"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.