MAN, you would love but not want except for the illicit liaison. The drooling is not point of the review after all. Ensign Richard Sharpe was returning from the India back to England on the Eastindiaman Calliope. The trip could be very boring and that was what troubled poor soldier,however he was painfully wrong. He was stuck in the naval action more than he wanted. The treacherous captain of the ship was just classical plot device as well as the brave and honourable captain...more
Siria
This was the first of the Sharpe books that I've read. I picked it up largely because of the nautical theme, being fond of what I've seen of the Sharpe TV movies, though not overly enamoured.

I enjoyed it, for the most part. It's like an extended Boy's Own adventure, set on a ship full of men being manly bastards and the French being perfidious. The plotline wasn't much to write home about, frankly; apart from the opening sequence, and the climactic battle of Trafalgar, I thought the whole thing...more
Rick Brindle
Who cares if Sharpe was supposed to be there or not, it's fiction! And rather jolly good fiction it is as well. As most of the action is stuck aboard a ship, this novel lacks the range of the usual Sharpe's but it's still a great read. Trafalgar is a great way to allow for another story that also includes how Sharpe came from India to Europe. He's still a long way from meeting Harper and this is his first tangle with the dastardly French, apart of course from Mallavelly, which hasn't been put to...more
Dawn
I picked this as the second book in the series to read, more from convenience than any other reason and though it started slow, thus earning it a 3 and not a 4 star, the rest of the book made up for it.
The book starts with Sharpe leaving India to join the green coated Rifleman, I found it funny that in this book he complains about having to switch his red for a green coat when I already know that he keeps his green at a later date out of pride. The majority of the book takes place at sea with a...more
russell barnes
Only two men ever fought at both the Battle of Trafalgar and The Battle of Waterloo. One was a Spanish Gentleman who originally commanded a frigate against Nelson, before going on to be a trusted advisor to the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo; he later fought with Cortes in the Spanish rebellion of 1820 and in time became the Ambassador in England and was introduced to Coutts bank by the Iron Duke himself.

The other man shagged his way across the Atlantic, whoring it up with high-born wife of a B...more
Steve Dwyer
I am a complete sucker for the Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell. At last count there are twenty books spanning the main character’s British army career from 1799 to 1821. This was a fascinating time populated with larger than life people, most, but not all of them, men. The main heavyweights of course are Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington and they appear here and there in the series. The main subjects of the narrative however are the common soldier, the British officer class, and an a...more
Les
Sharpe is sailing from India back to Britain to join his new unit. The boat he's on, the Calliope, is betrayed by its captain with the aid of Pohlmann, an enemy general whom Sharpe let escape, and is captured by the French. The captured ship is taken back by the British again with Sharpe's help and he becomes a temporary marine at the request of a friend he made in India, Captain Chase. Captain Chase is chasing after the French vessel which captured the Calliope and his shipped is pressed into t...more
Jennifer
The Sharpe series continues to be a fun and adventurous read, even when Cromwell stretches history a bit to get Sharpe involved in Trafalgar (he cops to it freely in the always-interesting Author's Note at the end). Seeing Sharpe out of his element--rather literally, on sea rather than land--is interesting, and Lady Grace is a fascinating character with more depth than she appears to have at first.
Tracy
I haven't been reviewing the Sharpe books as I go simply because I'm plowing through them.

They're great. I've been alternating them with Horatio Hornblower books and it's just like some kind of 19th century military overdose. I can't get enough.

I particularly enjoyed this one. As Cornwell puts in his after notes, Sharpe really had no business being at Trafalgar and it's a fantastic idea, but it's a damn good read. The most exciting of all of them.

I'm biased in this review because of the naval s...more
Dark-Draco
Another fantastic adventure, although a bit of a random one. As the author puts in his notes, Sharpe really has no right being in the battle of Trafalgar, but the story does kind of work. Sailing back home to join the rifles, Sharpe finds himself serving under a captain who is willing to sell himself out to the French. He is also distracted by the beautiful, but aloof, Lady Hale, who has a few secrets to hide as well. Without his famous jewels, Sharpe faces an uncomfortable time as a prisoner on...more
Alex Telander
The year is 1805 and Sharpe is currently on a voyage back from India to his beloved homeland, England. But of course, the voyage is not as smooth and sweet as English tea: treachery lurks ahead. It is one of England’s many enemies, in the form of a French warship called the Ravenant, which has been terrorizing the British in the Indian Ocean. Yet, the Ravenant possesses a treasure that could very well reignite the war between Indian and Britain. Sharpe is then captured by the French residing in...more
C. Patrick
"It was not like a land battle where the cavalry could pound across the field to leave a plume of dust and horse artillery slewed about in a spray of earth. This battle was taking place at a lethargic speed and there was a strange contrast between the stately slow beauty of the full-rigged ships and the noise of their guns. They went to their deaths so gracefully..."

This outing in the Richard Sharpe series has the same leisurely pace as Nelson's fleet sailing into the French and Spanish line, bu...more
Caro
Such a good read! Since Sharpe is a soldier and knows nothing about ships, the reader learns (just exactly enough) along with him. Cornwell paces the battle perfectly - the ships move slowly, but when the weapons fire, it's fast and bloody. The romance is nicely done, too.
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