If like me your only contact with Sharpe is the TV series, then these three book are a must have.
Not only are they well written, they offer a brilliant insight into the life of the common soldier in the British Army in the 18th and 19th century. A time when the common soldier had to survive in brutal and uncaring conditions, and that was before they came close to a battle situation. Being ruled by officers who bought their commissions, usually with little, if any, military training and who generally viewed the soldiers in their charge as nothing more the scum to be disgusted with. Then the NCO's that used the situation to exploit everything for their own gain and usually at the expense of the common soldier.
While these books were written after the main books, which went to make up the TV series, they offer a ream of background information that fleshes out the characters in the TV films. As another reviewer mentioned, his introduction to Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill immediately brings Pete Postlethwaite to my minds eye.
Excellent books which if you enjoy well researched historical fiction will tick all the boxes.
Books arrived late after paying for next day delivery. The box was extremely shabby although the books were Ok but I feel paying nearly £30 for this set wad excessive. Disappointed as this was a Birthday gift!!
I never thought I'd say this but this is better than a book because:
1) Even if you drop your Kindle or just put it down for a second you can't lose your place. 2) Similarly you don't have to find a way to mark your place as when you turn your Kindle off next time you turn it on it remembers where you are, 3)The 'print' is extremely clear and so easy to read. 4) The 'book' doesn't deteriorate over time no matter how many times you read it. Even if you always read whilst eating jam sandwiches!
I'd recommend this to anyone.
I know that so far this review is about the Kindle but Bernard Cornwell, particularly the Sharpe books, are so well written that they are always a pleasure t read.
A terrific read, charting Sharpe's rise from private, through sergeant, to ensign. It also acts as a great introduction to the original Sharpe books, explaining many aspects of Sharpe's later character and relationships.