Sharpe's EscapeThe Sharpe Series Series
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Cornwell started writing the Sharpe series in 1980 and it is still going strong. Sharpe's Escape slots between Sharpe's Gold and Sharpe's Battle and like the rest of the series is packed full of historical detail and are a thoroughly entertaining read.
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Sharpe's Escape by Bernard Cornwell
But Sharpe is in trouble. His job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Sharpe, discarded by his regiment, wages a private war against Ferragus â€“ a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugalâs ancient university city. Sharpeâs enemies are numerous but on his side he has Sergeant Patrick Harper, the Portuguese officer Jorge Vincent and a prickly English governess, whose first aim is to clean up Sharpeâs language.
Sharpeâs Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massenaâs crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.
This is a classic Sharpe novel, with Richard Sharpe in his finest form reunited with Patrick Harper, and facing enemies on every side.
ReviewsThe Richard Sharpe novels are notable for their wonderfully astringent view of history. Sharpe is a man first and a patriot second: he is as likely to pick a fight with one of his own side as charge blindly towards the enemy.' Sunday Telegraph
â€˜No one is better than Bernard Cornwell in describing battles large and small, howitzer fire, cavalry charges or bayonet attacks.' Evening Standard
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Publication date1st November 2004
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