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Sharpe's Fortress (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  9,026 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
"The greatest writer of historical adventures today."
Washington Post

Critically acclaimed, perennial New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell (Agincourt, The Fort, the Saxon Tales) makes real history come alive in his breathtaking historical fiction. Praised as "the direct heir to Patrick O'Brian" (Agincourt, The Fort), Cornwell has brilliantly captured the fury
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 24th 2000 by Harper (first published 1999)
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Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical novel is the third in the series about Ensign Richard Sharpe, a soldier in the British army. The story takes place in India in 1803. Sharpe is a good, strong soldier, a decent human being. Unfortunately, he encounters people who are not so decent.

The book is fast-paced, detailed, and give a great feeling about what it was like to be in the army two hundred years ago. It was hard, dirty, painful, hot, and sometimes lonely. Sharpe recently became an officer, but was never really a
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number three in the Sharpe series.
Sharpe, now Ensign Sharpe, is back conquering India for General Wellesley, again.
This time The Fortress of Gawilghur is in his sights. The Fortress of Gawilghur is generally believed, by the Indians, to be impregnable. But if the British are to be successful in their attempt to conquer India Gawilghur must be taken.
Being promoted to Ensign is what Sharpe has been dreaming of. The reality is proving to be very different. He is trapped in no man's land. He has los
Tim The Enchanter
A Masterfully Executed 5 Stars

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After being disappointed by the previous book in the series, Sharpe's Fortress does not leave you wanting. While it's predecessor fails to provide sufficient detail of a famous battle, this novels lets you live the pain, drama and excitement of what has been called by some as a mere footnote to history. If you read Sharpe's Triumph and considered putting the series aside, please read this one before making your final decision.

This book receiv
I liked the PBS series & found the books very enjoyable, but as an audio book, it really shined. Cornwell's historical afterwords, which set straight any inaccuracies, are wonderful, too. But take my star rating with a grain of salt. I didn't find this book quite as good as the others I've read, just liked it in this format better.

The story suffered from quite a bit of repetition at times. For instance, the area they assaulted must have been described half a dozen times until it not only bo
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
I didn't think I'd much care for a battle story but it was more than just that and held my attention throughout. Also, Gawilghur was a battle in the Maratha Wars that I didn't really know anything about so it gave me an insight into that as well. One oddity was the references to Tipu Sultan as 'the Tippoo' in a couple of instances since as far as I know his name (not his title) was Tipu!
John Caviglia
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I have been devouring a Sharpe a week, it is perhaps time to comment, for after this third volume the hero of the series is at last leaving India….

I must admit to being somewhat disappointed in Cornwall at first, but largely—on reflection—because he is not Patrick O’Brian … and I can hardly fault him for what he shares with the rest of the human race. O’Brianian expectations as to prose and scope set aside, Cornwall writes taut and tightly plotted novels, rich in necessary historical detail,
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: napoleonic-wars
More reliably fun Sharpe stuff, this one concludes the trilogy of Sharpe's adventures in India with Sharpe confronting the seemingly unassailable fort of Gawilghur. Of course, the "impenetrable fortress" is a fun and familiar Cornwell plot element (I think my first one was Dunholm from Lords of the North) and you can be sure Sharpie doesn't mill about outside the walls kicking the dirt for 300 pages, although he still doesn't make enough puns on his own surname enough for me. Thusly this book fo ...more
Metodi Markov
Шарп е постигнал мечтата си - вече е офицер, макар и с най-ниския възможен чин. Това е изключително рядко за британската армия събитие, човек от долните чинове да достигне такова ниво във военната йерархия.

Естествено, това му носи само неприятности, другите офицери го търпят, но го презират и не го приемат в своя кръг. Същото е положението със сержанта и войниците от шотландския полк към който е зачислен.

Кампанията на Уелингтън в Индия продължава и следва още една негова победа над войските на М
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Perhaps my four stars is because I just finished and hated The Amber Spyglass, elevating Sharpe's Fortress to something greater than it was, but I think it is a lot more likely that I am just a fan of a good old-fashioned yarn full of action, one ethically complicated character and one truly nasty and imbalanced villain. Sharpe's Fortress has all that and Bernard Cornwell's muscular prose to boot.

Now I don't want to go all gooey over Cornwell's Sharpe series, it is nowhere near the quality of O
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical, war
The third book in the series, a direct sequel to Sharpe's Triumph. Still in India (1803), Sharpe takes part in the brief battle of Argaum before performing a heroic pivotal role in the siege of the supposedly impregnable fort at Gawilghur. Sharpe is still in pursuit of the traitor Dodd, but his old enemy Hakesswill is on Sharpe’s trail, so treachery is everywhere.

This is very fine historical fiction. Cornwell knows how to recreate the past; every character, no matter how brief his stay will turn
Carol Storm
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you ever get the chance to rent or buy SHARPE'S CHALLENGE on DVD, by all means take it! The story is a combination of all the adventures from SHARPE'S TIGER, SHARPE'S TRIUMPH, and SHARPE'S FORTRESS, plus they throw in a lot more romance and more interesting female characters who aren't in any of the novels.

