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Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815 (The Sharpe Series, Book 20) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Cornwell
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SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY eBook edition of Bernard Cornwell’s classic novel, with a new foreword by the author.

It is 1815. Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the Prince of Orange, who refuses to listen to Sharpe’s reports of an enormous army, led by Napoleon, marching towards them.

The Battle of Waterloo commences and it seems as if Sharpe must stand by and watch the grandest scale of military folly. But at the height of battle, as victory seems impossible, Sharpe takes command and the most hard-fought and bloody battle of his career becomes his most magnificent triumph.

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.



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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

Review

‘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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2166 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9PJ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's 'Insert ABBA Title Here' 27 Jan. 2010
Format:Paperback
Like all good things the `Sharpe' series had to come to an end and what better way with the most famous battle of the Napoleonic Wars - Waterloo. Most Bernard Cornwell fans will be well aware that 1990's `Sharpe's Waterloo' was by no means the character's last book, but the author wrote it like it may have been. The Sharpe series have always had a basic structure; battle at the start, Sharpe falls for a woman, Sharpe meets colourful enemy with nickname such as `The Butcher', battle at the end in which Sharpe beds woman and kills enemy. `Waterloo' throws this out of the window and instead is almost one continuous battle from start to finish.

With this in mind the book will appeal to some fans of the series and not others. As a rule I love the way that Cornwell describes fighting and `Waterloo' is a smorgasbord of detail and horror. For me it is the quintessential novel by the author and highlights how brilliant he is at creating atmosphere and making history evocative. However, other people will decry the lack of character development and the way that some storylines are seemingly left to hang in the air. It is true that there is no real structure to the book apart from the battle itself, but when that battle is written so well this is all you need. I would urge people to read some of the earlier book in the series first so that you get to know and love Sharpe and Harper, but for those who do know them - this is their greatest test ever.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Sharpe's Waterloo is quite a different book to the other Sharpe's I have read. Sharpe seems to have been written around the events at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, rather than being central to them. If Sharpe was an afterthought, then Harper was lucky to make it into the pages at all. Whilst he is there, he doesn't add anything to the plot, but perhaps Cornwell just didn't want to leave him out. If anything the battles are the central characters.
I still really enjoyed reading this, the writing style still made it hard to put down, the battle descriptions are detailed, gruesome and gripping as any, maybe more so.
Sharpe's feud with Lord John Rossendale and his dispute with the foolish Prince of Orange thread through the story in true Cornwell style.
It's the end of the Napoleonic wars for Sharpe, Harper and a few others, perhaps a fitting one, though I'm not too sure. Still, I am sure that I'll be reading Sharpe's Devil pretty soon, followed by Sharpe's Tiger et al.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contains All the Best Elements of the Series 1 Sept. 2009
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
"And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." -- Revelation 16:16

Waterloo was the last battle of the Napoleonic Wars, a last brilliant gamble by the returned-from-exile Emperor Napoleon to surprise his enemies and gloriously split their forces so they could be destroyed. The best part of the book comes in having Richard Sharpe be present for the key action as the British and Prussians are surprised . . . and almost undone before barely prevailing. The battle story telling reminded me of the best parts of Bruce Catton's distinguished history books of the American Civil War. It's gripping and terribly interesting . . . in that strange way that awful events pull us in.

Bernard Cornwell also remained loyal to his favorite pet peeves, working them into central parts of the story:

1. The gaps between the well-born and the up-from-the-ranks officers.
2. The hypocritical attitude toward honor among the well-to-do.
3. The idiocy of letting aristocrats with no experience make battle decisions.
4. The bravery of the despised common soldier who fought better than any other nation's soldiers.

He also picks up on the disloyalty of Sharpe's wife, dangling in our minds many potential ends for the perfidious lovers.

I was sorry to see the last battle.

If you haven't read any other books in the series, do go back and start at the beginning in order of the chronology of the events . . . before reading this satisfying book.

Charge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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This, the culmination of the series to which all previous installments have pointed, is without question Cornwell's best book. While Sharpe's personal life does enter into it, at least 3/4 of the book if not more is devoted to the complex Battle of Waterloo which took place from Thursday, June 15 with Napoleon's invasion of the Netherlands to the final, epic, and hair-raising battle near the village of Waterloo on Sunday, June 18. Cornwell does a brilliant job of depicting the speed of Napoleon's invasion and the way he caught the Allies completely flat-footed.

Sharpe is not with Wellington's army but instead is attached, as a Lieutenant Colonel, to the staff of the leader of the forces of the Netherlands, the young Prince of Orange. From this position, he watches helplessly as the French capitalise on mistake after mistake by Wellington's allied commanders, particularly the Prince of Orange; at the climax of the battle, he and Harper can not stand by any longer and thrust themselves into the fighting.

History has recorded that Wellington won, but it was a close thing. Cornwell expertly milks every drop of excitement from this battle in yet another--and his best--page-turning thriller. It's a marvelous accomplishment.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but still just as good.
Slightly different to some of the other books in the series, but still just as good.
Published 5 days ago by Phil Brand
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it again as per
Obviously fantastic like all the others in the series. Hooked. Sharpe is a top top man, wish I was him
Published 1 month ago by R. Tanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 month ago by Colin R Burrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Story
A good Sharpe, realistic and well linked to the actual battles
Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. J. Bewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from Bernard Cornwell
Thank god for Sharpie, without him were would we be, no seriously a cracking tale.
Published 4 months ago by kevin featherstone
5.0 out of 5 stars but have thoroughly enjoyed reading the books and watching the...
Came to Sharpe rather late in life, but have thoroughly enjoyed reading the books and watching the television series on DVD. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Was I there
Reading this book again after a few years gap I felt that I stood in line with the Redcoats, fired my musket, dodged the canon shells and watched men die. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
When Bernard Cornwell writes like this there is no one better.
Published 4 months ago by MR AA EVANS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good quality, fast service well pleased.
Published 4 months ago by Dumpy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good book
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