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Sharpe's Siege: The Winter Campaign, 1814 (The Sharpe Series, Book 18) by [Cornwell, Bernard]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
Book 18 of 21 in The Sharpe Series (21 Book Series)
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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

Review

‘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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1498 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (13 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GUBIKC
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Described by Sharpe's creator Bernard Cornwell as his personal favourite amongst the series of novels, Sharpe's Siege is yet another class act.
Sharpe and his henchmen Harper and Frederickson are once more up against desperate odds - battling the old enemy for the first time on French territory as well as striving to make the best of a bad officer lot. The difference this time is that it is the naked and naïve ambition of a Royal Naval captain and the treachery of a French sympathiser that puts Sharpe and his men in danger of their lives. Sharpe, a recently married man, is also in great fear for the well-being of his wife - from whom he has been separated by the powers-that-be just as she seems to have contracted a deadly fever from Sharpe's old mentor, Major Hogan.
Things are not looking good when Sharpe's riflemen are abandoned after a coastal hit and run raid on a fortress goes wrong, courtesy of the inept naval officer. Being set in 1813 with Britain facing up to not only the French but also the United States, Cornwall takes the opportunity to give Sharpe a further adversary with whom to contend as a seagoing American privateer and his crew add fuel to the mix. And as if this isn't enough, Sharpe's old nemesis, Pierre Ducos, arrives to exact personal revenge against the battle-scarred rifleman. The rifleman and his assorted collection of greenjackets and marines dig in deep in an attempt to hold the fortress until succour arrives.
Sharpe is at his most ruthless and compassionate as he tries to keep his cold, hungry and war weary troops safe. Cornwell is certainly right to rank Sharpe's Siege as one of the more outstanding escapades of his most well known creation, Major Richard Sharpe.
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Bernard Cornwell is, in my opinion [for whatever that is worth] the best historical author currently working in the world of narrative fiction; based upon real-life historical events. He pulls no punches in respect to the often extremely violent reality of life during the wide ranging periods of human history he has covered. The net result is an authentic and often contemporary feel, featuring a cast of flawed characters that the modern day reader can identify with [in some cases], and entertained by until it becomes quite addictive.
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Brilliant, as all the others in Mr Cornwell's canon of historical novels, especially the Sharpe ones.. A 'must read' follow-on to the previous book. Each one tells us something we might not have known about life in general, and specific items that were available in 1812. This time it is tinned food. Truly - ask Wikipaedia. Other times, we've had gas lighting in the streets of London, rockets...what ever next? Read on, and find out!!
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Daring doings from the Napolonic era. Sharpe is sent to take a French held chateau and to discover if the people are rising against Napolion. This book has few conections to the TV program apart from some character names. To me it makes more sense than the tv but I am prone to liking books more. Really good read I very much enjoyed it and reccomend it to all Sharpe fans and to those who want an historical tale.
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This is as usual a very good and interesting read. As with all the Sharpe books I thoroughly enjoy the story, and the action.
I have read many of Bernard Cornwell's books and can say without a doubt that he is my favourite author.
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Richard Sharpe, abandoned in enemy territory, has to trust in assistance from a hostile American privateer. The invasion of France is under way and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast - one of the most dangerous missions of his career. Through the reckless incompetence of a naval commander, Sharpe finds himself abandoned in the heart of enemy territory, facing overwhelming forces and the very real prospect of defeat. He has no choice but to trust his fortunes to an American privateer - a man who has no love for the British invaders. Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage.
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I am a devoted fan of the tv series and actually watch it every time it is on no matter how many times I have seen it. As an avid reader it was only natural that I should buy the complete set of these books and I am really looking forward to reading them, I just hope they don't let me down.
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Wow! I have just finished "Sharpe's Siege" and really didn't want it to end! In this book you get a rare glimpse of Sharpe's vulnerability when faced with an impossible situation and a feeling of the true responsibility he feels for his men. His "Do or Die" attitude is simply at it's greatest in this story. I feel Jane has change Sharpe's character somewhat also. She is the complete opposite to Teresa and I'm not so sure this is a good thing!

This is a great read, full of fast paced adventure. Mr. Cornwell never fails to provide great imagery of battle scenes and the surrounding landscapes. I did, however, miss the presence of the South Essex and felt the was less of Harper's humour in this story. But I suppose this all helped to create a sense that Sharpe truly was all on this own in this one!

All in all - Great! You will not be disappointed!
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