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Sharpe's Escape by Bernard Cornwell
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Jun 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, reviewed
Recommended for: Historical Fiction Readers
Read in June, 2008

Richard is back in the saddle again in this, the tenth book chronologically, in the series. After the disappointing "Sharpe's Gold", "Sharpe's Escape" is back in the groove.

The usual villains: arrogant British officers, untrustworthy allies, and evil French soldiers are all here as are the usual heroes and heroines: Jorge, the trustworthy Portuguese officer, Sarah, the virginal Brit, Joana, the victimized local girl and of course, Harper, Sharpe's Irish Sergeant sidekick.

The book actually covers two actions in the Peninsular War, the Battle of Bussaco and the French assault on the fortified lines of Torres Vedras.

The description of the Bussaco battle is as exciting and well done as any fictional account of a battle I've ever read. The rest of the story is suspenseful, action-filled and fun to read.

I also appreciate the Historical Notes Cornwell adds at the end of this and all the other books in the Sharpe Series. It helps put his fictional accounts in proper perspective, provides a peek into his research, and generally lends credibility to each story.

On to "Sharpe's Battle".

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