I enjoy all the Sharpe novels both from their storylines and the fact that they have some histrical content, albeit with some novelist's licence. I am reading them all in historical sequence and they are all stored on my Kindle which saves shelf space as well as being a convenient way to read..
Major Sharpe finds himself a fugitive, hunted by enemy and ally alike. Major Richard Sharpe awaits the opening shots of the army's campaign with grim expectancy. For victory depends on the increasingly fragile alliance between Britain and Spain - an alliance that must be maintained at any cost. Pierre Ducos, the wily French intelligence officer, sees a chance both to destroy the alliance and to achieve a personal revenge on Richard Sharpe. And when the lovely spy, La Marquesa, takes a hand in the game, Sharpe finds himself enmeshed in a web of political intrigue for which his military expertise has left him fatally unprepared. 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. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.
Sharpe, wrongly accused of murdering La Marquesa's husband after an interrupted duel, goes on the run to clear his name and find the real culprit. Along the way he has to rescue La Marquesa from a convent and a distinctly unpatriotic partisan, and escape from the French, who want to send him into the depths of France as a prisoner of war. Tempted though he is to spend the rest of the war with La Marquesa, he knows he has to get back to the army and his beloved regiment with his knowledge of the treachery cooked up by Major Ducos and a very clever Spanish priest. He escapes as the French fortress at Burgos explodes, and finds his way back to the South Essex in the midst of the Battle of Vitoria. Believing him to be dead, his regiment are naturally startled to see him, though as they have just lost their commanding officer, they are also very relieved to have him to lead them. In the aftermath of the battle Sharpe has to save La Marquesa once again from the treacherous El Maratife, and along the way Harper picks up enough gold and jewels from the French baggage to make his own and Sharpe's fortunes.
This is a fantastic novel, the battle scenes described with Cornwell's usual flair, and all the action in between wonderfully fast-paced and engaging. A brilliant read!
First, I must confess, I am a fairly new passenger on the Sharpe bus. Being numbered 7 in the American series it was the 7th book I read, but one of my favorites! Sharpe is accused of a murder that he (of course) did not commit and is forced to "go rogue" to clear his name. Again he meets La Marquesa, the whore with the heart of gold, who helps him to forget his recently buried wife, and who provides him the opportunity to rescue the damsel in distress. Pierre Ducos provides one of the villains for this book, being the mastermind behind Sharpe's dishonour. Does Sharpe prevail? Does he what?
If you have got this far in the Sharpe books you know what's coming. Hardship, visceral fighting, appreciative women and victory. Cornwell and Sharpe seldom disappoint. If this is your 1st Sharpe book stop now and go back to the beginning, Sharpe's Tiger you wont be disappointed. Hardly highbrow stuff just a cracking read.
"A prophet is not without honour except in his own country and in his own house." Matthew 13:57
Major Richard Sharpe is a living legend to the British Army, but he finds that others don't see him as even honorable. Not knowing the Biblical advice above, he takes it personally . . . and digs a deep hole for himself.
With the death of Sharpe's wife at the end of Sharpe's Enemy, the series was bound to take a new turn in the 16th book in the chronological order of events. It's a u-turn back toward the alluring charms of La Marquesa, the blond French spy whose treacherous wiles Sharpe cannot resist. Sharpe also has problems with temptations concerning his honour. Other men are even weaker when it comes to pride and greed in this entertaining look at the narrow line between doing the right thing and going off the rails.
Sharpe's Honour nicely balances several story lines that will entertain you:
1. The battle of Vittoria, one of the most important conflicts in the Peninsular Wars.
2. A French scheme to divide Spain from the British.
3. An act of revenge aimed by Pierre Ducos at Sharpe for breaking his glasses.
4. An attempt to re-institute the Spanish Inquisition.
5. A lust story involving Sharpe and the woman known as the Golden (lady who makes herself available to all comers).
6. A fascinating look at greed from several different several dimensions.
7. Sharpe's developing sense of self-worth. Now that he's a major, he sees himself differently from before . . . and wants to be better than his betters.
8. Deadly hand-to-hand combat.
Mr. Cornwell also mixes up his writing style. There are the usual sequences of blood-and-guts, but he also has some of the best comedy writing in the entire series. The mood shifts from deadly serious (almost depressing) to frivolous hilarity. These modulations in style and mood make this book much more entertaining than it otherwise would have been.
Other than the specific events involving what Sharpe does, the rest of the story is well connected to the actual events that occurred. As a result, the book provides more fascination than a mere fiction tail disconnected form history would.
Sharpe's Honour is an excellent book. If you have seen the film, then after you have started reading this book you will see that is much better than the video-all the Sharpe books are. Sharpe's honour is about the battle of Vitoria where Sharpe and Harper make there fortunes. Sharpe also once again meets the beautiful Marquesa. An excellent book.