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Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 (The Sharpe Series, Book 6) Paperback – 15 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007425864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007425860
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sharpe's Rifles is the story of Richard Sharpe and the French invasion of Galicia. From the outset this is a fast-paced story of faith and determination that is hard to put down.
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!
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I've read all of the Sharpe series in paperback and watched the TV series several times. When the chance came to read this novel again on my Kindle, I couldn't resist having just watched the TV episode a week earlier. The book goes into far more detail and the inter-play between the 'from the ranks' Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, Harper (the Sergeant) and the Green Jacketed Riflemen made for really enthralling reading. Highly recommended.
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The Sharpe books are turning out to be informative and entertaining reads that do for the Napoleonic Wars what the Flashman series did for the Victorian era. Our hero finds himself in northern Spain on the retreat to Corunna when, due to an unfortunate turn of events his unit is cut off from the main force and he is left in charge after the deaths of its leading officers. From that moment on Sharpe has to learn the skills of leadership, especially after a disastrous start, and is fortunate enough to be assisted by the very able Spaniard, Blas Vivar. Vivar has his own agenda, that of inspiring resistance to the invading French by unfurling the banner of St James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella.
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.
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I enjoyed this book more than Sharpe's Fortress as it was almost continual action.
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
becomes).

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".
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I'm reading Sharpe for the first time, chronologically. This is the sixth in the series and covers Sharpe's adventures during the retreat to Corunna, when he finally comes to terms with the Rifles, gets involved with Spanish resistance to the French, and learns a lot about how to be an officer. This is easily the best-written of the 'retrospectives', not surprising since it was written long before the others, being 9th in order of writing. Cornwell is not the only prolific author whose quality suffered a little in his later career. There are several things that make this stand out in comparison to its chronological predecessors. The technical quality of the writing is better - with less use of stock phrases, a more consistent and believable plot, and a better balance between descriptive prose and dialogue. The attention to detail is superb, and the sympathetic treatment of Sharpe's problems with being being an officer makes him a much more rounded character than the cardboard super-hero of the India series, for example. Also, whereas in the previous books Sharpe simply has to look at a woman and she is his, here he has to cope with rejection - which he does like a gentleman. The scene-setting is second to none, Cornwell's painting of Galicia during a particularly savage winter is almost painful to read, and the fight scenes are drawn with more patience and faultless pacing - utterly unlike the frenetic whizz-bang (almost Tom and Jerry) efforts of novels written a decade later.

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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