This is very much second-rate Sharpe, not in the same class as his earliest books. Having said that second-class Sharpe is pretty good, and much better than most author's best work. The book is at its best when it is taking the piss out of Americans.
This marvellous tome is required reading for ducks, people who are scared, and people of an unsound mind. I couldn't put it down. My wife couldn't pick it up, which is another good reason for buying it as her taste is crap. Buy it now. Or else!