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Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815 (The Sharpe Series, Book 20) by [Cornwell, Bernard]
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Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815 (The Sharpe Series, Book 20) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
Book 20 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: 1802 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (24 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9PJ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
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Like all good things the `Sharpe' series had to come to an end and what better way with the most famous battle of the Napoleonic Wars - Waterloo. Most Bernard Cornwell fans will be well aware that 1990's `Sharpe's Waterloo' was by no means the character's last book, but the author wrote it like it may have been. The Sharpe series have always had a basic structure; battle at the start, Sharpe falls for a woman, Sharpe meets colourful enemy with nickname such as `The Butcher', battle at the end in which Sharpe beds woman and kills enemy. `Waterloo' throws this out of the window and instead is almost one continuous battle from start to finish.

With this in mind the book will appeal to some fans of the series and not others. As a rule I love the way that Cornwell describes fighting and `Waterloo' is a smorgasbord of detail and horror. For me it is the quintessential novel by the author and highlights how brilliant he is at creating atmosphere and making history evocative. However, other people will decry the lack of character development and the way that some storylines are seemingly left to hang in the air. It is true that there is no real structure to the book apart from the battle itself, but when that battle is written so well this is all you need. I would urge people to read some of the earlier book in the series first so that you get to know and love Sharpe and Harper, but for those who do know them - this is their greatest test ever.
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Sharpe's Waterloo is quite a different book to the other Sharpe's I have read. Sharpe seems to have been written around the events at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, rather than being central to them. If Sharpe was an afterthought, then Harper was lucky to make it into the pages at all. Whilst he is there, he doesn't add anything to the plot, but perhaps Cornwell just didn't want to leave him out. If anything the battles are the central characters.
I still really enjoyed reading this, the writing style still made it hard to put down, the battle descriptions are detailed, gruesome and gripping as any, maybe more so.
Sharpe's feud with Lord John Rossendale and his dispute with the foolish Prince of Orange thread through the story in true Cornwell style.
It's the end of the Napoleonic wars for Sharpe, Harper and a few others, perhaps a fitting one, though I'm not too sure. Still, I am sure that I'll be reading Sharpe's Devil pretty soon, followed by Sharpe's Tiger et al.
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I am a big fan of the sharpe books and the TV dramas. When I started reading Sharpes Waterloo the book instantly sprung alive and you could almost smell the musket smoke. Bernard Cornwell is a superb writer who manages to make the story bounce alive out of the book with his fantastic descriptiveness, especially of Sharpe, portraying him as a 'tramp'.
The battles scenes are excellent, whether it be a small skirmish between the Prussians and the French or the main battle of Waterloo, they remain historically accurate. If you are interested in war, history or just good literature I would highly recommend this book.
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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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This is a difficult story to put down once you start reading. From the preamble and description of the places where action took place it looks as if Bernard Cornwell did considerable research and knows the site very well.
I presume that many of the officers who were aides to the Duke of Wellington and The Prince of Orange, as well as invoved in the various regiments were real men. I was also impressed by the description of the uniforms of both sides
A story to be recommended.
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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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Reading this book again after a few years gap I felt that I stood in line with the Redcoats, fired my musket, dodged the canon shells and watched men die. A really fantastic story of the British soldiers and the men who lead them, some good and some bad or simply inadequate. Enjoy the story of Sharpes Waterloo
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Well researched and crafted as one expects from Cornwell, it gives the impression that without Sharpe Wellington would have failed to win the battle, because the battle takes place over a large area and various battalions are involved it tends to drag with the description of what takes place but our hero comes through virtually unscathed
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