An honored veteran of the Napolenic Wars, Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe is drawn into a deadly battle, both on land and on the high seas. The year is 1820, and military hero Richard Sharpe has quietly passed the years since the Battle of Waterloo as a farmer. Suddenly, his peaceful retirement is disturbed when he and the intrepid Patrick Harper are called to the Spanish colony of Chile to find Don Blas Vivar, an old friend who has vanished without a trace-and who just happened to be the captain-general of Chile. Sharpe and Harper embark on a dangerous journey that carries them first to an unexpected interview with Napoleon, then on to Chile, a land seething with corruption and revolt. On land and at sea, Sharpe faces impossible odds, not only against finding Vivar, but against surviving in a time when tyranny rules, injustice abounds-Napoleon lurks on the horizon, itching to rekindle the world in a blaze of war.
Sharpe's Eagle: Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #8)by Bernard Cornwell
SHARPE ATTEMPTS THE IMPOSSIBLE - TO CAPTURE A GOLD EAGLE, THE FRENCH ARMY'S MOST HONORED PRIZE. Lt. Sharpe, soon to be Captain Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon at Talavera in what will be the bloodiest battle of the war. Sharpe has earned his captaincy, but there are others - such as the foppish Lieutenant Gibbons and his uncle, Colonel Henry Simmerson - who have bought their commissions despite their incompetence. After their cowardly loss of the regiment's colors, their resentment toward the upstart Sharpe turns to treachery, and Sharpe must fight to redeem the honor of his regiment. (Special Note: This was actually the 2nd book by Cornwell dealing with his Richard Sharpe character, but it is now the 8th in the series appearing before "Sharpe's Gold" and after "Sharpe's Havoc", both of which are in the collection)
Sharpe's Enemy: Richard Sharpe and the Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #16)by Bernard Cornwell
Renegades occupy a village and kidnap some women. Sharpe must face his old enemy Obadiah Hakeswill in order to rescue the hostages.
Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Busaco, September 1810 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)by Bernard Cornwell
Only two obstacles stand between Napoleon's mighty army and its seemingly certain conquest of Portugal: a land wasted and stripped of food at Wellington's orders...and Captain Richard Sharpe. But perils from within and without threaten the bold captain of the Light Company--the hatred and incompetence of a superior officer, the vicious treachery of a false ally, and the overwhelming numbers of a fierce, determined enemy--combining to make Sharpe's escape a near impossibility.
Promoted for his gallantry in the war against India's rebellious Mahratta confederacy, Richard Sharpe is uncomfortable with his newfound authority -- and embroiled in his own private campaign. The unmistakable scent of treason is leading him to Gawilghur, an impenetrable fortress in the sky and the last refuge of desperate enemies of all dark stripes. And as the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, prepares to lay siege to the stronghold high above the Deccan Plain, Sharpe will risk his honor, reputation, and fortune on a battle that will test him as never before.
For more than twenty years, Richard Sharpe, the brave and dashing officer who rose from rags on the street to a commission in his majesty's army, has been thrilling audiences on both the page and on screen. Now the incomparable Bernard Cornwell ("the greatest writer of historical novels today"*) returns with a thrilling new installment-the first new Sharpe novel in more than two years. The year is 1811. With the British army penned into a small part of Portugal, and all of Spain fallen to the invader except for the coastal city of CÁdiz, the French appear to have won their war. Captain Richard Sharpe has no business being in CÁdiz, but when an attack on a French-held bridge goes disastrously wrong, Sharpe-accompanied by Harper, his loyal Irish sergeant, and the obnoxious Brigadier Moon-finds himself in a city under French siege. It is also a town riven by political rivalry. Some Spaniards believe their country's future would be best served if they broke their alliance with Britain and forged a friendship with NapolÉon's France; their cause is only strengthened when some letters written to a prostitute by the British ambassador fall into their possession. They resort to blackmail, and Sharpe, raised in the gutters of London and taught to fight, is released into the alleys of CÁdiz to find the woman and retrieve the letters. Yet defeating the blackmailers will not save the city. That is up to the charismatic Scotsman, Sir Thomas Graham, who takes a small British force o attack the French siege lines. The attack goes horribly wrong; Sir Thomas's outnumbered army is trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, and on a March morning, at Barrosa, Richard Sharpe finds himself embroiled in one of the most desperate infantry struggles ever fought. Sir Thomas has his own reasons for revenge, as does Sharpe, who goes into battle seeking the French colonel who precipitated the disaster that stranded Sharpe in CÁdiz. In a bloody and stirring battle, Sharpe and the English get their revenge and their victory, but at a terrible cost. A triumph of both historical and battle fiction, Sharpe's Fury will sweep both old and new Sharpe fans into their hero's incredible adventures.
