Sharpe's Eagle (The Sharpe Series)
Registered by engelsman of Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on 6/7/2018
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ACTION & HEROICS
"You're under arrest, Sharpe, and I am ordered to tell you that Sir Henry will request a General Court Martial."
Sharpe laughed. It was the only possible response.
"It's no laughing matter! You are ordered to surrender your sword to me."
"Will you fetch it, Gibbons?" Sharpe said.
"Or shall I bring it to you?"
He drew the thirty-five inches of steel.
Soldier, hero, rogue -- the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.
In which the newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent Colonel, leads his men in the Battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous enemy.
Sharpe and his dwindling group of Rifles are assigned to escort an Engineer Major as he attempts to demolish a bridge so that the French cannot use it to outflank Wellesley's army. The first problem is that the bridge is in Spanish territory, so diplomacy dictates that a Spanish regiment must accompany them. The second is that to even things up, a British regiment of yeoman must go too, and they are commanded by Sir Henry Simmerson, a Colonel of Militia who can bluster through the theory and regulations, but has no clue about the battlefield.
Sharpe is actually a very likeable hero -- in complete contrast to that cad Flashman whose stories cover a similar time period -- who contrives to do the right and honourable thing despite the adversity of army life.
A good bit of escapism to read while travelling.
Journal Entry 2 by engelsman at OBCZ Hotel De Doelen in Leiden, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, September 08, 2018
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
relocated from Kapper Eric's to the overflowing bookshelf under the stairs