Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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In a battery of events that will make a hero out of an illiterate private, a young Richard Sharpe poses as the enemy to bring down a ruthless Indian dictator backed by fearsome French troops.

The year is 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just beginning his military career. An inexperienced young private in His Majesty's service, Sharpe becomes part of an expedition to India to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive out his French allies. To penetrate the Tippoo's...

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Overview

In a battery of events that will make a hero out of an illiterate private, a young Richard Sharpe poses as the enemy to bring down a ruthless Indian dictator backed by fearsome French troops.

The year is 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just beginning his military career. An inexperienced young private in His Majesty's service, Sharpe becomes part of an expedition to India to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive out his French allies. To penetrate the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there, Sharpe has to pose as a deserter. Success will make him a sergeant, but failure will turn him over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners -- or, worse -- his man-eating tigers. Picking his way through an exotic and alien world. Sharpe realizes that one slip will mean disaster. And when the furious British assault on the city finally begins, Sharpe must take up arms against his true comrades to preserve his false identity, risking death at their hands in order to avoid detection and thus to foil the Tippoo's well-set trap.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
The world may have a new literary hero. His name is Richard Sharpe.
Library Journal
Cornwell's popular Richard Sharpe novels have marched his army hero through India campaigns and Europe's Napoleonic Wars, while raising him from lieutenant to lieutenant colonel. Sharpe's Tiger goes back to when Sharpe was an illiterate private in southern India in 1799. Despite Sharpe's humble station, Cornwell gives him one of his greatest adventures, making him appear to be a deserter who joins the enemy army of the Tippoo of Mysore. In this precarious position, Sharpe faces not only the danger of being exposed--and possibly fed to tigers--but of being killed by his own countrymen. Throw into this mix his feud with the psychotic Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill, and we have one of the most gripping and satisfying stories in the entire saga. Frederick Davidson's strong reading makes this a nearly perfect audiobook; another can't-miss acquisition for most libraries.--Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Internet Bookwatch
In Sharpe's Tiger, Richard Sharpe must fight behind enemy lines as the British army seeks to overthrow the tyrant Tippoo of Mysore and drive his French allies out of India in 1799. Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller with the ability to rivet his readers attention to his vivid plots, exotic yesteryear scenarios, and memorable characters. This superbly produced, unabridged audiobook edition featured the magnificent narrative skills of Frederick Davidson who truly brings alive the thrills, dangers and plot twists that are the hall mark of Bernard Cornwell's historical adventures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061804731
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Sharpe Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 15,416
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bernard Cornwell is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, and most recently Death of Kings; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Chapter One

It was funny, Richard Sharpe thought, that there were no vultures in England. None that he had seen, anyway. Ugly things they were. Rats with wings.

He thought about vultures a lot, and he had a lot of time to think because he was a soldier, a private, and so the army insisted on doing a ot of his thinking for him. The army decided when he woke up, when he slept, when he ate, when he marched, and when he was to sit about doing nothing and that was what he did most of the time—nothing. Hurry up and do nothing, that was the army's way of doing things, and he was fed up with it. He was bored and thinking of running.

Him and Mary. Run away. Desert. He was thinking about it now, and it was an odd thing to worry about right now because the army was about to give Richard Sharpe his first proper battle. He had been in one fight, but that was five years ago and it had been a messy, confused business in fog, and no one had known why the 33rd Regiment was in Flanders or what they were supposed to be doing there and in the end they had done nothing except fire some shots at the mist-shrouded French and the whole thing had been over almost before young Richard Sharpe had known it had begun. He had seen a couple of men lolled. He remembered Sergeant Hawthorne's death best because the Sergeant had been hit by a musket ball that drove a rib clean out of his red coat. There was hardly a drop of blood to be seen, just the white rib sticking out of the faded red cloth. "You could hang your hat on that," Hawthorne had said in a tone of wonder, then he had sobbed, and after that he had choked up blood and collapsed. Sharpe had gone on loadingand firing, and then, just as he was beginning to enjoy himself, the battalion had marched away and sailed back to England. Some battle.

Now be was in India. He did not know why he was invading Mysore and nor did he particularly care. King George III wanted Richard Sharpe to be in India, so in India Richard Sharpe was, but Richard Sharpe had now become bored with the King's service. He was young and he reckoned life had more to offer than hurrying up and doing nothing. There was money to be made. He was not sure how to make money, except by thieving, but he did know that he was bored and that he could do better than stay on the bottom of the dungheap. That was where he was, he kept telling himself, the bottom of a dungheap and everyone knew what was piled on top of a dungheap. Better to run, he told himself. All that was needed to get ahead in the world was a bit of sense and the ability to kick a bastard faster than the bastard could kick you, and Richard Sharpe reckoned he had those talents right enough.