Sharpe's Gold: Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #9)by Bernard Cornwell
WELLINGTON MUST CALL ON THE ONLY MAN BRAVE AND RUTHLESS ENOUGH TO WIN AT ANY COST--CAPTAIN RICHARD SHARPE A year after the victory at Talavera, Wellington's army, outnumbered and bankrupt, is on the verge of collapse. Its only hope lies in a cache of gold hidden in the Portuguese mountains, and the only man capable of stealing it is Captain Richard Sharps. He embarks on a secret mission that pits him against the French army; El Católico, the fanatical Spanish guerrilla leader; and El Católico's lover, the beautiful but deadly Teresa. A series of battles lead him through Portugal to the fortress of Almeida, where he is trapped. But Sharpe is determined to succeed--even if it means turning against his own side. "Consistently exciting ... These are wonderful novels!" Stephen King "This is a rousing book for blood-and-gore addicts and armchair generals." -West Coast Review of Books
Sharpe's Havoc: Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #7)by Bernard Cornwell
Lieutenant Richard Sharpe finds himself fighting the ruthless armies of Napoleon Bonaparte as they try to bring the whole of the Iberian Peninsula under their control. Napoleon is advancing fast through northern Portugal, and no one knows whether the small contingent of British troops stationed in Lisbon will stay to fight or sail back to England. Sharpe, however, does not have a choice: He and his squad of riflemen are on the lookout for the missing daughter of an English wine shipper when the French onslaught begins and the city of Oporto becomes a setting for carnage and disaster. Stranded behind enemy lines, Sharpe returns to his mission to find Kate Savage. Sharpe's position on enemy grounds is precarious, and his search is further complicated by a mysterious and threatening Englishman, Colonel Christopher, who has his own ideas on how the French can be driven from Portugal.
Sharpe's Honor: Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #17)by Bernard Cornwell
A duel, a murder, and a plot by the French Major Ducos all have Sharpe running to clear his name.
Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Copenhagen, 1807 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #5)by Bernard Cornwell
Bestselling novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to his popular Richard Sharpe series with this eighteenth dazzling installment, which finds his beloved hero in the heart of war-torn Denmark, trying to protect the prized Danish fleet from Napoleon Bonaparte's ambitions.The year is 1807, and Richard Sharpe is back in England, where his career seems to have come to a dead end. Loveless, destitute, and relegated to the menial tasks of quartermaster, Sharpe roams the streets of London, pondering a bleak future away from the army. Then, out of the blue, an old friend invites him to undertake a secret mission-the delivery of a bribe-to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is officially neutral, but Napoleon is threatening an invasion in order to capture the powerful Danish fleet, which could replace the ships France lost in its disastrous defeat at Trafalgar. The British, fearing such enhancement of French power, threaten their own preemptive invasion, and Sharpe, whose errand seemed so simple, is trapped in a web of treachery that will end only when the city, which thought itself safe, is subjected to a brutal and merciless bombardment.Sharpe's Prey-the chronological sequel to Sharpe's Trafalgar-finds Bernard Cornwell at the top of his bestselling form, combining the meticulous historical detail and fantastic battle scenes he's famous for with a plot that races at breakneck speed toward the final, bloody battle that threatens to destroy Copenhagen.
Sharpe's Regiment: Richard Sharpe and the Invasion of France, June to November 1813 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #18)by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe and Harper are back in Britain trying to find out what is happening to the South Essex's replacement troops.
Sharpe and Frederickson are accused of stealing Napoleon's gold and are forced to desert to find out where it really went.
Sharpe's Rifles: Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #6)by Bernard Cornwell
WHEN SHARPE RISES FROM THE RANKS TO TAKE COMMAND HE FINDS HIMSELF WITH AN UNEXPECTED ALLY IN THE WAR AGAINST NAPOLEON It's 1809, and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety--and the only way of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain. Blas Vivar and his band of intrepid Spanish soldiers may prove to be their salvation. But Vivar is transporting a mysterious chest that he claims can shift the tides of war, and the French are determined to get it-no matter the cost. "Consistently exciting... These are wonderful novels!" -Stephen King "Sharpe's Rifles is right on target." -The Washington Post Book World
Sharpe's Siege: Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #20)by Bernard Cornwell
Historical fiction. Sharpe's Siege is the 20th volume in Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, which takes the hero to the famous battle of Waterloo-and beyond.
