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Sharpe's Rifles: Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809 (Sharpe)
Sharpe's Rifles Richard Sharpe and the French Invasion of Galicia January 1809 - Sharpe
Author: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN-13: 9780002232333
ISBN-10: 0002232332
Pages: 356
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Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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Lt. Richard Sharpe has been stuck working as quartermaster for the 95th Rifles. Now he finds himself in command of a lost remnant of the regiment, cut off from the army during the disastrous retreat to Corunna.

The men don't trust him. They believe that only a gentleman can be an officer and Richard Sharpe is many things, but a gentleman is not one of them.

In order to escape, Sharpe must lead his men across the cold, bitter mountains of Galacia. He joins forces with a Spanish Major and his command. But that involves him in the Major's slightly mad scheme to produce a miracle to rally Spain.

Although this is the first Sharpe novel Cornwell wrote, I have been reading them in their chronological order, so I found the bitter and unsure Sharpe of this book a bit of a surprise.

But Cornwell and Sharpe are always dependable, blending accurate historical detail with swashbuckling adventure. Like every Sharpe book I have read, this an exciting and absorbing trip.
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This is the chronological Book 6 (and the original Book 1) of the Richard Sharpe series.

This is the first book of the Richard Sharpe series that truly had me engrossed. The previous books were interesting, but this one was different. This is what I was expecting the entire time, and it was fantastic.

Cornwell has always done such an amazing job with character development and I have been constantly frustrated by the unnaturally slow pace he has used with Sharpe. Perhaps his uncharacteristic dawdling was due to the fact that he had to gradually build up to the Richard Sharpe that we meet in this book, a living, breathing, larger than life character who was simply waiting for Cornwells prequels to catch up with him. And even though some of the prequels frustrated me, they did serve a valuable purpose. The Sharpe of this book is certainly a rich character, but he is even more so now because we already know so much more about him.

In addition to great characters (we are introduced to Patrick Harper and Blas Vivar as well), the reader is given something equally as rewarding: a really good story. Before this book, I found the Sharpe series to be a trudge rather than a treat. This book has changed that completely and I am genuinely excited to see what happens next.

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