Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 (The Sharpe Series, Book 6) Paperback – 15 Sep 2011
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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
About the Author
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, the Alfred series and standalone battle books Azincourt and The Fort.
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Top Customer Reviews
Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series is a fantastic example of engaging historical fiction. I especially like the historical note at the end of each book explaining which parts of the story were fiction and which were genuine events. These books bring the Peninsular War (and the Indian campaign) to life.
I recommend reading the books in chronological order - not always easy as there are new ones written quite often. Enjoy!
The whole is an adventurous, action-packed and well-written read in which our hero is not always in the right and things don't always turn out the way he expects but, as one would expect, much is learnt and the stage is set for greater things.
Following a small battle, Sharpe is left as the senior officer of the 95th Rifles. The men resent him as they don't
know his former fighting skills. There is almost a mutiny and he has to resort to a fist fight with their spokesman,
the Irish Harper, to try and gain control of the men.
They meet up with a group of Spanish led by Major Vivar - a nobleman - and Sharpe realizes he still has much to
learn about being an officer. Later his fighting skills earn the grudging and then genuine respect of the men, and
he and Harper agree a truce, which becomes a liking for each other. I really like the character of Sgt. Harper (as he
Sharpe's Rifles and the Spanish face several attacks from the murderous French and there is a love interest in
Louisa, a Methodist English girl with a horror of an aunt - who is firmly put in her place by a "foul mouthed" Sharpe!
There were a couple of twists in the story and the battles were different and not boring as I found in the siege
scenes in "Fortress".
I would recommend this book, especially if you are interested in the historical events surrounding the fighting in 1809
between France and Spain, Portugal and England. Even if you haven't read another Sharpe novel, this book can "stand alone".
A very good read, probably worth 5 stars, but I had to leave a bit of leeway for those stories written before this one which are probably even better. I must say I admire the skill with which the author writes these novels to fill gaps in the chronology. It must be a nightmare to do, being consistent with books written several years earlier.
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Very good read for fans of the series. Great to find the background to Sharpe's group of burly soldiers.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
third time i've read this book over the last 25 years . always worth popping back to Sharpe for a visit every 8 or 9 years or soPublished 3 months ago by Wayne K.
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