Sharpe's Sword: Richard Sharpe and the Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #14)by Bernard Cornwell
FRANCE'S MOST RUTHLESS ASSASSIN FAILED TO KILL CAPTAIN RICHARD SHARPE ON THE FIRST TRY. WILL HE GET A SECOND CHANCE? Colonel Leroux is killing Britain's most valuable spies, and it's up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.
Sharpe's Tiger: Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #1)by Bernard Cornwell
In a battery of events that will make a hero out of an illiterate private, a young Richard Sharpe poses as the enemy to bring down a ruthless Indian dictator backed by fearsome French troops. The year is 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just beginning his military career. An inexperienced young private in His Majesty's service, Sharpe becomes part of an expedition to India to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive out his French allies. To penetrate the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there, Sharpe has to pose as a deserter. Success will make him a sergeant, but failure will turn him over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners -- or, worse -- his man-eating tigers. Picking his way through an exotic and alien world. Sharpe realizes that one slip will mean disaster. And when the furious British assault on the city finally begins, Sharpe must take up arms against his true comrades to preserve his false identity, risking death at their hands in order to avoid detection and thus to foil the Tippoo's well-set trap.
Sharpe's Trafalgar: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, October 1805 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #4)by Bernard Cornwell
The year is 1805, and the Calliope, with Richard Sharpe aboard, is captured by a formidable French warship, the Revenant, which has been terrorizing British nautical traffic in the Indian Ocean. The French warship races toward the safety of its own fleet, carrying a stolen treaty that could provoke India into a new war against the British -- and render for naught all that Sharpe has bravely fought for till now. But help comes from an unexpected quarter. An old friend, a captain in the Royal Navy, is on the trail of the Revenant, and Sharpe comes aboard a 74-gun man-of-war called Pucelle in hot pursuit. What results is a breathtaking retelling of one of the most ferocious and one-sided sea battles in European history, in which Nelson -- and Sharpe -- vanquish the combined naval might of France and Spain at Trafalgar.
Sharpe's Triumph: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #2)by Bernard Cornwell
The paths of treachery lead Sharpe's company to take on the Mahratta horde, where Sharpe must survive carnage and betrayal and live to tell the tale of one of the greatest battles of the century.
The British and their allies are preparing for a grand society ball in Brussels. Amongst the names on the glittering guest-list is a very reluctant newly promoted Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sharpe. Sharpe finds himself on the personal staff of the Young Frog, Frederick, Prince of Orange, who, at a tender age and with no experience whatsoever, has been given command of a large proportion of the Allied Forces. More concerned with cutting a dash at the ball, the Young Frog refuses to listen to Sharpe's scouting reports of an enormous French army marching towards Brussels with the lately returned Emperor Napoleon at its head-- until it is nearly too late. In the middle of the festivities Sharpe bursts in with the news that the British-Prussian link is under attack-- and in the scramble that ensues, as officers are ordered to rejoin their regiments, he comes face-to-face with his estranged wife, Jane, and her lover, Lord John Rossendale, on whom he has sworn revenge. The British counter Napoleon's cavalry at Quatre Bras and suffer heavy losses-- but this is just a prelude to what is to come. The battle of Waterloo, when it commences, is the most hard-fought and bloody of Sharpe's long career, for Wellington has few reserves of men or guns with which to hold back the massive French attack until the long-awaited Prussian army arrives. Victory, a seeming impossibility, rests on the determination of the British infantry in the face of vastly superior fire power and repeated French cavalry charges. In the battle of Waterloo, the culmination of Sharpe's career, he is in the thick of things, fighting alongside his old friends and playing a decisive role, as Cornwell dramatically re-creates the great British triumph.
Bestselling author Bernard Cornwell takes us back four thousand years, to a vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice that is at once timeless and wholly original. This historical novel unlocks the mystery of Britain's most haunting and puzzling structure, and tells a tale of three brothers-fierce rivals-who are uneasily united in their quest to create a temple to their gods. Lengar, the eldest brother, kills his own father to become chief of his tribe. Camaban, the illegitimate middle brother, is determined to have a massive temple built in his own honor. And Saban, the youngest, who actually builds Stonehenge, must act as mediator between the other two. Stonehenge is the enthrallingly dramatic story of patricide, betrayal, and murder; of bloody brotherly rivalry; and of the never-ending quest for power, wealth, and spiritual fulfillment.
