Sharpe's Siege (Sharpe, #18)
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Sharpe's Siege (Sharpe #18)

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A classic Sharpe adventure: Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814. The invasion of France is under way, and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of Riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast. It is to be one of the most dangerous missions of his career. Through the incompetence o...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Michael
Once again Cornwell achieves a wonderful adventure focused on military action. This for me was perhaps the best of the six I’ve read from the 22 that feature Richard Sharpe, the brilliant and sardonic hero of a rifle brigade in Wellington’s forces during the Napoleanic Wars. In this, the 18th, it is 1814, and Wellington’s forces are bogged down in southeastern France. Sharpe, now a major, is tasked to accompany a naval captain and a peer officer with less than 200 army riflemen and marines to ca...more
Dawn
I have now completed eleven of the 21 books in this series.

This adventure has Sharpe off to help the Navy capture a French fort. It's supposedly lightly defended ramparts hold more trouble than Sharpe can possibly imagine (even if the reader knows) and with the help of Harper and some handy Americans, Share just may be able to outwit Ducos again.

Predictable, enjoyable and entertaining.

Marko
Another great Sharpe adventure from Cornwell. The plot is relatively generic: Sharpe winds up in trouble - once again - because of incompetent and greedy officers and he has to use his wits and bravery to get out of it. The end resolution does not come as a great surprise, but the journey to get there is exciting and well written.

It seems to me that the longer break I take between these books, the more I enjoy them. Cornwell's style and repetitive plotting is not as bothersome when you give your...more
Al
One of the best I've read in this series. Contains all the usual assets of Cornwell's writing--plotting, action, and historical detail--and avoids some of the unfortunate efforts of other books in the series to include a romantic element. In this book, Sharpe finds himself landed in France behind enemy lines with the task of taking a French fort; as usual, he has to contend with dangerous opponents, numerically superior enemy forces, treachery and more. Against these odds, can he be successful?...more
Bjoern
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Graham
I've just finished this book and as another reviewer noted, there's a certain sadness that comes with nearing the end - just three more novels after this one. Still, SIEGE is Cornwell's favourite Sharpe book and having just finished it, I can see why.

It's thoroughly exciting, superbly written and, while I can't pick a #1 in this exceptional series of books, it's definitely among the top five. Once Sharpe disembarks and begins his mission, it never lets up. The kind of book that hooks you and kee...more
Jeff Yoak
This was a mind-blowing addition to the series. It seems that it just keeps getting better and better toward the end.

We're well-accustomed to Sharpe's ingenuity, bravery and skill saving him and his men from difficult situations. This time, I really thought Cornwell had oversold it. In the siege from which the novel takes its name, Sharpe is outnumbered 2000 to 200. He's in a destroyed fort trying to save himself. His small group is desperately short of ammunition -- enough to fight for about 18...more
Rebecca
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Joyce Lagow
#18 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]Back with Wellington� s army, which is bogged down in southwest France, Sharpe is ordered on a mission, led by an ambitious captain of the Royal Navy, to capture a supposedly weakly-defended French coastal fort, cut Napoleon� s supply lines, and assist in inciting the residents of Bordeaux to rise against Napoleon.[return][return]Naturally, nothing works out as planned. After taking the fort, it is attacked by a heavy French force, and Sharpe is f...more
Mick
In a diversion from the main invasion of France, Sharpe's Siege has the protagonist Richard Sharpe taken from his beloved South Essex regiment and sent on a dangerous mission, to assist the navy in capturing a fortress on the French coast and weakening the enemy's supply lines by raiding their highways. A secondary mission, which he's having none of, is to march on Bordeaux and incite a monarchist rebellion against Bonaparte.

The mission is compromised from the very beginning, not only by the in...more
Dark-Draco
In the latest book, Sharpe has to go against his old enemy, Major Ducos, who still dreams of revenge on the Rifleman who broke his glasses. Sharpe is put under the command of Captain Bampfylde, a naval captain with dreams of glory but no real knowledge of how to get it. The joint navy/army force has to take a fort and then disrupt enemy movements on the coastal road. Sharpe does both, but traitors manage to convince Bampfylde that the action has failed and that he should leave. With only a few R...more
Ed
Aug 29, 2009 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction fans
I'm sad that I am reaching the end of the Richard Sharpe series - three volumes to go. Next to the Patrick O'Brian authored Aubrey/Maturin series this is the best set of stories covering the Napoleonic wars that I have read. It is also one of the best historical fiction series I've run across.

