Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe Series #5)

Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe Series #5)

by Bernard Cornwell
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Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe Series #5) by Bernard Cornwell

"The greatest writer of historical adventures today."
Washington Post

Critically acclaimed, perennial New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell (Agincourt, The Fort, the Saxon Tales) makes real history come alive in his breathtaking historical fiction. Praised as "the direct heir to Patrick O'Brian" (Agincourt, The Fort), Cornwell has brilliantly captured the fury, chaos, and excitement of battle as few writers have ever done—perhaps most vividly in his phenomenally popular novels following the illustrious military career of British Army officer Richard Sharpe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In Sharpe's Prey, Sharpe must prove his mettle once again after performing courageously on Wellesley's battlefields in India and the Iberian Peninsula, as he undertakes a secret mission to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1807 to prevent a resurgent Napoleon from capturing the Danish fleet. Perhaps the San Francisco Chronicle said it best: "If only all history lessons could be as vibrant."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060084530
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2003
Series: Sharpe Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 90,344
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne and Warriors of the Storm, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Splendid absolutely splendid, as I've grown accustome to expect from Master Cornwell
bntt1 More than 1 year ago
You feel the battle going on around you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A nice change of pace for our loveable rogue. We get to see him righting some wrongs from his past in old blighty. Then we see him facing a foe that he is in a moral quandry about fighting. He is more spy than soldier and faces off against a very worthy female adversary. A very nice history lesson about a subject that I had never heard of. All in all, a superior entry into the sharpe chronicles!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Bernard Cornwell wrote Sharpe¿s Rifles over two decades ago, it is obvious he did not intend to add novels before the peninsular campaign. Now there are four, with the most recent being Sharp¿s Prey, a story of the British 1807 bombardment of Copenhagen with Richard Sharp serving as a spy. The story starts off slowly, with an explanation of Sharpe¿s experiences between Sharpe¿s Trafalgar and the current novel, his financial difficulties, the horror of London in 1807, and the introduction of the prey. It is not until we get half way into the book that the traditional Sharp appears, the battleground Sharp, although for the most part the spy Sharp. There is even a love interest. Some of the supporting cast comes from Sharpe¿s Trafalgar, but most are unique to this effort¿and they are well drawn and interesting. Unfortunately, they must disappear, as the remaining history between Sharp¿s Prey and Sharpe¿s Rifles is Wellington in Portugal, most likely Cornwell¿s next Sharpe story. As always, Cornwell is a superb wordsmith. His descriptions of Copenhagen are real, and, from time to time, there are sentences that summarize a character¿that say all there is to say about the character in shorthand. My only complaint is Sharpe¿s nemesis is not as evil as others are in the series¿I can almost like and understand this one.
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