Tragedy has decimated Tim Blackburn's safe and comfortable existence. Having already lost a son in a terrorist attack, he must now cope with the death of his beloved wife, killed in a mysterious explosion at sea. And all that remains of his destroyed family is his missing daughter Nicole, last seen in the company of Caspar von Rellsteb-the mad, charismatic leader of the shadowy environmental activist group called Genesis-who keeps an iron-fisted hold over his fanatically dedicated followers. Determined to free Nicole from the crazed, self-proclaimed "protector of the planet," Tim sets sail aboard the sloop Stormchild, with the beautiful, story-hungry journalist Jackie Potten. But their hunt for the hidden lair of Genesis is leading them into dangerous and terrifying waters-and the darkness that waits for Tim Blackburn on the far side of the world could destroy both his sanity and his soul.
The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord-warrior by instinct, Viking by nature-has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs: a dead man has risen, and new Vikings have arrived to occupy the decayed Roman city of London. Their dream is to conquer Wessex, and to do it they need Uhtred's help. Alfred has other ideas. He wants Uhtred to expel the Viking raiders from London. Uhtred must weigh his oath to the king against the dangerous turning tide of shifting allegiances and deadly power struggles. And other storm clouds are gathering: ÆtheleflÆd-Alfred's daughter-is newly married, but by a cruel twist of fate, her very existence now threatens Alfred's kingdom. It is Uhtred-half Saxon, half Dane-whose uncertain loyalties must now decide England's future. A gripping story of love, deceit, and violence, Sword Song is set in an England of tremendous turmoil and strife-yet one galvanized by the hope that Alfred may prove an enduring force. Uhtred, his lord of war and greatest warrior, has become his sword-a man feared and respected the length and breadth of Britain.
From internationally bestselling author Bernard Cornwell comes the eagerly anticipated sequel in his acclaimed Grail Quest series, in which a young archer sets out to avenge his family's honor on the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War and winds up on a quest for the Holy Grail. 1347: a year of war and unrest. England's army is fighting in France, and its absence encourages the Scots to invade the old enemy. Thomas of Hookton, sent back to England to follow an ancient trail that suggests his family once owned the Holy Grail, instead becomes embroiled in the savage fight when the Scots come to Durham. Out of the horror he finds a new companion for the quest but also discovers a new and sinister enemy in a Dominican Inquisitor. All Europe wants the grail. Many may doubt it even exists, but no one would willingly allow an enemy to find Christendom's most precious relic, and Thomas finds himself in a murderous race with the Inquisitor and with Guy de Vexille, the mysterious black rider who murdered Thomas's father (in The Archer's Tale). Thomas appears to have an advantage in the race. His father bequeathed him a mysterious notebook that confirms the grail's existence and offers clues to where the relic might be hidden. But his rivals, inspired by a fanatical religious fervor, have their own advantage-the torture chamber of the Inquisition. Thomas, seeking help to decipher the book's cryptic pages, is delivered instead to his worst enemies. He finds refuge in Brittany, with Jeanette, the Countess of Armorica, but fate will not let him rest. He is thrust into one of the bloodiest and most desperate fights of the Hundred Years' War, the Battle of la Roche-Derrien, and amid the flames, arrows, and butchery of that night, he faces his enemies again.
Nick Sandman's spine was shattered by a bullet in the Falklands. He has no money and no prospects, only a dream of sailing far away from his troubles on his boat, Sycorax. But Sycorax is as crippled as he is, and to make her seaworthy again, Nick must strike a devil's bargain with egomaniacal TV star Tony Bannister. Signing on to the crew of Bannister's powerful ocean racer, Wildtrack, Nick is expected to help sail her to victory. But the despised celebrity has made some powerful enemies who will stop at nothing for revenge. . . .
[Back Cover] The tale begins in Dark Age Britain, a land where Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, where a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, where religion vies with magic for the souls of the people. It is to this desperate land that Arthur returns, a man at once utterly human and truly heroic: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant. As Arthur fights to keep a flicker of civilization alive in a barbaric world, Bernard Cornwell makes a familiar tale into a legend all over again.
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