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Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell
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Feb 05, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction, historical, war
Read in November, 2004

Sharpe is ordered on a secret mission to protect an operative sent to offer the Danish king a bribe so that England can possess her fleet. When the operative proves to be a turncoat (as, so far, all the villains in this series have been), Sharpe stays on in an unknown land, bent on revenge.

A solid, if not outstanding, addition to the series. There’s the usual meticulous historical detail of weaponry, class, and war (even if Cornwell leans more toward credulity-straining action and coincidence than stultifying reality at times, which is fine; it’s a novel, after all). And I certainly got my wish; as opposed to the previous book, here Sharpe’s allies are as conniving and ruthless as the villains, who are in turn somewhat likeable, for torturous traitors. This, of course, begs the question: did I really want to see a blood-crazed Sharpe kill a charming rogue pleading for his life?

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