Sharpe's Devil

Sharpe's Devil

Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821

Book - 1992
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Publisher: Hampton, N.H. : Eagle Large Print, c1992
ISBN: 9780792714675
Characteristics: 358 p. (large print) : map ; 25 cm


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May 07, 2020

Patience is needed as this adventure tale starts slowly but accelerates to a stunning conclusion (and reveals how narrowly the course of history might have diverted by ill timing). The author, Bernard Cornwell, demonstrates his care in researching the historical background of his fictional tale with geographical, nautical and historical personality details. Unfortunately Cornell becomes doctrinaire at several times to the detriment of the flow of the action. Readers who enjoyed this novel would likely enjoy the fast-paced, historical adventure fiction "With Cochrane the Dauntless" and "Under Drake's Flag" by George Alfred Henty which are available as free ebooks from the Internet Archive.

Mar 13, 2012

This book marks the end of one of the greater literary sagas i have ever enjoyed. If you have not read any Sharpe books yet, do not read this. Start from book one - Sharpe's tiger- and follow him through the years.

Nov 25, 2010

The Napoleonic wars are long over when Sharpe and Harper are called from retirement by the wife of one of their war
companions,Blas Vivar, now Captaine-General of Chile. The adventure takes them to call on Napoleon the deposed dictator in exile on St. Helena before they sail around Cape Horn to Chile. It seems no one knows anything about the general's whereabouts. Sharpe takes things into his own hands but to no avail: he and Harper, relieved olf their bribery money are unceremoniously tgossed into a Chilean ship which is expected to take them far, far away.
Until the ship is overtaken by rebels who take the ship captive and sail it back to Chile. There's lots of mayhem as Thomas Cochrane comandeers the ship, sails it back to Chile, and though vastly outnumbered, conquers one of Chile's most important settlements. And oh yes, the Captain --- he's found after having been exiled to some secluded islands off Chile's west coast.
As usual, a good book, well written. And p.s. Thomas Cochrane was a real figure in history --- not just some impossibly larger than life fictional concoction.


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May 18, 2020

"[Admiral] Cochrane ... stared at the retreating guard boat and seemed bereft of ideas. Fraser and the other officers waited for his orders, but Cochrane had none to give ... All plans are nothing but predictions, and like all predictions they were likely to be transformed by their first collision with reality, but the art of war was to prepare for such collisions and have a second or a third or a fourth option ready. Cochrane suddenly had no such options to hand. ... Was this how Napoleon had been on the day of Waterloo? Sharpe wondered. He watched Cochrane and saw a man in emptiness, a clever man drained of invention who seemed helpless to stop the tide of disaster flooding across him. (p. 414)


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