Sharpe's Rifles

Sharpe's Rifles

Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January, 1809

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The story takes place during the British retreat from Spain in 1809. French victory seems certain. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, newly promoted from the ranks, is struggling to earn the respect of his fellow officers and the men he commands. When he is separated from his unit, he seizes the chance to command a rag tag company of riflemen, who have little love for their new leader, through enemy territory back to the British lines. On top of these worries, Spanish partisans insist that the British escort them to a remote village where they believe victory over the French is possible.
Publisher: London : Collins, 2011, c1988
Description: 336 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780007425860
Branch Call Number: Corn

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mammothhawk229e
Jun 08, 2017

Solid well researched modern classic book.
Minor victories of everyman Lieutenant Sharpe getting new boots & pants from the enemy or a solid right hand man in Sergeant Harper.
DVD version just as good.

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bwilliamsbooks
Jun 06, 2017

Though the first of the Sharpe Novels to be written, this is not the first chronologically in Sharpe's career. there are of course several opinions on the order to read these gripping novels. I suggest reading them according to the internal chronology. (a quick web search should help you there). Cornwell does such an amazing job of bringing the time period to life (and death). I highly recommend them.

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MiriBird
May 14, 2014

This is a great choice if you enjoy historic fiction dealing with war. For those who have enjoyed some of the nautical series from around this time period such as the Hornblower or Master and Commander series might also really like to change tack and try out these books featuring the army. All of the books in this series have fantastic pacing, especially in the battle sequences, and really do a great job of bringing this time period to life.

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suby99
Jul 30, 2008

Account of a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars. First of the Sharpe series. Interesting social attitudes...ie. officers are born, not made. The highest ranking a soldier from poverty (or commoner) may achieve is sergeant, anything above that is reserved to the weathy.

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suby99
Jul 30, 2008

Violence: war violence

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suby99
Jul 30, 2008

Coarse Language: mild

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Jul 30, 2008

suby99 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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