Sharpe's Enemy

Sharpe's Enemy

Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812

Book - 1994
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"Newly promoted, Major Richard Sharpe is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born woman, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy. Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. For to surrender or to fail would mean an end of the war for the Allied armies...."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1994, c1984
ISBN: 9780007452972
9780007276257
9780006170136
Branch Call Number: Pbk COR
Characteristics: 347p. : map ; 20 cm. paperback

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Oct 05, 2010

Another treat of historical fiction --- this time lots of fiction and relatively little historical accuracy.
The action takes place in the border country between Spain and Portugal. Sharpe has been ordered to lead a new Rocket Cavalry into maneouvers when he accidentally encounters a much larger force of French troops. Against all odds, under the brave leadership of Sharpe, the outnembered Englich are able to hold out against the much larger French forces until he is finally relieved by the British-Spanish force.
As always: blood; guts; gore and bravery --- the expected and normal hallmarks of Cornwell's Sharpe novels.

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