Sharpe's Fortress

Sharpe's Fortress : Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803

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"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, chaos, and excitement of battle as few writers have ever done--perhaps most vividly in his phenomenally popular novels following the illustrious military career of British Army officer Richard Sharpe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In Sharpe's Fortress, Ensign Sharpe's adventures in India reach a grand finale at the Siege of Gawilghur during the Maharatta War in December 1803, as Cornwell's hero uncovers a foul treason and seeks a righteous revenge. Perhaps the San Francisco Chronicle said it best: "If only all history lessons could be as vibrant."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061098639
  • 9780061098635
  • 511,880

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Be prepared for scenes of great action & heroic.

The sword hissed an inch behind the boy's neck.
"I said to leave him alone!"
Sharpe said. "Or do you want to fight me instead?"
"None of us," a calm voice said behind Sharpe, "wants to fight Ensign Sharpe."

Richard Sharpe.

Soldier, hero, rogue--the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles, whose green jacket he proudly wears.
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"The direct heir to Patrick O'Brian."-- "The Economist""A stirring saga...resplendent with color and action. Cornwell...again proves his mettle."--" Publishers Weekly," Starred Review"Fabulous."-- "Kirkus""Page-turners [that] fan clubs all over the world are devoted to."--" THe Wall Street Journal""Tom Clancy could pick up a pointer or two from Bernard Cornwell . . . Cornwell's blending of the fictional Sharpe with historical figures and actual battles gives the narrative a stunning sense of realism . . . If only all history lessons could be as vibrant."--" The San Francisco Chronicle ""Fast-paced [and] electrifying....Another rousing installment in the Richard Sharpe saga."-- "Booklist""Excellently entertaining. If you love historical drama ... then look no further."--" Boston Globe "Starring British officer Richard Sharpe (a kind of Indiana Jones), this novel, the 16th in a series, is a zippy joyride.-- "People Magazine," Worth a Look
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8,649 ratings
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4 47% (4,096)
3 18% (1,573)
2 1% (106)
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