Siege of Seringapatam
This is where it all begins for Richard Sharpe. Baking under the hot sun on India's Mysore Plateau, Private Sharpe walks into battle for the first time under the Kings colours, guided by the brilliant story telling of author Bernard Cornwell. Along the way Sharpe is publicly flogged within an inch of his life; fakes his own desertion; leads a superior officer to moral corruption in the Sultan's whore houses; throws the depraved Sgt. Hakeswill into a cage of man-eating tigers and becomes one of the richest men in India.
Let's not forget the small matter of saving the British army outside the walls of Seringapatam either.
"Sharpe's Tiger" was written as a prequel to the best-selling literary series, yet Bernard Cornwell overcomes the inherent challenge of convincing the reader that he is meeting Richard Sharpe for the first time. In "Tiger", Cornwell plucks the Richard Sharpe readers have familiarised themselves with over the years, strips the officer's bars from his epaulettes, shaves off a few years and places him amongst the ranks as a lowly Private.
As always with Cornwell, the battle scenes in "Tiger", though smaller in scale compared to the rest of the series, are second to none in their vivid description. Throughout the book, you may be compelled to wipe the spattered blood from your face and avert your eyes from the page as buzzards become fat on the mangled flesh of battlefield casualties.
This is Richard Sharpe at his cleverest and finest, as he looks into the eye of the tiger, pulls the trigger and earns his Sergeants stripes...and fortune.
New Vocabulary: Jetti.