Book Reviews of Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, Bk 1)

Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, Bk 1)
Sharpe's Tiger - Sharpe, Bk 1
Author: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN-13: 9780061012693
ISBN-10: 0061012696
Publication Date: 10/1/1997
Pages: 487
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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According to the chronology of the series, this is the first Sharpe book, the first of all the adventures.

So, in the beginning, Sharpe is a common foot soldier in the army, serving in India. Unfortunately for him, Sergeant Hakeswill is also there and already determined to make trouble for Sharpe.

So through Hakeswill's maneuvering, Sharpe finds himself sentenced to a flogging of 1000 lashes, a virtual death sentence.

Sharpe's luck holds, sort of, and after "only" 200 lashes, he is summoned to the general's tent. There he is given the assignment of pretending to desert and go over to the Tipoo Sultan's side in order to try and rescue an officer who was captured and has vital information about the enemy.

So Sharpe find's himself stuck inside a fortified city about to be attacked by the British army. The only way to stay alive is to fight against his own men. If he can succeed he will be made a sergeant, if he fails he faces either grizzly execution by strong man or being lunch for the Tipoo's tigers.

This is an excellent book, well written and compelling. There is lots of action and some quiet moments for reflection as well. It is a must read for anyone who is a fan of the Sharpe series.
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This is the chronological Book 1 of the Richard Sharpe series.

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. And since I have never really been all that interested in Britain's military exploits in India, I thought that Cornwell would be the person who could bring it to life for me.

With all of the hype surrounding this series, I actually thought that this book would be much better. I don't know quite what I was expecting (Sharpe as another Uhtred, perhaps?) but I found this story to be rather tedious and slightly dull. We get to meet Private Richard Sharpe and to witness his exploits in Seringapatam, but there was far less character development than I would have preferred for a character who is supposed to carry an entire series.

As always, Cornwell is meticulous with his research, but I did grow a little weary of the extensive military maneuverings and artillery descriptions. Perhaps I am more partial to the Saxon era of longbows and shield walls, because the seemingly endless descriptions of cannon and muskets did not interest me nearly as much.

It wasn't a bad book...it's just that I was expecting it to be better. But this is the "first" book in what turned out to be a rather long series, so I will give the others a try and see if it improves.
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A first-rate adventure tale. There was a bit too much emphasis on hardware and tactics for my taste, but otherwise an very entertaining book. Cornwell seems to be a careful researcher and is certainly an above-average writer, adhering to the basics of the historical background while embellishing the story to enhance plot and characters.
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Early Richard Sharpe, in India
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This is the chronological Book 1 of the Richard Sharpe series.

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. And since I have never really been all that interested in Britain's military exploits in India, I thought that Cornwell would be the person who could bring it to life for me.

With all of the hype surrounding this series, I actually thought that this book would be much better. I don't know quite what I was expecting (Sharpe as another Uhtred, perhaps?) but I found this story to be rather tedious and slightly dull. We get to meet Private Richard Sharpe and to witness his exploits in Seringapatam, but there was far less character development than I would have preferred for a character who is supposed to carry an entire series.

As always, Cornwell is meticulous with his research, but I did grow a little weary of the extensive military maneuverings and artillery descriptions. Perhaps I am more partial to the Saxon era of longbows and shield walls, because the seemingly endless descriptions of cannon and muskets did not interest me nearly as much.

It wasn't a bad book...it's just that I was expecting it to be better. But this is the "first" book in what turned out to be a rather long series, so I will give the others a try and see if it improves.
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This is the chronological Book 1 of the Richard Sharpe series.

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. And since I have never really been all that interested in Britain's military exploits in India, I thought that Cornwell would be the person who could bring it to life for me.

With all of the hype surrounding this series, I actually thought that this book would be much better. I don't know quite what I was expecting (Sharpe as another Uhtred, perhaps?) but I found this story to be rather tedious and slightly dull. We get to meet Private Richard Sharpe and to witness his exploits in Seringapatam, but there was far less character development than I would have preferred for a character who is supposed to carry an entire series.

As always, Cornwell is meticulous with his research, but I did grow a little weary of the extensive military maneuverings and artillery descriptions. Perhaps I am more partial to the Saxon era of longbows and shield walls, because the seemingly endless descriptions of cannon and muskets did not interest me nearly as much.

It wasn't a bad book...it's just that I was expecting it to be better. But this is the "first" book in what turned out to be a rather long series, so I will give the others a try and see if it improves.
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Excellent background for the Sean Bean BBC productions of Sharpe's adventure.
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This is the chronological Book 1 of the Richard Sharpe series.

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. And since I have never really been all that interested in Britain's military exploits in India, I thought that Cornwell would be the person who could bring it to life for me.

With all of the hype surrounding this series, I actually thought that this book would be much better. I don't know quite what I was expecting (Sharpe as another Uhtred, perhaps?) but I found this story to be rather tedious and slightly dull. We get to meet Private Richard Sharpe and to witness his exploits in Seringapatam, but there was far less character development than I would have preferred for a character who is supposed to carry an entire series.

As always, Cornwell is meticulous with his research, but I did grow a little weary of the extensive military maneuverings and artillery descriptions. Perhaps I am more partial to the Saxon era of longbows and shield walls, because the seemingly endless descriptions of cannon and muskets did not interest me nearly as much.

It wasn't a bad book...it's just that I was expecting it to be better. But this is the "first" book in what turned out to be a rather long series, so I will give the others a try and see if it improves.
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This is the chronological Book 1 of the Richard Sharpe series.

Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Bernard Cornwell. And since I have never really been all that interested in Britain's military exploits in India, I thought that Cornwell would be the person who could bring it to life for me.

With all of the hype surrounding this series, I actually thought that this book would be much better. I don't know quite what I was expecting (Sharpe as another Uhtred, perhaps?) but I found this story to be rather tedious and slightly dull. We get to meet Private Richard Sharpe and to witness his exploits in Seringapatam, but there was far less character development than I would have preferred for a character who is supposed to carry an entire series.

As always, Cornwell is meticulous with his research, but I did grow a little weary of the extensive military maneuverings and artillery descriptions. Perhaps I am more partial to the Saxon era of longbows and shield walls, because the seemingly endless descriptions of cannon and muskets did not interest me nearly as much.

It wasn't a bad book...it's just that I was expecting it to be better. But this is the "first" book in what turned out to be a rather long series, so I will give the others a try and see if it improves.
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I have been reading this on the bus and find it help pass the time well. The plot complications are skillfully done and I will read another book from the series. I cannot judge the authenticity of the portrayal of India given in the days of the John Company, having only a superficial acquaintance with Hindu customs through the Economist, a few issues of the India Times magazine supplement, an upper division geography class on South Asia, and John Masters, but it reads well.
In an afterword, the author offers a few pages of discussion about the historical facts that he began with when he wove this very nice tale.
Some kind person left two boxes and two bags of blood and thunder books of the type often read by guys at the old soldiers' home. No takers of this Cornwell series after eight weeks so I will take them to the VA Hospital where there are many more readers.
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I ordered this after seeing the min-series re-run on PBS. It is a good, tight action series that unfortunately followed the plot of the teevee program so closely that I knew what was coming.
Still if you hadn't seen the PBS/BBC production it's a cracking god read!