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Sharpe's Triumph

(The Sharpe Series #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  11,218 ratings  ·  339 reviews
Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803

India, 1803. Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery by an English officer who has defected from the East India Company to join the mercenary army of the Mahratta Confederation. In the hunt for the renegade Englishman, penetrates deep into the enemy's territory where he faces temptations more sub
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 1998)
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Jason Koivu
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A few years back I read most of Bernard Cornwell's action-packed serial adventure series on the Napoleonic Wars. I read through to what felt like a fairly satisfactory end and then I quit for a few years. Recently I noticed I still had about a half dozen books to go, and so when I came across Sharpe's Triumph, the second book in the series and the first I hadn't read yet, I figured it was time to get reacquainted with an old friend. It's so good to be back with Ol' Sharpie!

Richard Sharpe was an
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book set in a place you've never been but want to visit.

I love this series of books. I love the characters, the action, the adventure. They are so much fun. This is the second installment of Cornwell's India trilogy, and takes place 4 years after Sharpe's Tiger leaves off. Dick Sharpe has become a sergeant in the King's army and he's been laying low, kinda quietly living off the wealth he acquired when he killed the Tipoo Sultan of Seringpatam. When an officer of the East India Company g
Tim The Enchanter
3.5 Stars

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In chronological order, Sharpe's Triumph, is the second book of the Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe" series. This volume was written as part of prequels written about the Main Character, Richard Sharpe.

Plot summary

Sharpe has now been promoted to sergeant and been reassigned to a battalion of the East India Company. While on a mission to buy stolen ammunition, he witnesses the mass murder of soldiers and civilians alike. He is tasked by Colonel McCandless, his prison m
Review of the audiobook narrated by Frederick Davidson.

Sharpe's Triumph is lacking in what made me love the first book so much. The plot structure, which worked so well in Sharpe's Tiger, already seems formulaic. Tipu Sultan was such a great character in the last book and here there is no compelling antagonist. The battle sequences, which Cornwell is typically great at, are too long and drawn out to be exciting. Even if there is some entertainment to be had, this all adds up to a big disappointm
This is what I expect from Bernard Cornwell: detailed battles and great characterizations. Once again, he makes history come alive. My mind does drift some during the battles, and that's why audio works very well with this stuff, helping me to "skim", sorta. Plus, the narrator, William Gaminara, nails the characters with his voices.

Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sgt. Sharpe is at it again. This time he is accompanying Gen. Wellesley in taking on the Mahratta horde during 1803. It is the retelling of the Battle of Assaye in September of that year.

Sharpe goes on a mission to hunt down a rogue British Officer who has become a mercenary. At the same time Sgt. Hakeswill is still trying to take out Sharpe and has a warrant for Sharpe's arrest. These are the two main plot points. On the first- it is very well done. The Battle of Assaye (where Gen Wellesley did
Meh. Sharpe came across as rather a whiny git in this one, where there was no real plot to speak of and interminable battle scenes which lead up to a denouement that had been telegraphed from the start. I'm glad I only look for mindless entertainment in these books; unfortunately this one was a great deal more of the mindless than the entertainment.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book two in the Sharpe series.
This another ripping yarn from the pen of Bernard Cornwell.
Once again Richard Sharpe, no longer private but newly promoted to Sergeant, finds himself up to his neck in it with his mineses Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill. In Sharpe's Tiger Sharpe finds himself in the possession of some of the Tippoo of Mysore fabulous wealth. Although Sharpe keeps this a secret Hackeswell knows that Sharpe has the treasure and sets a plan to take the treasure for himself. Sharpe needs all
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another great Sharpe novel. Again, the fictional aspect was fairly small & explained at the end by the author. The hardships the armies & their trains had to endure was amazing. Poor food, horrible medical conditions & constant betrayal were all just facts of life.

One thing did bother me about the ending - really bothered me. (view spoiler)
Dec 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it had to happen. I finally found a book by my favourite author that is everything I find tedious about a lot of other authors.

It was Cornwell's 'Warrior Chronicles', tales of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, which reanimated my inner bookworm and sold me on historical fiction to begin with. Of all the Cornwell series I've read so far, the Sharpe series has proven to be the most wooden, labourious and tedium inducing.
The almost blinkered mechanical focus on the military logistics and battle details f
Metodi Markov
Дето се вика, историята тепърва ще набира скорост, но и в тази книга се случват много интересни неща.

Шарп е баснословно богат и макар да не може да го афишира, започва да си мисли, че ще е добре да стане някак си офицер и по този начин да се отърве от трудностите съпътстващи живота на ниските рангове в британската армия. Има само два начина да го постигне - да си купи чин или да бъде повишен за показана безпрецедентна храброст на бойното поле. Първата опция не е възможна и така му остава само вт
Maria Kramer
Well, I guess you can't hit them out of the park all the time.

This was a lot more uneven than Sharpe's Tiger, which I found compelling all the way through. Parts of the story just fell flat. For example:

*I'm detecting a formula at work here. Sharpe is on a suicidal mission, gets threatened by false accusations from Sgt. Hakeswill, gets the girl, loses the girl, does something heroic and gets commended, throws Hakeswill to almost-certain death (that he will survive), and leaves. Does this contin
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, fiction, historical
India, 1803. Sergeant Richard Sharpe is the sole survivor of a treacherous massacre, and is recruited by an old colonel to hunt down the ex-British soldier responsible. Deep into enemy territory, Sharpe joins Sir Arthur Wellesley’s small force riding against an Indian horde led by a former German soldier. Sharpe soon faces the prospect of battle against insurmountable odds, or the option to join the defectors.