Though where to run in India? Half the natives seemed to be in British pay and those would turn you in for a handful of tin pice, and the ice was only worth a farthing, and the other Indians were all fighting against the British, or readying to fight them, and if he ran to them he would just be forced to serve in their armies. He would fetch more pay in a native army, probably far more than the tuppence a day Sharpe got now after stoppages, but why change one uniform for another? No, he would have to ran to some place where the army would never find him, or else it would be the firing squad on some hot morning. A blast of musket shots, a scrape in the red earth for a grave, and next day the rats with wings would be yanking the guts out of your belly like a bunch of blackbirds tugging worms out of a land.

That was why he was thinking about vultures. He was thinking that he wanted to run, but that he did not want to feed the vultures. Do not get caught. Rule number one in the army, and the only rule that mattered. Because if you got caught the bastards would flog you to death or else reorganize your ribs with musket balls, and either way the vultures got fat.

The vultures were always there, sometimes circling oil long wings that tilted to the sudden winds of the warm upper air and sometimes standing hunched on branches. They fed on death and a marching army gave them a glutton's diet, and now, in this last year of the eighteenth century, two allied armies were crossing this hot fertile plain in southern India. One was a British army and the other belonged to a British ally, the Nizam of Hyderabad, and both armies provided a feast of vulture fodder. Horses died, oxen died, camels died, even two of the elephants that had seemed so indestructible had died, and then the people died. The twin armies had a tail ten times longer than themselves: a great sprawl of camp followers, merchants, herders, whores, wives, and children, and among all of those people, as it did among the armies themselves, the plagues ran riot. Men died with bloody dysentery, or shaking with a fever or choking on their own vomit. They died struggling for breath or drenched in sweat or raving like mad things or with skins blistered raw. Men, women, and children all died, and whether they were buried or burned it did not matter because, in the end, the vultures fed on them anyway, for there was never enough time nor sufficient timber to make a proper funeral pyre and so the vultures would zip the half-cooked flesh off the scorched bones, and if the bodies were buried then no amount of stones heaped on the soil would stop the scavenging beasts from digging up the swollen, rotting flesh and the vultures' hooked beaks took what the ravenous teeth left behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    The First And The Best (Chronologically)

    A fabulous book. I am a voracious reader but only of good novels and as a measure of the goodness of the Sharpe series, not a single one has taken me more than a day to read. Fantastic stuff. Sharpe is in India at the turn of the 18th century. After a merciless whipping he is miraculously freed to go on a secret mission to infiltrate Seringapatam and foil the plans of the Tippoo sultan all the while hoping to rescue a Scottish colonel. He succeeds royally, killing the Tippoo, taking a considerable amount of wealth, and a promotion to sergeant. A great historical novel by Bernard Cornwell.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Good Book, Bad Ebook

    This ebook looks like a bad scan and OCR job. Misspellings all over the place. Multiple spellings of the same name on the same page. All of these errors could have been easily fixed, but someone didn't bother.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Ben S. Harris p5 English 22 September 2012

    Ben S.
    Harris p5
    English
    22 September 2012
    Sharpe's Tiger was quite the enjoyable read for me, as I am very much a history lover. Bernard Cornwell skillfully brings the reader back into the world of the British Empire and her territories. The setting is in 1799 India when the British Empire was in conflict with the Tippoo Sultan. The protagonist of the story, Richard Sharpe, is a Private in the British Army and he becomes tasked with contacting a Scottish Spy working for the Empire, however this spy is located within the Tippoo Sultan's city. If he completes his task Sharpe earns the rank of Sergeant, and the highest achievement of his career. The author, Bernard Cornwell, vividly describes men killing men, and writes some of the most jaw clenching, suspenseful, and most gripping battles I have ever read. The most prevalent theme throughout the novel is courage, and at the beginning of the book, Sharpe is contemplating deserting the army and running away with a love interest, Mary Bickerstaff. Instead of deserting, he puts himself in the middle of the enemy's home, posing as a friend of the Sultan. He must choose to betray Tippoo and risk being executed by him, or, if he fails his mission, falls prey to the wrath of the British Empire. This book was a fantastic read, and I am in the midst of acquiring the next novel in the series; I liked it a lot.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Highly recommended for readers interested in adventure

