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Sharpe's Siege [MP3 CD]

Bernard Cornwell , Frederick Davidson
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April 2009 Richard Sharpe Adventure (Book 12)
An adventure novel set in Napoleonic France, where Richard Sharpe finds himself leading a small force of riflemen in support of an ambitious and inept naval Captain's schemes. From the author of SHARPE'S BATTLE and BATTLE FLAG.
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'The same combination of thorough research and narrative drive that distinguished its predecessors. It is a gripping read.' Independent Praise for Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels: 'Sharpe is a great creation' Daily Mirror 'Consistently exciting! these are wonderful novels' Stephen King 'What makes these books such a successful formula is the blend of action, well-researched historical setting, colourful characterization and a juicy sub-plot' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Jan. 11 2002
It's 1814 and Napoleon's conquest is nearing its finish, Englishman Major Richard Sharpe is assigned to take the fortress of Teste de Buch. The fortress is deep inside enemy territory and close to the strategic city of Bordeaux. The task is to take the fortress, secure the route to Bordeaux and determine if the city will capitulate to the British. However, things do not go as planned. While taking the fortress, Shape frees an American pirate (French sympathizer) Captain Killick. Which earns him the enmity of Captain Bampfylde, the officer in charge of this mission. Later, after Sharpe leads an attack outside of Bordeaux he is abandoned by Captain Bampfylde. That leaves Sharpe stuck inside the fortress while the French lay siege. Sharpe is surrounded by Napoleon's forces and trapped deep in enemy territory. Things are hopeless, until...
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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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"He [Abishai, the brother of Joab] lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a great name among these three." -- 2 Samuel 23:18

If you like stories about facing insuperable odds in battle with steadfastness, wiliness, and courage, Sharpe's Siege will be one of your very favorite books in this delightful series. This book delivers lots of unexpected events and conflicts which seem impossible to overcome. What will Major Sharpe do next?

The war against France is finally winding down as the British-led forces expand into southern France from Spain. With a change in leadership, Sharpe finds himself to be an extra officer . . . but one who is well suited for impossible tasks. While the British Navy dreams of launching a rebellion against Napoleon, Sharpe's true orders are to be sure that enough fishing vessels are seized from a tottering fortress so that a critical bridge can be built to facilitate invasion.

Sharpe's uneasy because illness plagues the British. Will his beloved be safe while he is away?

The naval officers decide to trick Sharpe, but he saves their bacon when a plan of attack turns out to be woefully inadequate. In one of the most humorous moments in the series, Sergeant Harper's sore tooth plays a key strategic role.

But in the background, the shadowy "Major" Pierre Ducos, Napoleon's man, has a plan to destroy Sharpe in order to repay the British rifleman for breaking Ducos' glasses in Spain. The plan works all too well, and Sharpe finds himself outnumbered, outgunned, and outmaneuvered. Can he counter such diabolical preparations?

Americans will especially like this book for the large role that a privateer crew plays in the story. Those who enjoy having lots of battles in a Sharpe novel will feel like they got their money's worth from Sharpe's Siege.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring April 15 2002
On Sharpe's series in general
The deeds of a seemingly indestructible British officer, largely with Wellington's campaigns as historical background.
Like an 1800's Rambo, Richard Sharpe's saga starts depicting a rich and humane character carrying his share of both strengths and weaknesses, but as the series goes on becomes harder distinguishing him from John Wayne.
What started as a nonetheless informative compilation of historical clichés on the Napoleonic period (Indians only good for quarreling each other, bone-headed Frenchmen marching always in columns to the butchery, Spaniards as incompetent as treacherous, etc) becomes boring for anybody like myself, not convinced of the intellectual, technological and moral superiority of the Anglo-Irish stock.
On this particular book
The cherry on the top is a blatant attempt to win over the American market, through the outrageous invention of "Cornelius Killick" an American privateer through which Sharpe rediscovers the affinity between "people who speaks the same language". Please ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tne Best of the Sharpe Series June 11 2002
It becomes quite clear to me that Bernard Cornwell must have an incompetent agent because any one of his novels have better dialogue, stronger characters, more vivid settings, and by far, more exciting action than an entire year's worth of the [junk] that Hollywood puts out. The Sean Bean series, while ably acted, was a travesty to the scale and the detail of Cornwell's books. You can't low budget Cornwell. If they can throw 100 million bucks to turn a one dimensional comic book character into a movie then they can certainly risk some on Cornwell. Russell Crowe would be nice.
This book is exciting from beginning to end with a cliffhanger escape for Sharpe as thrilling as any I've seen. Cornwell also pokes a little fun at Sharpe's gullibility which is a humorous (and welcome) popping of the bubble of this man's iron immortality.
Personally I have found the Warlord series to be Cornwell's best writing but this book is one of his best.
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