Sharpe's Eagle

Sharpe's Eagle

Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809

eBook - 2004
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An up-from-the-ranks officer in Wellington's army determines to capture one of the golden eagles possessed by each of Napoleon's battalions, his private revenge and a small part of the panorama of the epochal Battle of Waterloo.
Publisher: New York : Signet, 2004, c1981
ISBN: 9781101220016
1101220015
9780786554065
0786554061
Characteristics: 1 online resource (280 p.)

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Scott43
Dec 02, 2014

A fun exciting fast paced book. I first read it as a teen and became a Sharpe fan. Cornwell creates great heroes even better villains.

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Jun 18, 2010

Sharpe’s Eagle.

Bernhard Cronwell is an author of considerable skill --- historical fiction is his stock in trade. Some of his other novels have been set in medieval England --- one called Stonehenge, was set in pre-historic England.
This time the action takes place during the Napoleonic wars at the beginning of the nineteenth century and set in Spain. Napoleon attacks the English in Spain who have come to help prop up the Spanish --- or at least help contain the French. Cronwell has written numerous (at least twenty) volumes that follow the adventures of Sharpe, Lieutenant of a small band of Riflemen. Sharpe is our lucky hero who cheats death at every turn and in this novel redeems the loss of his company’s colours by returning the favour to the French by stealing one of their eagles. Needless to say this is frought with danger.
The novel also features a plucky sidekick; bullying and incompetent commanding Officers; and as usual, blood, guts, gore and dead bodies so numerous they’re stacked like cordwood.
We continue with our education in military strategy; how war was waged during the early years of the nineteenth century and the technology of killing (bet you didn’t know where the term Schrapnel came from).
Just one word of warning --- Cornwell’s books, though gripping and entertaining, can, just judging from personal experience, become quite addictive.

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