Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Review – Bernard CORNWELL – “Sharpe’s Siege“

Publ: 1987
My Own
ISBN: 0 00 617524 4
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 319p
Continuing reading the series
Rating: ***** **

What led you to pick up this book?
Continuing reading the series

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814. Sharpe’s latest enemy, Pierre Ducos, is involved again as Sharpe is sent on a supposedly brief trip up the Biscay coast to attack the French on home soil. Sharpe makes an ideal scapegoat if things go wrong and, of course, they do... This is Cornwell’s favourite Sharpe novel. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t say it was my favourite.

What did you think of the characters?
I enjoyed the development of some new characters – bad guys on the allied side and good guys – Americans - on the French side.

What did you think about the style?
As in all my previous Sharpe reviews....

What did you like most about the book?
The introduction of Killick, an American privateer.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.
I do like the set of covers that have old paintings on them. Much better than the later ones.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, another essential for Sharpe fans or anyone interested in the Napoleonic wars.

BERNARD CORNWELL – see ‘Sharpe’s Havoc’

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