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Sharpe's Fortress: Sharpe, Book 3 Audio Download – Abridged

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  • Listening Length: 2 hours and 54 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Aug. 2005
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SPXN0E
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In the third book of the Sharpe series, we find an unhappy Sharpe who has found being promoted to an officer is not all it is cracked out to be. Due to him coming up from the ranks he is not accepted by his fellow officers or the rank and file of the army. In view of this he considers the possibility of selling his commission, but eventually does find an opportunity to prove himself in battle but it comes as usual with a high risk of losing his life at the impregnable fortress at Gawilghur. This is another highly entertaining book where again he comes into contact with his old enemies Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and William Dodd, the British mercenary. Anybody that has read the previous two Sharpe books will not be disappointed. The book is fast paced, action packed and as usual Bernard Cornwall shows us that he is one of the best writers of historical fiction on the planet. This book can be enjoyed without reading the first two books in the series, however, I would recommend starting from book one. However, I must warn you if you haven’t read Sharpe before this series is highly addictive. I know now I won’t be satisfied until I’ve completed the entire book series.
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I confess I had never read a Sharpe novel until I saw the series on TV a few years ago, though I have read and
enjoyed the Starbuck series.
Since then, I have read a few of the Sharpe series and I downloaded 3 over Christmas onto my Kindle.

I give this 3.5 stars because it was an o.k. read and I enjoy Sharpe's insubordinate nature. However, for me it was a
little boring with the guns laying siege to the walls of the enemy fortress, and the enemy firing back. How often can
you describe this?

When the book concentrated on Sharpe and his relations to his fellow officers and former colleagues - most of whom resent
him for one reason or other - then the book held my interest. At other times, it didn't.

I am sure those interested in the history of India at this time, will enjoy the book very much.

I will read the other books I downloaded at some time and review them.
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This si my 3rd sharpe When i read the first I said it was predicatable , and was'nt really sure wether to read any more ,however I find I am getting hooked , sharpe has a charmed life, as has sgt haweswill , and I am intrigued as to wether he will reappear , or wether the serpents got him. , I enjoyed the book found it to be a real page turner , and one thing I do like is that at the end the facts of the real events are revealed . whilst reading the book I imagined that there would be thousand of casuaalities , but in fact there were 150 on the british side,which comprised mainly scottish and indian troops .Sean Bean is well cast in the tv portrayal and he is the image I have when i am reading , a real yorkshire man who tells it the way it really is. I am now reading trafalgar , sharpe is on a sailing ship on his way back to england , with his loot from the wars and methinks he may not have it for long . We shall see!
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With any Sharpe novel you know you are going to get a fast-paced, well told story and plenty of action. This is no exception. Here our hero must battle the prejudices of his own comrades as he rises to the rank of Ensign as well as the forces of Gawilghur lead by old enemy William Dodd and arch nemesis Obadiah Hakeswill, Sharpe's nemesis from the first two books. The early chapters, describing Sharpe's exposure of his Captain's corruption and subsequent kidnap are lively and interesting. Once again, as punishment for his honesty, Sharpe finds he must fight a couple of enormous local thugs known as Jettis and once again he eventually prevails. It as at this point where the novel begins to struggle a bit. It is difficult to see why Cornwell could not at least invent some other evil for Sharpe to overcome. The Jetti fight is almost identical to that in Sharpe's Tiger. Following the fight Sharpe basically seems to do what he wants, wandering from regiment to regiment at will and pretty much making his own orders. Of course we allow Cornwell a good bit of licence with Sharpe in the name of good story-telling but this really does stretch credulity a little too far. The Siege itself is well told and Sharpe conducts himself with his usual daring aplomb but again there are some things which are difficult to accept. It is never fully explained for example, why after taking the outer Fort, the British cannot simply wait and starve their opponents instead of ploughing recklessly forward on the same afternoon. This is not to say that in reality there was not a very pressing reason, it is just that is not explained here. Instead the capture of the fort feels a little too inevitable.Read more ›
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Once again Bernard Cornwell provides his followers with more of his famous character--Richard Sharpe. Continuing his series of "prequals" to Sharpe's Rifles, Cornwell has Sharpe suffer a bit more in India against foes both new and old to the reader. Cornwell notes that he has taken major liberties as an author by inserting his fictional character into the final battle, but it still a wonderful story. What I enjoyed was finding out the details behind the Sharpe story...such as how he got his telescope and his scar. We also have our first introduction to the Rifles that we will come to know and love so much. I can't wait to see how Sharpe loses his fortune, since we know he is penniless in Sharpe's Rifles. All in all...a good story in a wonderful series!
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