Sharpe's Escape

Sharpe's Escape

Richard Sharpe and the Bussaco Campaign, 1810

Book - 2004
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The twentieth instalment in the bestselling Sharpe series. Sharpe's Escape takes place in the summer of 1810, once again in the Peninsular War. The French are mounting their third and most dangerous invasion of Portugal. Captain Richard Sharpe with his company of redcoats and riflemen meets the invaders on the gaunt ridge of Bussaco. But there, despite a stunning British victory, the French are not stopped and the army have to fall back. Sharpe has made enemies among the Portuguese and during the retreat through Coimbra, he and Sergeant Harper are lured into a trap designed to kill them. With the help of an Englishwoman, Sharpe survives, but is cut off from the army. He has to rejoin his regiment if the command is not to fall to the ambitious Lieutenant Slinbsby. At the Lines of Torres Vedras, the vast defences built to stop the French before Lisbon, Sharpe confronts his enemies in a climactic battle.
Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2004
ISBN: 9780007120130
0007120133
Branch Call Number: F COR
Characteristics: 350 p. : maps ; 24 cm

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Nov 23, 2010

If you haven't read any of Cornwell's books yet, you'd better make up for lost time.
This time France's blue coated arm ies take the fight to Portugal and once again Rifleman Sharpe gets in harms way.
There's lots of shooting, fighting, escaping through ancient sewers and lots of other mayhem. As always, a very good read.

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