The year is 1811. With the British army penned into a small part of Portugal, and all of Spain fallen to the invader except for the coastal city of Cádiz, the French appear to have won their war. Captain Richard Sharpe has no business being in Cádiz, but when an attack on a French-held bridge goes disastrously wrong, Sharpe - accompanied by Harper, his loyal Irish sergeant, and the obnoxious Brigadier Moon - finds himself in a city under French siege. It is also a town riven by political rivalry. Some Spaniards believe their country's future would be best served if they broke their alliance with Britain and forged a friendship with Napoléon's France; their cause is only strengthened when some letters written to a prostitute by the British ambassador fall into their possession. They resort to blackmail, and Sharpe, raised in the gutters of London and taught to fight, is released into the alleys of Cádiz to find the woman and retrieve the letters ....
"Once again, Cornwell is right on target, providing an irresistible combination of rousing military history, penetrating character analysis, and suspenseful martial intrigue." - Booklist.
"Recommended for anybody who likes slam-bang historical fiction." - Library Journal.
"The confusion of battle is, unsurprisingly, confusing. But Cornwell has this stuff down cold, so it's great fun even with all the smoke and noise." - Kirkus
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Bernard Cornwell was born (in 1944) and brought up in Britain, where he
worked in the British Broadcasting Centre (BBC), ending up as Head of Current
Affairs TV for the BBC in Northern Ireland. While working in Belfast he
met Judy, a visiting American, fell in love and moved to the USA with her.
For reasons unknown he was refused a Green Card, so decided to earn his living writing. His first book, 'Sharpe's Eagle', was about a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars; it was published in the early '80s.
There are now over 20 titles in the Sharpe series. In addition Cornwell has written a number of other novels, as well as several short stories. For the full list of books in series order (which is different to the publication ...
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