The Sharpe books are an historical fiction series by Bernard Cornwell focusing on Richard Sharpe’s progress in the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. After being raised from the ranks for saving the life of Wellington, Sharpe is gradually promoted through the ranks, finally becoming a lieutenant colonel.
Sharpe’s Tiger (1997) | My Review
It’s 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just an illiterate young private in His Majesty’s service, part of an expedition sent to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India. Posing as a deserter, Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoo’s city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there.
Sharpe’s Triumph (1998)
Sharpe’s hunt for a traitorous renegade British officer leads the courageous young sergeant straight into the fires and madness of India’s Battle of Assaye in September 1803.
Sharpe’s Fortress (1999)
Newly-promoted, Richard Sharpe is uncomfortable with his newfound authority and embroiled in his own private campaign. The unmistakable scent of treason is leading him to Gawilghur, an impenetrable fortress in the sky and the last refuge of desperate enemies of all dark stripes.
Sharpe’s Trafalgar (2000)
Sharpe finds himself captive on a French warship and in gravest peril on the eve of the one of the most spectacular naval confrontations in history.
Sharpe’s Prey (2001)
Richard Sharpe is back in England, where his career seems to have come to a dead end, despite his heroics in Britain’s recent victory at Trafalgar. Loveless, destitute, and relegated to the menial tasks of quartermaster, Sharpe roams the streets of London, pondering a bleak future away from the army.
Sharpe’s Rifles (1988)
Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety–and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy–infested mountains of Spain.
Sharpe’s Havoc (2003)
It is the spring of 1809 and a small British army is stranded when the French invade northern Portugal. Sharpe is cut off and tries to fight his way back to the British lines but instead is led into treacherous danger.
Sharpe’s Eagle (1981)
After the cowardly incompetence of two officers besmirches their name, Captain Richard Sharpe must redeem the regiment by capturing the most valued prize in the French Army–a golden Imperial Eagle, the standard touched by the hand of Napoleon himself.
Sharpe’s Gold (1981)
With Wellington outnumbered, the bankrupt army’s only hope of avoiding, collapse is a hidden cache of Portuguese gold. Only Captain Richard Sharpe is capable of stealing it—and it means turning against his own men.
Sharpe’s Escape (2004)
Only two obstacles stand between Napoleon’s mighty army and its seemingly certain conquest of Portugal: a land wasted and stripped of food at Wellington’s orders and Captain Richard Sharpe. But perils from within and without threaten the bold captain of the Light Company – the hatred and incompetence of a superior officer, the vicious treachery of a false ally and the overwhelming numbers of a fierce, determined enemy, combining to make Sharpe’s escape a near impossibility.
Sharpe’s Fury (2006)
With the British army penned into a small part of Portugal, and all of Spain except for the coastal city of Cadiz fallen to the invader, the French appear to have won their war. Raised in the gutters of London and taught to fight, Captain Richard Sharpe is in the Spanish capital on a mission for the British ambassador.
Sharpe’s Battle (1995)
Quartered in a crumbling Portuguese fort, Richard Sharpe and his men are attacked by an elite French unit, led by an old enemy of Sharpe’s, and suffer heavy losses. The army’s high command blame Sharpe for the disaster and his military career seems to be ruined. His only hope is to redeem himself on the battlefield.
Sharpe’s Company (2009)
Looming on the border of Portugal and Spain is the Fortress of Badajoz. It represents the last chance of the French to keep Wellington out of Spain, and Richard Sharpe must lead the assault to save his wife and daughter.
Sharpe’s Sword (1983)
Colonel Leroux, France’s most ruthless assassin, is killing Britain’s most valuable spies and it’s up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharp must tangle with LaMarquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate.
Sharpe’s Enemy (1984)
Newly promoted, Major Richard Sharpe leads his small force into the biting cold of the winter mountains, his task to rescue the well-born women held hostage by a rabble of deserters.
Sharpe’s Honour (1985)
Pierre Ducos, the wily French intelligence officer, sees a chance both to destroy the alliance and to achieve a personal revenge on Richard Sharpe. And when the lovely spy, La Marquesa, takes a hand in the game, Sharpe finds himself enmeshed in a web of political intrigue for which his military expertise has left him fatally unprepared.
Sharpe’s Regiment (1986)
A corrupt political plot threatens to put an end to the South Essex regiment and the life of Major Richard Sharpe when he investigates and discovers an illegal recruiting ring selling soldiers like cattle to other divisions.
Sharpe’s Siege (1987)
The invasion of France is under way, and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of Riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast. It is to be one of the most dangerous missions of his career.
Sharpe’s Revenge (1989)
It is 1814 and the defeat of Napolean seems imminent – if the well-protected city of Toulouse can be conquered. For Richard Sharpe, the battle turns out to be one of the bloodiest of the Peninsula Wars, and he must draw on his last reserves of strength to lead his troops to victory.
Sharpe’s Waterloo (1990)
With the emperor Napoleon at its head, and enormous French army is marching toward Brussels. The British and their allies are also converging on Brussels – in preparation for a grand society ball. And it is up to Richard Sharpe to convince the Prince of Orange, the inexperienced commander of Wellington’s Dutch troops, to act before it is too late.
Sharpe’s Devil (1992)
Five years after the Battle of Waterloo, Sharpe’s peaceful retirement in Normandy is shattered. An old friend, Don Blas Vivar, is missing in Chile, reported dead at rebel hands – a report his wife refuses to believe. She appeals to Sharpe to find out the truth.