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Sharpe's Battle by Bernard Cornwell
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Jan 30, 2010

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bookshelves: audio-collection, read-in-2009
Read from December 22 to 30, 2009 , read count: 1

This is a solid continuation of the Sharpe story. It's a particularly bloody part of the war in which Sharpe must train and lead a group of Spanish Royal guardsmen, toy soldiers more fit for parade and ceremony than for actual battle. The leadership of the army set it up to fail in attempt to get rid of the unit, but Sharpe whips them into shape and ends up taking on a particular brutal group of French.

One of the things that stands out about this particular novel is the increasing effectiveness of Sharpe as a leader. Born in the gutters and starting out in the ranks of the British army, but this novel he's a brevet captain and leadership has started to come naturally and easy. There a lot to be learned about real leadership from Sharpe and the contrast to many others of the novels' characters.

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