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Sharpe's Honor [Library Binding]

Bernard Cornwell
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June 5 2008 1435295528 978-1435295520 Reprint

A classic Sharpe adventure: Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813.

Major Richard Sharpe awaits the opening shots of the army's new campaign with grim expectancy. Victory depends on the increasingly fragile alliance between Britain and Spain - an alliance that must be maintained at any cost.
But Sharpe's enemy, Pierre Ducos, seizes a chance to both destroy the alliance and take a personal revenge on Sharpe. And when the lovely spy La Marquesa takes a hand in the game, Sharpe finds himself caught in a web of deadly intrigue and becomes a fugitive, hunted by enemy and ally alike.

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'Exciting, exuberant . . . leaves the reader waiting for the next' -- Irish Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third of the Sharpe series in the Peninsular, in chronological order. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story and Loads of Fun Aug. 27 2001
Sharpe's Honor by Bernard Cornwell is an exciting adventure story. Please note spoilers as follows. Major Sharpe is challenged to a duel by a Spanish General and is nearly hanged for his trouble. Later in order to exonerate himself he attempts to capture his accuser, the conniving and beautiful La Puta Durada. La Puta Durada (one of the neatest names in fiction) which means the golden whore, can vouch for Sharpe's innocence. Along the way he meets a psychopathic partisan named The Slaughterer, a malignant priest who wants to restore the inquisition, and Major Ducos a French spy-master. Even though there was plenty of adventure, I missed some of the minor characters, Major Hogan and Sargent Harper are practically no shows. I admit that this story does not measure up to the others in the Sharpe series. "Sharpe's Company", "Sharpe's Gold" or "Sharpe's Rifles" are better entries in the series and more exciting to read. However, "Sharpe's Honor" has its moments. The battle scenes are very realistic and surprisingly enough we are treated to more battle strategy. Normally in Cornwell's Sharpe books the point of view is from the main character Sharpe, but this time we are given several points of view of the battle and one of them (refreshingly enough) from the French side. But I must warn you the battle happens very late in the story and by then most of the plot lines have been resolved. One interesting item in the story is the prevailing theme that Sharpe should have no honor. Primarily because Sharpe came up from the ranks (starting out as a private and working up to a commissioned officer). The only one who thought Sharpe had any honor is Sharpe himself. "Sharpe's Honor" is fun and a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The surreal Sharpe Nov. 18 2002
This is the odd man out in the series (so far), which is a nice change. For much of the novel, Sharpe is out of the army, without Harper or Hogan, and on the run, trying to clear his name and win back his officer's commission.
The scene where Sharpe rescues his lover, a onetime French spy, from a nunnery is the funniest writing in the series so far (eight books and counting). And when a fortuitous explosion frees him from the French, the description of Sharpe wandering away, drunken and dazed, from the burning castle is surreal.
For anyone who thinks Sharpe is a one-dimensional hero character, Sharpe's Honor shows Sharpe's many weaknesses: his inability to sidestep a ruinous challenge to his honor; his blind obsession with a woman who is at best, fickle, at worst, treacherous; his destructive self-pity.
This novel concentrates on the interior worlds of Sharpe and other characters more than earlier books have. It's illuminating to see the battle of Vittoria from so many viewpoints. And Cornwell continues to show that truth is stranger than fiction by taking incidents that really happened, such as the bizarre looting of the French baggage train, and weaving them into the story.
Sharpe's Honor is another strong entry in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining though somewhat thin! Jan. 10 2002
This one's a fast-paced jaunt through parts of Spain during the Napoleonic Wars as the British Lord Wellington confronts and battles Napoleon's occupying forces in that country. Major Richard Sharpe, a lower class sort of guy who has worked his way up the military ranks through prior escapades and prior books, is here confronted with false charges and must prove his innocence through a secret excursion behind enemy lines. This is the stuff of great excitement. And yet I found much of it predictable and the character of the major and his "lady love" and the assorted villains all rather thin and one-dimensional. The series in which this book is placed apparently has a devoted following and this is not surprising for Cornwell has a light hand on the narrative helm and a keen eye for detail and for vividly depicting the scenes in which the tale takes place, especially in the heat of battle. But his villains are just too evil for my taste and his "good guys" too perfect. I was never in doubt, even for a moment, that the good major would work his way out of every predicament and move on, inexorably, to the next book. Maybe that's a hazard of a series like this. Anyway, it was well written if ultimately rather light reading. -- SWM
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Aug. 31 2002
Excellent adventure reading. I liked all Sharp stories.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house." Matthew 13:57

Major Richard Sharpe is a living legend to the British Army, but he finds that others don't see him as even honorable. Not knowing the Biblical advice above, he takes it personally . . . and digs a deep hole for himself.

With the death of Sharpe's wife at the end of Sharpe's Enemy, the series was bound to take a new turn in the 16th book in the chronological order of events. It's a u-turn back toward the alluring charms of La Marquesa, the blond French spy whose treacherous wiles Sharpe cannot resist. Sharpe also has problems with temptations concerning his honor. Other men are even weaker when it comes to pride and greed in this entertaining look at the narrow line between doing the right thing and going off the rails.

Sharpe's Honor nicely balances several story lines that will entertain you:

1. The battle of Vitoria, one of the most important conflicts in the Peninsular Wars.

2. A French scheme to divide Spain from the British.

3. An act of revenge aimed by Pierre Ducos at Sharpe for breaking his glasses.

4. An attempt to re-institute the Spanish Inquisition.

5. A lust story involving Sharpe and the woman known as the Golden (lady who makes herself available to all comers).

6. A fascinating look at greed from several different several dimensions.

7. Sharpe's developing sense of self-worth. Now that he's a major, he sees himself differently from before . . . and wants to be better than his betters.

8. Deadly hand-to-hand combat.

Mr. Cornwell also mixes up his writing style.
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