SHARPE'S HAVOC: RICHARD SHARPE AND THE CAMPAIGN IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL, SPRING 1809. Hardcover – 2002
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I'll leave the plot there except to say that it's a ripping yarn (and I've been reading them for twenty years). We meet an upper-class villain fit to take on Sir Henry Simmerson; a beautiful, runaway heiress; and a young Portuguese officer of character and education who has a thing or two to learn from Sharpe. Deja vu? Well, some of the best vus are deja. There have been better ones than this but not many. The atmosphere is as thick as Dan Hagman's tea. There are passages of real sardonic humour, which comes as a relief after the last outing. The action sequences are many and unsurpassed. My only regret is that an old favourite, Sweet William, hasn't shown up yet.
The time slots are filling up but Cornwell makes good use of them. Sharpe and Harper march again. What are you waiting for? And if you didn't understand any of the above, still read the book.
I have read many of Bernard Cornwell's books and can say without a doubt that he is my favourite author.
The book follows on from Sharpe's Rifles, which was a much better book and more full of
It is set completely in Portugal, which interested me as I now live in that country, so I
could understand the scenery and the attitude of the locals.
Sharpe and his men are cut off from the main army and have to protect an English girl
supposedly married to a Colonel, who turns out to be a traitor and out to feather his
own nest. There is too much hanging around at the quinta (a farm) waiting for orders until
the men finally get into a battle.
The characters are not developed and the battles are repeats of previous books. You could
skip this book and not lose anything in the reading.
I would recommend any of the series of 24 books. I will read all of them but i think they are best read in order so that you don't lose the thread of events as they unfold.
I have given it 5 stars as I think you will not find a better read in this genre.
Buy any of them on Kindle or book form, you will not be dissapointed.
The answer is absolutely not! As a book in it's own right this is a cracking read. The characters are superb, the historical setting spot on, and the pace of the book excellent.
The storyline is a little simplistic, but this in no way detracts from the core of the novel which revolves around Richard Sharpe's character - and a better rogue to lead you into battle there ain't.
The second question is, I've read the others, is this as good?
Everyone has their favourite Sharpe novel. If you like Sharpe to be in the middle of the action, leading his troup of reprabates against the French, this is up there with the best.