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Sharpe's Command: The latest thrilling adventure from the best-selling master of historical fiction, the perfect gift for Christmas 2023

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The ending was terribly predictable and I could not wait to finish it and get onto something more authentic. There is one new character, though how close to the historical person the portrayal is I don't know: Lieutenant "Cupid" Love. Sharpe retired several books back and now suddenly we're going back and picking up adventures that happened prior to his retirement. The French troops his squad encounters are universally described as being fairly useless, stupid (or ignorant) conscripts with a couple of officers taking mild "correct" action. I loved that his wife Teresa was a Partisan commander in her own right, while the small band of riflemen under his command was also filled with interesting characters.

We import first-rate saltpetre from India and the French are forced to scrape it from the walls of cesspits, poor devils.Featuring extraordinary illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and an exclusive introduction by Janina Ramirez, each of the 750 numbered copies has been signed by both contributors. Things pretty much go according to plan, and this brings the battle to Almaraz and the French-occupied fortresses on each of the banks of the Tagus River. And we get to read about the dear departed Mrs Sharpe having a particularly brutal duel with a partisan. It had been sheer pride and overconfidence that had persuaded him that he could win, and in the end he had only been saved by Teresa and her partisans.

He's previously portrayed as skillful and is the best shot yet old and frail Now he is literally everywhere. As others have mentioned Sharpe was only a captain at this period of his story line, so how come he's suddenly a major? His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.His other fiction titles include The Starbuck Chronicles (1993–6), The Warlord Chronicles (1995–7), The Grail Quest Series (2000–12), The Last Kingdom books (2004– ), Azincourt (2008) and Fools and Mortals (2017). I remember a time when to pick up a Cornwall book was good but the reputation is being damaged by seriously bad fodder. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook).

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