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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007452888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007452880
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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‘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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
Described by Sharpe's creator Bernard Cornwell as his personal favourite amongst the series of novels, Sharpe's Siege is yet another class act.
Sharpe and his henchmen Harper and Frederickson are once more up against desperate odds - battling the old enemy for the first time on French territory as well as striving to make the best of a bad officer lot. The difference this time is that it is the naked and naïve ambition of a Royal Naval captain and the treachery of a French sympathiser that puts Sharpe and his men in danger of their lives. Sharpe, a recently married man, is also in great fear for the well-being of his wife - from whom he has been separated by the powers-that-be just as she seems to have contracted a deadly fever from Sharpe's old mentor, Major Hogan.
Things are not looking good when Sharpe's riflemen are abandoned after a coastal hit and run raid on a fortress goes wrong, courtesy of the inept naval officer. Being set in 1813 with Britain facing up to not only the French but also the United States, Cornwall takes the opportunity to give Sharpe a further adversary with whom to contend as a seagoing American privateer and his crew add fuel to the mix. And as if this isn't enough, Sharpe's old nemesis, Pierre Ducos, arrives to exact personal revenge against the battle-scarred rifleman. The rifleman and his assorted collection of greenjackets and marines dig in deep in an attempt to hold the fortress until succour arrives.
Sharpe is at his most ruthless and compassionate as he tries to keep his cold, hungry and war weary troops safe. Cornwell is certainly right to rank Sharpe's Siege as one of the more outstanding escapades of his most well known creation, Major Richard Sharpe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chuckles VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2008
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This is one of the books that is not based on factual events, and is one of Cornwell's favourites. This is once again a great read and I finished it in less than a week. This strays away a bit from the old Sharpe, now married he begins to doubt himself, and finding himself without the South Essex and having to work with the Navy, makes him feel out of his zone. With the return of arch enemey Ducos, and with Harper and new pal Frederikson by his side can he defeat the french, and the new enemy, the Americans? Good read as ever, just not a Sharpe classic for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Powell on 12 Feb. 2013
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What can I say? I have read just about every single book Bernard Cornwell has written. His prowess in researching into history and adding the human component is second to none. Sharpe's Siege is as much a classic as any in the series. It comes towards the end of the Peninsular War and prior to Waterloo. You can read any Sharpe book in isolation but I would recommend reading in chronological order. Around 20 books!
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By Belle on 17 Feb. 2012
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Wow! I have just finished "Sharpe's Siege" and really didn't want it to end! In this book you get a rare glimpse of Sharpe's vulnerability when faced with an impossible situation and a feeling of the true responsibility he feels for his men. His "Do or Die" attitude is simply at it's greatest in this story. I feel Jane has change Sharpe's character somewhat also. She is the complete opposite to Teresa and I'm not so sure this is a good thing!

This is a great read, full of fast paced adventure. Mr. Cornwell never fails to provide great imagery of battle scenes and the surrounding landscapes. I did, however, miss the presence of the South Essex and felt the was less of Harper's humour in this story. But I suppose this all helped to create a sense that Sharpe truly was all on this own in this one!

All in all - Great! You will not be disappointed!
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By Donus on 12 Aug. 2014
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Bernard Cornwell is, in my opinion [for whatever that is worth] the best historical author currently working in the world of narrative fiction; based upon real-life historical events. He pulls no punches in respect to the often extremely violent reality of life during the wide ranging periods of human history he has covered. The net result is an authentic and often contemporary feel, featuring a cast of flawed characters that the modern day reader can identify with [in some cases], and entertained by until it becomes quite addictive.
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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sharpe's siege is the 15th book in the fantastic Sharpe series by the acclaimed writer Bernard Cornwell. Sharpe has returned to the peninsular war after finding recruits to save the South Essex's from extinction. In this novel Sharpe is entering France for the first time but he come up against some formidable odds like the cunning French spy Major Pierre Ducos who is trying to kill Sharpe as all ways and the might of General Calvet's brigade which he defeats and he returns home safely to Wellington, to fight another day.
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By MSP on 23 May 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The intro said this was Bernard Cornwell's favourite Sharpe book. I can kind of see why as it broke free of the formulaic "sharpe loses first battle and gets into trouble with his superiors, sharpe gets depressed but battles bravely on, sharpe wins second battle against all the odds and is lauded by all concerned". Saying that, I've realised mid-type that most of the formula is there in this book.... maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much.
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yes i did enjoy sharpes siege as i am now on my 19th sharpe book since i had my kindle along with the alfred series the starbuck chronicles and warlord it is obvious i am a bernard cornwall fan. as it happens my favourite book to date is 'the fort' i think a good subject for a story would be the 1812 war with america when they tried to annexe canada.
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