Sharpe's Skirmish: Richard Sharpe and the Defence of the Tormes, August 1812
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Sharpe's Skirmish: Richard Sharpe and the Defence of the Tormes, August 1812 (Sharpe #14.5)

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Bernard Cornwell. Sharpe's Skirmish. Richard Sharpe and the defense of the Tormes, August 1812. [Lowdham: Sharpe Appreciation Society, 2002]. Octavo. 63 pages

Richard Sharpe and the defence of the Tormes, August 1812
It is the summer of 1812 and Richard Sharpe, newly recovered from the wound he received in the fighting at Salamanca, is given an easy duty; to guard a Commissa...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Lowdham: Sharpe Appreciation Society (first published January 1st 1999)
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Ed
Dec 13, 2008 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is "doing" the "Richard Sharpe" series.
This short 64 page story was originally a promotional give-away with the purchase of "Sharpe's Fortress" at W.H. Smith book stores.

Evidently the original pamphlet was not very well written and created problems with book stores that weren't part of the promotion. Cornwell decided to re-write the story in 2002 and gave it to the Sharpe Appreciation Society to publish with proceeds going to both the Society and the Bernard and Judy Cornwell Foundation that provides scholarship assistance for young...more
Lauren Stoolfire
In order to recover from a wound Sharpe is given the relatively easy task of guarding a Commissary Officer at some obscure Spanish Fort where there are captured French muskets to repair. As it turns out the French are planning a raid and they figure that obscure Spanish fort will be lightly guarded. Sharpe's going to have a fight on his hands.

After watching a couple of the tv movies starring Sean Bean I've wanted to read the source material so when I found this at a library book sale I figured t...more
Phil
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Graham
This Sharpe outing is no biggie - but that's only because it's a short, 60-odd page effort originally written as a freebie before being later re-released on its own merits.

There aren't many Sharpe short stories out there, but I found the format holds up as well in brief form as it does in novel length. In essence, Sharpe finds himself in an isolated locale, up against overwhelming numbers of the French.

No prizes for guessing he manages to fight back in a rather splendid way.

Not much characterisa...more
David
Short story, set after the events of Sharpe's Sword and before Sharpe's Enemy, this is definitely a fast-paced read.

Recuperating from his wound received at Salamanca in the previous novel, Sharpe is given command of a border fort behind friendly lines while the French are in full retreat: a fort, of course, that certain French forces seem intent on capturing ...

As a short story, there's little in the way of characterization, but I think Sharpe has been around long enough now that that is not rea...more
Jim
May 08, 2011 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series
Set in the Summer of 1812 (I'll let you work out which books it comes between), this short story tells of Richard Sharpe doing what he often does: taking on staggering odds and succeeding.

If you haven't read any of the novels before I suggest you start with one such as Sharpe's Tiger, which is, currently, the first chronoligically or Sharpe's Rifles, where most of the main characters for the rest of the series are introduced.
R. August
Fun little romp, if not a little formulaic. Cornwell does a little too much building up his French enemies given that they always lose, and knowing that they will always lose tends not to lend credence to what he writes. Another super star who is unbeatable with the perfect plan? Not too worried since I've seen this play out in the same way for the past 10 books. Not that they aren't fun...
Kimberly Chapman
I love this character, but this has been the weakest so far in the series. It feels unfinished and poorly edited. Writing quirks I've noticed in other Cornwell books are more obvious here, suggesting that his editors usually smooth out those quirks but in this case, did not.

It's an amusing enough short read, but not on par with the other Sharpe novels.
Mike
This short story was originally written as a giveaway book sale enhancement for a bookstore. It has since been re-written as a standalone piece. It does not possess the situational or character development that is possible in a book, but if you are a Sharpe fan as I am, then it is a good read.
Rachael
Bernard Cornwell uses his usual blend of wit, excitement and immaculate historical detail to produce a fantastic and entertaining read.

Anyone who likes well-researched, well-written historical fiction MUST read Cornwell!

The only gripe I have is that it's very short.
Johnnie
Though a short story it was a very fun one. It was full of excitement and was hard to put down even for a break. Great lead up for the setting. I did read this out of order but it did not detract from the chronology since it was only a short story and just a skirmish.
Marko
Short work that Cornwell himself says that should never have been written for all the trouble it caused. The shortness makes it feel rushed and rather non-consequential but it is rather readable if you don't mind the price / page count quotient.
Oleg Bogatyrevich
A short story that is not easy to find in stores. Only a few thousand were printed. The events in the story are not significant to the overall story of the war, but still a nice read that connects Sharpe's Sword to Sharpe's Enemy.
Danzaiss
A short story, originally given away as a bonus for purchasing Sharpe's Fortress. Though it is shorter than the typical Sharpe story, it's a good read and will appeal to fans of the series.
Mr. Gutschenritter
Great short story. The Sharpe series is by far one of my favorite series of books.
Malcolm Burtt
Leaves you wanting more...as all good short stories should.
russell barnes
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Richard Mulholland
Good fun Sharpe short story.
Nathan
short booklet
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