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Sharpe's Fortress (Richard Sharpe Adventure Series #3) Paperback – Jan 1 1999

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (Jan. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002259079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002259071
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 24 2008
Format: Paperback
Sharpe's Fortress is the third of the stories about Richard Sharpe in India. If you haven't read Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumph, I strongly urge you to read those books before this one. You'll like them, and they provide very helpful background for the events in Sharpe's Fortress.

After saving Sir Arthur Wellesley's life at the Battle of Assaye (described in Sharpe's Triumph, book two in chronology in the series), Richard Sharpe was raised out of the ranks into the officer class as an ensign. In Sharpe's Fortress, it becomes obvious that he's arrived in no man's land in a Scottish unit. The Scots don't want any English in the unit; most ensigns are about 12 years old and don't do anything except watch; and men in the ranks are jealous of Sharpe's promotion.

It is kindly suggested that Sharpe either sell his commission or join a new unit, one based in England. Sharpe doesn't want to do either one, and he's even more depressed when he is asked to take a temporary assignment helping get the supplies up to the front lines.

Arriving at his new assignment, it's clear that something is badly wrong. Needed supplies are being stolen left and right. Sharpe quickly gets to the bottom of the thefts and develops new enemies. Meanwhile, his old enemy Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill has survived Sharpe's last attempt to do away with him in Sharpe's Triumph and has new plans for Sharpe.

The main focus of the story is on the continuing war between the British and their allies and the Mahrattas in India. Turncoat William Dodd has gained every higher rank in the Mahratta forces and is looking forward to a huge victory when the British come to attack the seemingly impregnable fortress of Gawilghur.
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Format: Paperback
This is the summation of the Cornwell's "India Trilogy" which follows British Soldier Richard Sharpe during the Mahratta War of 1803. In this novel, the English army must somehow take Gawalghur, a seemingly impenetrable mountaintop fortress and last bastion of the Mahratta army.
This is an excellent historical/military novel in that the siege of Gawalghur is explained in dramatic terms; the tactics, the officers, the siege itself, are all here. As always, Cornwell is unmatched in his talent for bringing military affairs to life. I felt as if I was right there with the engineers and soldiers, sweating in the noonday sun. And, of course, the bloodletting is always well described in a cornwell book.
During the intense military maneuverings, Sharpe has uncovered a crooked officer, who is misappropriating military supplies and sealing them on the black market. Sharpe is nearly killed for his discover, and then seeks revenge Richard Sharpe style.
Just a great book with great characters. Cornwell is particularly adept at writing a great villain. Sharpe's nemesis, the horrid Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill is here, of course, but my favorite bad guy was the crooked officer Captain Torrence. This guy puts the "C" in Creepy. In a beautiful bit of character development, Cornwell has Torrence nearly always receiving his staff in the nude. He explains this nudeness by claiming that with India being so hot and all, he just finds it more comfortable. Not so bad in and of itself, but what makes him creepy is the pleasure he takes at everyone's discomfort when in his presence.
Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, is here as well, perfectly described in his ever developing relationship to Richard Sharpe.
Buy it. You can't go wrong with a Sharpe book.
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By A Customer on Feb. 26 2002
Format: Paperback
Ensign Richard Sharpe of British 74th Infantry struggles with his assignment. Newly promoted as an officer to a Scottish regiment has him feeling like a fifth wheel. When the opportunity came for reassignment, he jumped at the chance and moved to the supply division under the command of Captain Torrance. Unbeknownst to Sharpe, Captain Torrance has enlisted the aid of Sharpe's worst enemy Sargent Obadiah Hakeswill. Now Sharpe must somehow outwit and survive the evil clutches of Torrance and Hakeswill. His objective is to rid the army of these two thieves and transfer to the newly formed Rifle division. Sharpe is surrounded by crooks, feckless officers and trapped deep in enemy territory. Things are hopeless, until...the Battle For Gawilghur.
I didn't want to give too much away.
As evidenced by "Sharpe's Fortress", Bernard Cornwell writes good books. He is fun to read and his stores are always packed with adventure, action and intrigue. As with all of Sharpe books they keep you interested until the end. I have trouble putting them down. Cornwell's style is fast paced plots and he keeps the story going, you may guess the ending but who cares, half the fun is getting there.
If this is your first Sharpe book don't let it be your last, Sharpe's Eagle or Sharpe's Company are among the best in the series. However, all of Cornwell's Sharpe books are good reads, you will not be disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
Most people are familiar with Richard Sharpe from the TV series based on later action in Spain. This novel (copyright 1999) steps back in time to 1803. The setting is India, and Sharpe has just risen from the ranks to become a somewhat old ensign, resented by his new regiment ("you can put a saddle on a cart horse, but..."). The story opens with action against Mahrattas at Argaum, and ends with the siege of Gawilghur.
Sharpe is a poorly educated refuge from the streets and a foundling home, the son of a prostitute, who has found a home in the British Army. He is a rough individual, willing to slit a man's throat, especially if the person has done him wrong. He has limited luck with women and learns the meaning of "Never, never trust a woman. You'll be sorry if you do." He had some luck acquiring jewels as his share of the spoils after a previous battle, but has trouble concealing them and hanging on to them.
Sharpe must contend with old enemies, such as Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill, and some new enemies. He is a good man to have on your side in a fight, and is admired by some officers for his accomplishments. The novel has lots of action, considerable violence, but little sexual content. I would give it a PG-13 rating.
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