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Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
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Jun 02, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction, bernard-cornwell
Read from May 01 to June 01, 2010

Sharpe learns to be a officer. He has up to this point been bitter with the Rifles and they have not respected his love for and knowledge of battle. Totally by accident he becomes the ranking officer stuck behind enemy lines in Northern Spain. Seperated from the resst of the army, Sharpe and his remaining 50 rifles try to make it through to the British garrison in Lisbon. Along the way Sharpe decides to join forces with a Spanish Major in his struggle to provide hope for Spain against Napolean's forces.

I am always in awe of the battles that Bernard Cornwell writes. He has an amazing ability to transport you into the action and surround you with the smells and sounds of the fight. But on top of all of that he moves the story and deepens the character of Richard Sharpe. He still has a long way to go to Waterloo and beyond and I am looking forward to continuing the journey.

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