This story, taking place in 1814, details an incursion into France near Bordeaux, a joint venture between the British Army and the Royal Navy. After investing a fort guarding the approaches to the Bassin d'...more
Stephen
Napoleon may not realize it, but his wars are lost. The English have achieved total naval supremacy, and are free to raid the coasts of the imperial hexagon at their leisure. Richard Sharpe, whose sturdy Riflemen are in part responsible for l’Empereur’s imminent job loss, has been dispatched on one such raid. His orders are to capture a small but potentially bothersome fort, and possibly wander over to Bordeaux, where it is said the people are clamoring for the restoration of the Bourbons. Alas...more
Jim
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Luke
Catagory: a book that teaches you about another time in history (The characters and the seige never happened,but the equipment, location and everything else were fact- you can visit the fort!)
On with the review!
So basically, (view spoiler)
I read this book because my mum read it and said it...more
Peter Hall
This is another encounter between the Major Pierre Ducos and Sharpe, Sharpe's job is to sneak behind enemy lines and capture a small enemy fortress weaken their supply lines then retreat back across the sea. What he doesn't know is that Major Pierre Ducos is there with a battalion of french Soldiers and a general who keeps the scalps of his enemies. Sharpe get stranded in a fort that is stripped of all defenses and must hold out for as long as he can with the help of an American Privateer to esc...more
Nathan
Sharpe is marooned in a coastal French fort and comes face to face with an old foe. But he has new friends.

I'm a little baffled by this book. In it Sharpe makes mistakes, fails to see the obvious and is occasionally indecisive. Yet a couple of books earlier, in Sharpe's Enemy, in a similar situation, he is insightful, decisive and clever. What has changed? According to Cornwell, it is because Sharpe has got married. Well, he was married in Enemy as well. Go figure.

Wildly uneven, and not the best...more
Barbara Ghylin
I finished this Friday night before going to bed. A little more detail than I am used to, but still good read. I will continue to buy the Sharpe books a little at time just because I really enjoy the adventures of Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper.
Marcus
I have by now posted reviews for several books in this cycle and they all say the same thing. Perhaps it's because all books about Richard Sharpe are very, very similar. They are repetitive, formulaic and predictable. And yet, once you start reading one of them, you're immediately hooked.
This volume is no different from the rest, and if you've read any of its predecessors, you'll pretty much know how the plot will develop by the time you reach page 20 or 30. Not that it will matter, because by t...more
Phil
First Sharpe book I've read where he isn't quite bordering on superhero status during the siege of La Teste-de-Buch. Granted his mind was a little distracted with the thought of both Hogan and Jane on their deathbeds, but it definitely made him more human. However some clever heroics and payback for some goodwill allowed him to squeak out an escape. He dead get shot, but it was blocked by his whistle. Definitely one lucky guy! Once again I can't imagine surviving the conditions these guys endure...more
Simon Chadwick
Gripping, intense and you'll learn a bit of history on the journey.
Ernie
See Sharpe's Rifles
Rick Brindle
Again, and sorry to repeat other review, one of Cornwell's faves, and also one of mine. Another improbable mission that only Sharpe can succeed at, as he once again faces insurmountable odds. Facing a top French general and a bad guy who we all like, in the form of American privateer, Killick, Sharpe and Harper face the evil machinations of Ducos once again. There are the usual infernally stuck up British officers that Sharpe also has to contend with. Yes it's the same formala, but by thunder it...more
Neil
It's interesting coming back to read the books after watching the series so often. Whilst the heart of the story and many of the characters and incidents are common between the two, the central plot-line (the naval invasion of Bordeaux) is removed in the TV film and thats a shame as it is the best part. All in all I enjoyed the book but it never really reached a level of ... WHAM! that I was looking for, especially on some of the characterisation. Killick particularly fell flat for me.
Mellplex
Fun book for Napoleonic era buffs. It's like 007 in the the late 18th/ early 19th century. Military guy rises up the ranks, gets the women, kicks the French's butts. Easy and entertaining, and it's part of a 13-20 part series depending on how many of the books you choose to read.
Stuart
1814 already and this is one of the shorter novels. Sharpe in fact misses one of the major military manouvres as Wellington crosses the River Adour near the French border. As always, Sharpe is incredibly smart and brave in defending a captured Fench fort against overwhelming odds before escaping with an American privateer. Maps of the area are always useful in these books but a plan of the fort would have been a useful addition
John Reas
One of the best ones yet in the series. The British have a toehold in France in 1814 and Richard Sharpe leads a diversionary raid off the coast near Bordeaux. It's a great tale as he comes up against an unlikely ally in the form of an American privateer who is smuggling supplies into France. Cornwall once again does a magnificent job in bringing the history of the Napoleonic wars to life with the Sharpe series.
Kimberly Chapman
This wasn't my favourite Sharpe book. It had its moments and I liked the ongoing tension as Sharpe worried about Jane, but I thought the overall plot was on more flimsy footing than most of the other books. If Ducos is supposed to be such a brilliant adversary, he should have been better than he was in this story.

That being said, I still very much love this series and will read the rest.
Jansen Wee
Sharpe gets involved in an early example of combined ops, then realises that he is part of a deception, as well as misguided ambitions of senior officers (what's new, right?). Which lands him in a troubled situation, as well as the unwanted attention of his old enemy, Ducos. Fortunately, he has some of his usual fighting companions, and other new ones, around to keep him safe.
Jeffrey Lawson
Not bad as the the Sharpe Novel's go but not the best of the series. Story was okay; historical detail about weapons, tactics, and such was great; Sharpe's wife's character was flat.
Only really worth reading if you have been following Sharpe's career.

I actually listened to this one as an audio book. Made great mindless entertainment as I cleaned the house.
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