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Publisher's Summary

Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at the impregnable Gawilghur's ravine.
To regain his confidence and his authority, Sharpe will fight as he has never fought before.
Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.
©1999 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited
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Critic Reviews

"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched."(Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R.R. Martin)
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By Ekhp on 03-28-16

Love it

This was the best Sharpe story yet in my opinion. I really am enjoying the series notwithstanding that I am not a Great War buff nor have any special interest in that time period in India. The story is great and the historical references have made me curious and interested in the time and setting. Can't wait to start the next one.

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By South Carolina Senior on 03-19-16

Anti gun, but still love Cornwell

Don't understand how I can love this author so much because his books are so violent. Perhaps that violence is in all of us, but just under the surface, hidden away, but by God I love Bernard Cornwell. I love everything he has ever written and am on my second and third listens and/ or reads of each book. His heroes are real heroes. His historical research is marvelous, and he is a wonderful writer. I have learned so much about guns, long bows, artillery and long boats. For the lover of historical fiction, it doesn't get much better than this.

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By Simon on 10-14-15

High Octane from the Very Start

I'm honestly not sure how Cornwell does it. I am just glad that he does. This series is, even at this early stage, is showing me exactly why it has won so many plaudits over the years. The action starts from the very first page and continues apace throughout the book. All the conerstones of the previous books are here including the excellent historical knowledge and the engaging characters including of course Obadiah Hakeswill who for his sheer black-souled awfulness has fast become one of my favourite fictional characters.

All of this set against a rich backdrop of the vastness of India and brought to life peerlessly by Rupert Farley though one of the Indian characters did seem to change voicing slightly part way through. A minor comment on an excellent performance as he brought not just the Indian characters to life but also the upper class officers, the belligerent Sharpe and of course the venomous serpent that is Hakeswill.

If you like historical military fiction . . . I have found few better books than this.

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By declan on 09-29-17

my review

this is my first review. I have a few of diffrent books by the same writer and as always exciting n gritty. performed well and can know who is talking before you are told very well performed

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By Billy Walsh on 04-19-16

happy overall

the narrator does not quite hit sean beans accent all the time and at times other accents slip up. he does sound like he is into the story and exited at the right times. the story itself is exiting and the first account of british india I have read. would definitely recommend

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