    If you enjoy military historical fiction you will like this series. Great descriptions of maneuvers and tactics. I just finished book four of the series and no doubt I will read them all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Too many errors

    Needs to be proofread better. There's about 78 pages of scanning errors that were missed - including incomplete sentences! Otherwise a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Sloppily printed

    I love Bernard Cornwell and the story was very good. Whoever converted the book to the Nook electronic version, however, did an awful job. There were incorrect words and misspellings on almost every page. The kind that spell check will overlook. Does anyone proof these versions??
    Errors like this are very distracting and diminish the reading pleasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    Sharpe's Tiger ebook edition

    I am annoyed that the book jacket is not available on this ebook. Also, in this edition, the word "die" appears several times where the word should be "the." It's as if it was translated from German! So, my satisfaction with the ebook is not complete. The novel itself, however, is great. I don't think the Sharpe novels are the best of Cornwell's creations, but that's like saying a nine carat diamond isn't quite as good as a 10 carat diamond. Cornwell is a first-rate writer and, even though the Sharpe books lack some of the depth of his other novels, they are still great reads -- far better than the average in this genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Eaglejal

    Excellent historical read very informative did not want to put book down other than a few typos this read was top notch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Excellent as usual. 4 stars because of typos

    Alot of typos but a very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Awesome

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    There was no editing for this nook book

    I enjoy the Richard Sharpe series, and decided to re-read some of my favorites, but this time on my Nook. It was just as fun the second time, but the editing seemed to be non-existent. The name of Appah Rao would appear on the same page as Appah Rao and Appall Rao. The word "rubble" appeared as "nibble". It was interesting that the British forces were climbing the "great mound of nibble". It would be nice if these books could be edited a little more carefully.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    I love the fun of the Sharp series! They are written with just

    I love the fun of the Sharp series! They are written with just enough detail to make you feel like you are part of the adventure, but not so much that you get bored from too many details from the author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Well worth a read

    I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction and was as such a little hesitant to read this, but I needn't have worried. It's very readable and walks the line of facts vs story very well. My only complaint is that there are many typos throughout; not enough to make the book unreadable but annoying all the same. Though it was amusing to read about soldiers praying to "Cod", I expect better for my money.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    Not quite up to snuff, compared to earlier entries into the seri

    Not quite up to snuff, compared to earlier entries into the series, but still well worth the read, and quite enjoyable.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    New Sharpe Fan!

    I read Cornwell's Saxon series and enjoyed them immensely. Was a little more hesitant about the period setting for the Sharpe series, the Napoleonic Wars. I shouldn't have worried Cornwell's great storytelling, love'm and hate'm characters, and gift for rendering historical detail has now carried me through the first 11 or so of these novels--and I'll be reading them all. If you haven't read any Cornwell yet, you're lucky to have do much to delve into. If you like historical fiction, he's a master.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Blackthorn

    Go to poison claw result one if not violet eyes r one

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    A magnificent introduction of a magnificent character

    The only flaw in this E-book is they often have the word "the" replaced with "die."

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Good book for men

    This was not the first book of the series written, but it was good never the less. Actually, I suspect that Cornwell's experience makes the beginning of Sharp's story better than it would have been if it was written first. The soldier in Sharp bears the mark of authenticity, as do the battle scenes. The foil between Sharp and Hawkeswell is quite intense. In the same way, the friendship between Sharp and Lawson is nearly touching. McCandless is a downright arresting character. Hemmingway says it is the luck of a writer to live during a time of war. Whether corwell experienced war, I don't know, I have no experience with which to compare it, but his knowledge of the history and tactics of the period are convincing. The plot is straightforward and the relationships are predictable, but the story is entertaining, if you can get past the realism of the warfare. The gore is graphic. Some of the language is pretty salty. However, the sexual content is very understated, much more than might be expected in such obviously testerone driven writing. That reserve keeps the reader paying attention to the story ... a good technique.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    Richard Sharpe

    Excellent reading. I like a story that totally draws you in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great start to a wonderful series

    One of my favorites! Great story and strong characters. The historical accuracy is fantastic and will leaving you wanting to learn more (about the particulars in the book) and continue the series.
    Read them in chronological order for max benefit and fun.
    A GREAT BOOK!!!

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