Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe #5)
The year is 1807, and Richard Sharpe is back in England, where his career seems to have come to a dead end, despite his heroics in Britain's recent victory at Trafalgar. Loveless, destitute, and relegated to the menial tasks of quartermaster, Sharpe roams the streets of London, pondering a bleak future away from the army....more
I don't know what Bernard Cornwell was thinking with that last book in the Sharpe series (#4, Sharpe's Trafalgar)...Well okay, I do know. He wanted to write a book about one of Britain's most famous battles ever, Nelson's victory at Trafalgar. Problem is, it was a naval victory and Cornwell's Napoleonic War hero Sharpe is in the army. So the author plopped his characte ...more
My admiration for the stories is grounded in the bold statement stamped on the back cover of each book I have read: "Meet Richard Sharpe, a great British hero."
Sharpe is a murderous, thieving, brutish, self-pitying thug, but he's a thug with a brain and a strict eth ...more
As Sharpe's Prey opens, though, Europe, or at least England, has not exactly welcomed our man with open arms -- even though he ...more
The book was grittier than the movies were, but very well written. Sharpe isn't the nicest guy, but when you find out where he came from & what he's put up with, he's a good m ...more
Again, Cornwell teaches in depth history painlessly. His powerful stories are so tightly woven into historical events that they spring from them and move them forward rather than just using a historical setting as background. This is about an embarrassingly inglorious moment in Britain's history when Copenhagen becomes the victim of the conflict between England and France, like an innocent trapped between two schoolyard bullies. Richard Sharpe finds himself once again critical to the action, tr ...more
Perhaps I'm alone in this, but I dislike this book quite a bit. Probably my least favorite Sharpe novel. Bits of it are great, sure. I especially enjoyed the trip into Sharpe's past, with him going back home to the seedy parts of London.
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I found the deus ex machina of Lady Grace's death, and the loss of Sharpe's money, to be ridiculous. I know we have to zero out Sharpe before Sharpe's Rifles, but man. It's just so... bleh. Hacky. And I dislike the cloak-and-dagge ...more
Sharpe ends up on a secret mission to Denmark to convince the prince (with a ch ...more
There's a particularly swarmy bad guy with his appropriate henchman and a damsel in distress. Looking forward to Sharpe's adventures in the Napoleonic wars.
- Sharpe's Trafalgar (2000).
Richard Sharpe and the expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 - ...more
This book has all the usual traits of a Sharpe book. He manages to play a minor but pivotal role in an actual historic event. As with all the books, the actual events are mostly factual and Cornwell obviously does a lot of research for each of these books. If your not highly versed in British Military History, there is quite a lot to be learnt while reading. Like the others, an authors Historical Note at the end so ...more
Cornwall follows his usual Sharpe formula: lots of violent action, intrigue, Sharpe's attractive influence on a woman, the portrayal of haughty superiors, the practicalit ...more
I wasn't familiar with the bombing in Copenhagen. Having been there before, I could identify most of the places mentioned in the story and have a picture in my mind of an older version of them being destroy ...more
A peek at the diplomatic and cutthroat maneuvering employed behind the scenes before overt war breaks out between Britain and France. Talk about nasty! The Treaty of Tilsit signed between Russia and France contained a secret clause that gave the Danish navy to the French. The fact that Russia had no rights to it was beside the point. And the Fr ...more
The battle scenes, as always with BC, are wonderfully detailed and ...more
Of Cornwall's lead characters I always thought of Sharpe as the mos ...more
In this, Sharpe has finally returned home to England after the events of Sharpe's Trafalgar, but tragedy has struck and he has lost both Lady Grace Hale, his unborn child and his home. Thinking of deserting the army, he visits (and terrorises!) old haunts, setting in motion a chain of events that leads to h ...more