This is the first Sharpe book I’ve read, and I enjoyed it immensely. For some reason, I
Robin Webster
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this second book of the series, Richard Sharpe is now a Sergeant still stationed in India. The year is 1803 and after surviving a massacre ordered by a mercenary European officer called Major Dodd, Sharpe sets off to find and bring him back to justice with his old friend Colonel McCandless of the East India Company. Sharpe had shared an adventure with the Colonel in the previous book. As with the first book in the series, Sharpe’s army career runs parallel with the Duke of Wellington who is a ...more
Sí pero no.

Sí, los principales personajes (Sharpe, Wellesley, Simone, Pohlmann, el malvado Hakeswill, McCandless) son atractivos, quieres leer más de ellos y disfrutas cuando aparecen.
Sí, parece que en rigor histórico el señor Cornwell va muy bien documentado.

Pero, ¡ay!, NO me gusta como desarrolla la historia. Durante más del 15% del libro nos cuenta exhaustivamente el desarrollo de batallas : que si el 76 de fusileros iba por aquí, que si el 78 de highlanders iba por allá, que si los cañones d
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
This book was really good and I really enjoyed reading this book. I was recommended this book by one of my goodreads friends. I thought I would give a try and it turns out that I liked it. Now, I have never read any Bernard Cornwell books but I thought I would a try being I normally don't read these type of book. I would maybe read this book again. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: napoleonic-wars
This was another fun Sharpe, this one dealing with Sergeant Sharpe's experience at the Battle of Assaye in 1803. Early in the novel some fucked up shit goes down and gives Sharpe a personal interest in the battle as well as a professional one. This is a shorter one, mostly focusing on the aforementioned battle and how Sharpe comes to be involved.

Well, I definitely had a lot of fun and managed to learn a good deal but this was just missing some little thing for me. I'm not really sure what it was
Benjamin Thomas
This is the second in the popular Sharpe series by the prolific writer, Bernard Cornwell, and the middle book of what I understand is referred to as the "India Trilogy" subset of all of the Sharpe novels. It is now 1803, some four years after the events of the first novel, and Richard Sharpe is now firmly entrenched in Wellesley's army. (For those that don't know, Wellesley's great claim to fame is as the victor at the Battle of Waterloo, but he had a long career prior to that).

This time around,
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Again, a one-time light-read of war-history.

I liked the historical and Indian aspects to the battle of Assaye, but the book felt long, and the battle formations and regrouping had me confused at times.

Decent fleshing out of characters, but I'm dreading having to endure Hakeswill's revenge plots through the other 22-odd Sharpe books.

Unfortunately or otherwise, I have already purchased about 30 other books by the same author, and I hope the others aren't too war-heavy.
Mike (the Paladin)
Unabridged audio.

This one made very little mark on my brain. Sharpe gets promoted in it and the bully get's his comeuppance but other than that I just don't pull much out. The Sharpe's books can be good and absorbing, but they can also (for some reason) hit some very dry patches.
Kathy Davie
Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I gave the series 2 books and I'm still just not feeling it as much as some of his other series....
Eric Wright
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Fairly good description of 1803, India, the early days of Sharpe's career. His compatriots attack a Mahratta Confederation of vastly superior numbers and munitions.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Lee Andrews
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sharpe-series
this is a Sharpe book so it gets a minimum of 3 stars. if no other reason than the brilliance of the series' formulaic style. the second in the chronological order is lackluster in comparison to even the previous book Sharpe's Tiger let alone the stalwarts of the Napoleonic novels. Triumph does have one of the signature moments of the whole series which not only the best part, but was probably the purpose of the novel itself. the battle of Assaye albeit the one Wellesley was most proud of was a ...more
This one sees Sharpe still in India as he tries to help track down a man who led a massacre of British troops. He's also trying to avoid Obadiah Hakeswill, who is trying equally hard to find Sharpe and get revenge on him for what happened in the previous book. And then there's the temptation of the warlords who are making fortunes by siding with the local Indian nobility against the British. There's a lot going on in such a short book and it's brought vividly to life. You sympathise with Sharpe ...more
The second book about Sharpe’s time in India. The novel opens with Sharpe witnessing but surviving a brutal attack. Despite that, he has not been having too difficult a time of it in India, and still has his rewards from his encounter with the Tippoo. All that changes when he heads off with his old friend McCandless to track down the murderous Major Dodd. Eventually they join up with Wellesley’s forces during the Battle of Assaye. Into the mix comes Sharpe’s old enemy Obadiah Hakeswill. This was ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I liked the first volume a little better, but it's really hard to go wrong with any Cornwell novel you might pick up.
Kenny Bellew
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in this historical fiction series. The year is 1803. Sharpe helps lead a manhunt for a traitor and ends up facing an army with greater forces and guns (Battle of Assaye).
Clay Kniebel
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Its official. I'm now addicted to the Sharpe series. It wouldn't normally be a problem but my library is 45 minutes away. Sharpe's Triumph is an excellent continuation of the of the series and pulls you even deeper into the story line.
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