Unfortunately, this last volume (FORTRESS) is probably the least interesting of the three India books. It's not that there's anything wrong with it, it's just that the ending is rather ant
Kate Sherrod
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nancy Ellis
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of Cornwell's books, but I think the Sharpe series is his masterpiece. He has a gift for bringing to life historical events that are so far removed from our reality today that in any other setting they could potentially be labeled as irrelevant. His fictional characters are amazing, and he breathes life into the historical figures. I also appreciate his Historical Notes at the end of each book, where he clarifies exactly how he manipulated the story to make Sharpe the hero and tells t ...more
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers
Third in the "India Trilogy," it has some of the most graphic battle scenes I've ever read. Sharpe continues his charmed life as he struggles with dissension in the ranks, arrogant and incompetent fellow officers and "gentlemen."

One of my favorite villains, Sgt. Hakeswell, continues to bedevil Sharpe but Sharpe, as always, overcomes all because he is first and foremost, a "soldier."

Fun reading unless you are put off by bloodshed.
Rohit Nair
I liked the book. It describes the conquest on Gwalior fort. Its interesting to see Richard's reaction to various instances that occur in his life and war. Being an Indian there are a few things that i figured that the author got wrong, apart from that the story was interesting. A good historical war fiction! If you are interested in War novels, you should read this one.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, war
Once I got about 30 pages in the pace began to pick up. Have a soft spot for Sharpe, though it's probably more to do with the huge crush I have on Sean Bean. Do like the gruff northern accent.
As for the book, lots of action with our hero still after Dodd.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Oh, Sharpe, how do you manage to triumph over such terrible odds every time? Cannot wait to start the next one.
Vinothraj J
This review of Sharpe #3 would be similar to mine of Sharpe #2.
Decent pace, military strategy, peripheral sub-plots.
I had to skim a bit through the ending fight-scene.
David Weinfeld
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharpe is one tough customer. He fights to win, no matter who or what gets in his way. Vengeance can be sweet.
Riley Feldmann
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After completing the third book (chronologically speaking) in Bernard Cornwell’s “Sharpe” series, I think I’ve finally discovered what it is that keeps me interested in these works: Cornwell has a gift for creating characters with depth in a matter of a few sentences. Each figure, from the protagonist Richard Sharpe down to some passer-by cavalry sergeant, feels real and believable in their own way. No one is perfect, no one is totally cruel (though a certain character or two fits this profile), ...more
This is the third of Bernard Cornwall's "Sharpe" series, the third and last one to take place in India. Thanks to his defense of General Sir Arthur Wellesley when the general lost his horse and was attacked by a large group of enemy soldiers, Sharpe has been promoted to Ensign and assigned to one of the Scottish brigades in the army. However, he quickly learns that officers promoted up from the ranks are not welcomed by other officers who have purchased their commissions nor or they accepted rea ...more
2.75 stars

I am a big fan of Cornwell's writing for some good, rompy historical-fiction fun. However, the third novel in the Sharpe series (chronologically) is weaker than I'm used to from Cornwell. While still enjoyable and serving the purpose I selected it for (some give-me-a-break-and-let-me-have-some-fun reading), it didn't quite deliver in the thing I find Cornwell most interesting for: complete control of the battlefield and taking the reader along with him.

Sharpe is not a 'nice' character,
You know, I really like these books. I am fascinated by history and especially the history of war. The Sharpe series never disappoints in its accuracy and attention to detail. Cornwall's hero is realistic, lovable but flawed.
I have read the two previous books in the series and though I really enjoyed them, I found that I sometimes got bogged down in all the technical details. I did not have that reaction to this book. I kept reading at a furious pace, and finished much more quickly than I antic
Brian V
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Never has a character so vile, so evil, so putrid ever been put onto page as that of Obadiah Hakeswill. If not for his elements to the story, I probably would have finished this book in hours vs the few days it did take, as there were times where I simply had to put the book down and walk away.

Once again, like the other two books in the Sharpe's India series, it was a great read focused on a particular series of battles and gave a great insight into what warfare during that time would have been
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to be a little mystified as to why I enjoy this series so much. I enjoy historical fiction in general, but this isn't a time period / place that I'm normally interested in. But these are so well done, and seem to stay as close to "truth" as can be managed within the framework of a novel, giving a good sense of the time and place. And the awful, bloody, bloody work of siege warfare. I also like that the historical notes at the end are concise, while still letting you know what's not ac ...more
Hollie Beg
I think I’m done with the Sharpe series. 99% of the characters are white men; men of color are almost always The Enemy; women are treated not only as lesser beings but as actual loot. And while
Sharpe himself has been flawed but likeable in the previous books, he ceases to be likeable in this one, and not even Sean Bean can save him. I think I’m done.
Jason , etc.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great chapter in the Sharpe's series. It isn't just Cornwell's ability to tell an exceptionally good story; it's also that Sharpe's more heroic exploits continue to be based on historical reality (i.e., a Scottish Captain from the 94th Regiment), making these books the best kind of historical fiction.
Billy Roper
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My only regret, as with all of Cornwell's books I read, is that I didn't start with the first in the series, but I'll read the rest of them, now. His research makes history come alive and reminds his readers that people have always been people, then and now. I learned more about pre-Napoleonic War colonial India from this book than I did in grad school, and enjoyed it more, too.
Carolyn R.   Bradley
The main character was interesting and brought to life but there was far too much blood and gore and description of battles became a little tedious at times. I found myself turning over pages of detail so as to get back to the storyline.
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