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Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
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Dec 22, 2008

it was amazing
Read in December, 2008

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Sharpe's Rifles is the story of soldier Richard Sharpe. War stories, full as they are of blood and guts, are not exactly my cup of tea. But Sharpe's Rifles is also a rousing adventure story, with plot twists that take you straight to the end, loads of descriptions, and even a bit of romance. Highly researched, the book is chock-full of historical detail, which I love, since it puts you right into the period.

But the best part is the self-doubting Sharpe, soldier extraordinaire, and a man who's pulled himself up by his bootstraps at a time it was almost impossible to do so. Although a hardened soldier, Sharpe is also very appealing. Promoted from the ranks, he questions his ability to function as an officer, but he never lets his doubts interfere with his job, although he is tempted to let them.

Sharpe's Rifles is part of a series, so I have a lot more books to read to find out what happens to him.
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