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Sharpe's Rifles (Sharpe Series #6) [NOOK Book]

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Bernard Cornwell's action-packed series that captures the gritty texture of Napoleonic warfare--now beautifully repackagedIt's 1809, and Napoleon's army is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety--and the only way of escape is a treacherous trek through the ...
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Sharpe's Rifles (Sharpe Series #6)

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Overview

Bernard Cornwell's action-packed series that captures the gritty texture of Napoleonic warfare--now beautifully repackagedIt's 1809, and Napoleon's army is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety--and the only way of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.


A story of a battle against impossible odds and victory snatched from defeat is the smashing prequel to the action-packed Richard Sharpe adventure series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The eight previous books about Richard Sharpe, up-from-the-ranks infantry officer in H.M. Rifles, followed him from Talavera in 1809, battling Napoleon's armies across Iberia into France in early 1814. This ``prequel'' set in January 1809 has the new Lieutenant Sharpe trying to get his small English band away from the victorious French. Sharpe hopes to join the British outpost in Lisbon but is waylaid by a Spanish major of cavalry into helping him pull off a ``miracle.'' The noble Major Vivar means to raise the flag of Spain's patron saint over Santiago de Compostela, now in French hands, as a sign that Spain will not be defeated. Readers of the earlier books will enjoy the usual smooth writing and vivid, occasionally quite gory, color. The battle scenes are thrillingly realistic and we always learn something: a macho , for example, is a mule whose vocal chords have been cut so that it can't bray and warn the enemy. The subplots revolve around Sharpe's making the recalcitrant Harper a sergeant, winning the respect of his troops and, alas, losing a fair young English girl. (September)
Library Journal
Sharpe may come to personify the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars in the same way that Horatio Hornblower does the Royal Navy. Sharpe's exploits during the Peninsular Campaigns (1809-14) have been chronicled in eight prior novels; this ``prequel'' is the story of Sharpe's first command. He becomes the leader of a force of Rifles cut off behind lines during the disastrous English retreat from Spain and battles not only crack French dragoons but also the fierce winter weather and the hostility of his men. A Spanish major offers aid if Sharpe will help with his own desperate mission to guarantee a Spanish victory. A crackling adventure yarn, sure to delight Sharpe's many fans. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101221822
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Sharpe Series , #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 35,427
  • File size: 350 KB

Meet the Author


Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series takes its hero to the battle of Waterloo--and beyond. Several novels are the basis of a television miniseries. He was born in London and lives in Chatham, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Amazing!!!

    Cornwell has failed to write a boring book yet!

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    I truly enjoy the series, and I have read all the books

    The statement:
    "Named "the direct heir to Patrick O'Brian" by The Economist," is absolutely not all that correct. I also have read the entire Aubrey-Maturin series by O'Brian, and I do not think that there is currently a "direct heir" to O'Brian.
    I feel that Cornwell, follows O'Brian's lead, but has a way to go to become his;" direct heir"; however; that said, no one else comes close.
    One example would be that Cornwell, needs to spend more time learning and writing in the dialect of the times; O'Brian wrote in the dialect (and technical aspects) of both the Royal Navy and the time in general. Therefore reading Cornwell, is fun, while reading O'Brian is both fun and an art in that one must learn, study and apply to truly appreciate O'Brians efforts and to get "down and dirty" in the books (multiple readings will always reveal something new).

    All that said, Sharpe is a character that one can bond with and the books are, as I said, fun to read and leave one wanting more.

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

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    sharpe takes on the rifles

    Having enjoyed the sharpe series for years, this is another strong entry. Learn about his first encounter with harper and the other rifleman. Cornwell's plots are always filled with detail that makes the era ring true. It gives you an education and entertains at the same time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    Here is a story of a British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars that has climbed the ranks, in a time where this is unheard of, to become an officer. British officers are gentlemen, but Richard Sharpe is not a gentlemen. Because of this, the men he is left in charge of do not respect him and do not want to follow him. Character development is great, the plot is superb and Cornwell does an excellent job at drawing you emotionally into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    Great Book

    this was the first of the sharpe's books that i read and it was one of the greatest books ive ever read. i never could put it down, the battle scenes are narrated with such detail you can see it in your head, as well as the rest of the book. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Historical Fiction at its best!!!

    Fantastic read for anyone enjoying fiction in the miltary history genre. Sharpe's unassuming reluctance in command is only overcome by his superb skills as a soldier...and a little luck here and there. Even if you don't know the history these books follow, the series compells you to cheer for Sharpe, His Majesty's 'Rifles' and their allies.

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