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Sharpe’s Assassin: Sharpe is back in the gripping, epic new historical novel from the global bestselling author (The Sharpe Series, Book 21) Kindle Edition
*The new novel in the bestselling Sharpe series – SHARPE’S COMMAND – is available to pre-order now*
SHARPE IS BACK.
The global bestseller Bernard Cornwell returns with his iconic hero, Richard Sharpe.
If any man can do the impossible it's Richard Sharpe . . .
Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe is a man with a reputation. Born in the gutter, raised a foundling, he joined the army twenty-one years ago, and it’s been his home ever since. He’s a loose cannon, but his unconventional methods make him a valuable weapon.
So when, the dust still settling after the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington needs a favour, he turns to Sharpe. For Wellington knows that the end of one war is only the beginning of another. Napoleon's army may be defeated, but another enemy lies waiting in the shadows – a secretive group of fanatical revolutionaries hell-bent on revenge.
Sharpe is dispatched to a new battleground: the maze of Paris streets where lines blur between friend and foe. And in search of a spy, he will have to defeat a lethal assassin determined to kill his target or die trying . . .
SHARPE’S ASSASSIN is the brand new novel in the bestselling historical series that has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
Sharpe’s Assassin was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback the w/c 4th October 2021.
"As usual, this is historical fiction on a grand scale, a period-piece thriller that will enrapture fans of the long-running series. Sharpe stays true to his down-and-dirty roots, and Cornwell steps back into Sharpe's world as though he never left it. A boisterous return of a favorite character." -- Booklist
"This is first-rate historical fiction that any fan of the genre will enjoy." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Last seen in 2007's Sharpe's Fury, the indestructible Richard Sharpe has one more battle to fight in bestseller Cornwell's rousing 24th novel featuring the English rifleman. . . . The action builds to a high-stakes sword fight between Sharpe and a French officer that's resolved in an unexpected and satisfying way. Series fans will be pleased to see Sharpe retire from the army on a high note." -- Publishers Weekly
Praise for the Sharpe Series: "Prepare to have your buckles swashed." -- People
Richard Sharpe has the most astounding knack for finding himself where the action is . . . and adding considerably to it. -- Wall Street Journal
"Excellently entertaining. If you love historical drama, then look no further."
-- Boston Globe
"If only all history lessons could be as vibrant." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Cornwell's cinematically detailed battle pieces [are] literal tours de force. -- Washington Post
An irresistible combination of rousing military history, penetrating character analysis, and suspenseful martial intrigue . . . stirring British military history at its finest." -- Booklist
"Great fun." -- Kirkus--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Bernard Cornwell:
‘Sharpe and his creator are national treasures' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'Strong narrative, vigourous action and striking characterisation, Cornwell remains king of the territory he has staked out as his own' SUNDAY TIMES
‘Like Game of Thrones, but real’ OBSERVER
'Blood, divided loyalties and thundering battles' THE TIMES
‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive’ George R.R. Martin
‘He’s called a master storyteller. Really he’s cleverer than that’ TELEGRAPH
‘A reminder of just how good a writer he is’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Nobody in the world does this better than Cornwell’ Lee Child
‘Cornwell’s skill [is] in ageing his warrior-hero, who now creaks as he fights and is haunted by those he has loved and lost’ THE TIMES
‘The master still adding to his wonderful Saxon Chronicles’ SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
‘Legendary … excellent storytelling, as ever’ SUNDAY SPORT
'A violent, absorbing historical saga, deeply researched and thoroughly imagined' WASHINGTON POST--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08M9L9Q4K
- Publisher : HarperCollins (30 Sept. 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 4558 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,051 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2021
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Most of the memorable hits were played; ballads like Token Female Interests and Male Bonding Moments, and rocky numbers like Swordplay of a Guttersnipe, Withering Canister Fire and Onwards They March. There was even time for variations on two old favourites, Death to the Drummerboy and Revenge on a Bully but.... in truth they all felt like they should have retired a number of years ago - as they had, until their management persuaded them to come back out for this reunion tour.
Will they be persuaded to play a final farewell gig ?, I don't know, I probably will go to see them, but it won't be the same as the good old days when they were younger, vibrant, and were the best band in town for there was no one like them about at the time.
This song felt just like it could have been played by any other band in the market, the only difference was it was performed by this famous touring band, and no one can play their tunes like them. I therefore fondly remember them for who they were and the pleasure they once gave.
However, I intend to give The Starbucks a listen, for I understand they have the same management and play a similar tune.
It starts the day after Waterloo, has an early battle before moving on to the shadowy world of spies (combining two excellent and well used plot points from the series) before the final climatic battle. Not only that all the surviving familiar faces are there and even some from Sharpes past too. It really does have something for every Sharpe fan.
It seemed to have more humour than the other books and Cornwell has got the relationships between Sharpe his companions (yes, I am including Wellington in this) to perfection. I do have two minor criticisms, one that it seemed slightly on the shorter side and that the middle third dragged ever so slightly.
However, these are only very minor points in a book that both manages to conclude the series well (if this is to be a the final book written) but also leaves the door just ajar enough for more adventures. Truly superb!
******* a minor spoiler (maybe)
I would say that there were a few glaring inconsistencies that irked me as I read it. At the end of Sharpe's Waterloo Harry Price is made Major, yet here - a day later - he's Captain again with no explanation. And where was Lt. Simon Doggett (later Captain)? Completely absent as if he was a figment of everyone's imagination. It felt as if Cornwell hadn't actually reread Waterloo before embarking on this story.
It will be interesting to see what BC does next, Uhtred done, Sharpe (I imagine) the same, will he start some new series now he is a septuagenarian? If you do look at the Amazon reviews Mr Cornwell any chance of going back to Starbuck and finishing his story?