Sharpe's Company

Sharpe s Company To stem the Napoleonic tide Sharpe must capture a fortress where his wife and infant daughter are trapped while protecting himself from a fellow officer determined to destroy him

  • Title: Sharpe's Company
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell Kleber de Souza Andrade
  • ISBN: 9780451213426
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • To stem the Napoleonic tide, Sharpe must capture a fortress where his wife and infant daughter are trapped while protecting himself from a fellow officer determined to destroy him.

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    1. Rifleman risen from the ranks, Officer Richard Sharpe is the sort of ill-mannered, pissed off soldier to do any dirty work that needs doing. The Battle of Badajoz in 1812 Spain looks to be just the kind of dirty our hero was made for!Most of the time, Sharpe is at odds with his commanding officers or anyone who ranks above him in anyway really, but this time he has a friend in Colonel Lawford. Of course, Lawford immediately dies. That's how Cornwell rolls. Get used to it. Nothing is made easy fo [...]

    2. Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Badajoz, Spring 1812. I have been reading the Sharpe books in chronological order, and I believe my decision is both helping me understand the evolution of the main character better, and putting a brake on my enjoyment when I come across some earlier written books ( I believe this is the third in publication order) that don't quite reach the high standards I expect from Bernard Cornwell.Sharpe's Companyis both a bit simplistic, unsophisticated and an important tur [...]

    3. Sharpe's Company is the third of Bernard Cornwell's initial series of historical novels about daring British rifleman Richard Sharpe.For new readers to the series, Sharpe was born in the gutters of London -- an orphan who had to fight and scrape his way out of his bleak world and into the ranks of the British army during the Napoleonic campaigns in Portugal and Spain (the Peninsular War). Napoleon would later refer to this on-going conflict with Wellington’s army as his “Spanish ulcer”.An [...]

    4. Bold, Professional, Ruthless – Hero and Man of Action.One day, I will have that printed on business cards. Until then, I am content to read about the exploits of Richard Sharpe, an officer brought up from the ranks, who fights as a rifleman in the Napoleonic Wars. Sharpe’s Company finds Captain Sharpe being demoted to Lieutenant thanks to bureaucrats disapproving of his gazetting. Frustrated by an old enemy’s arrival and with hurt pride, Sharpe turns his sights to Badajoz and the opportuni [...]

    5. I've been meaning to review these for ages, I read all these books a long time ago and I think I would have to re-read them to remember every story line. That's the problem with trying to review books you read over ten years ago. When I read these books it was a happy time for me as I received all the collection including the short stories as a wedding present ten years ago and as I celebrate my tenth anniversary of being married to my beautiful wife, I wanted to save my overall review of the se [...]

    6. Thirteenth in the Richard Sharpe military fiction series about an army captain who jumped up from the ranks and will do anything to keep his promotion.My TakeIt's amazing what power will do to a person, to a group. The Horse Guards in London thought it was more important to cater to men with money than with actually winning a war. Can you imagine what the English could have accomplished if they had promoted on merit instead of allowing men to buy their way into the rank they desired? As Cornwell [...]

    7. Starts with Sharpe at Ciudad Rodrigo, which the English need to get through to Badajoz.In between, he loses his captaincy of the South Essex regiment to a someone who bought the title, making him bitter about the situation.Added to the mix, his old enemy Sergeant Hakeswill is also attached to the company. The characters are all well written, Cornwell is in his element here (this is book 13 in the Sharpe series, and they've had time to mature in his imagination).It never comes across as lower vs [...]

    8. Sharpe has reached Badajoz at the start of this book in the series, it's january 1812. There's also the return of two characters from previous books, one I had hoped was dead but we're not that fortunate.Sharpe is still waiting for confirmation of his captaincy, but it's a time where promotions could be bought and sold as well as earned, and Sharpe isn't a rich man, though seemingly a well known man.Cornwell uses a blend of fact and fiction, with real characters popping up, though sometimes Shar [...]

    9. This was definitely one of my favorites. You get some good city fighting here, lots of house to house stuff. The romance angle is building and it just goes to a great climax.This is a fun series and I read all of them back to back in about a month or so. I read some of the books in one day because A) they're not that long, about 200 to 300 pages B) they're darn good and C) they don't have A,B,C lists like this.If you want good historical fiction that is entertaining and has likable characters, t [...]

    10. One of the more gripping Sharpe tales, the thrill quotient is enough to look over some of the flaws in this book. I am reading the Sharpe series in chronological order and not in order of publication. This is the 13th Sharpe tale, though one of the earlier published books. Cornwell usually have a small story inside a big actual historical story approach. This works most of the times but in some Sharpe stories the small stories are just not interesting enough and often saved by Cornwell's absolut [...]

    11. This book is one of the better entries in the series. I would give it a high 4. Sharpe suffers several setbacks and some notable successes in this novel. He loses his captaincy because his gazette is not approved, he loses command of the Light Company, his mentor and battalion commander is badly wounded and replaced by someone who doesn't believe officers risen from the ranks can do anything but administrative work, and an old nemesis returns (Sgt. Hakeswill). He does reunite with Teresa Moreno [...]

    12. I had seen the movie adaptation of Sharpe's Company before I read it and remember coming away from that one thinking Sharpe is actually a massive dickhead. In the novel, he's a lot more sympathetic yet still kind of a dick. Since Company is a lot smaller in scale and with fewer things going on than most Sharpe books, due to most of it just being the lads sitting around waiting for a siege to move on, there's more time for our hero to sit around with his angst, which is not Cornwell's strongest s [...]

    13. I think so far this is the most interesting book in the series that I have read. It offers a deeper insight into Sharpe's soul and the inner workings of his mind. The author succeeds in making his hero more human by bringing his doubts and insecurity into the forefront. The question of bravery is examined up close.The book drives more attention to the fate of the civilians, especially women and children, during the prolonged war and sieges. In this sense the book is extremely anti-war, as it des [...]

    14. This installment of the series brings back the return of a very early nemesis, Hakeswill. I didn't much like him earlier on and with him now being returned certifiably insane, I like him even less. That said, you can tell we are returning to more recently created works since the level and quality of the writing in general has markedly improved over some other recently read duds (I'm looking at you, Sharpe's Gold). While I don't think the storming of Badajoz was quite as well written as Cadiz in [...]

    15. Bernard Cornwell certainly is creative. He writes good stories in incredible historic events and in terrible wars, but there is a problem. The books don't have emotions! After reading one, the rest becomes repetitive, boring and, in the end, we don't feel anything. This one thing make a book interesting. Sharpe's Company is a good book if you don't have anything else to read and, I assure you, you won't read another one of Sharpe's stuffs.

    16. Third to be written but now the 13th in the internal chronology. The contrast to later-written sequels is jarring. Our hero is more mopey, his nemesis is cartoonishly villainous, and a minor officer's WWJD level of devotion and emulation is unbelievable.

    17. Dark days for Sharpe when his gazette is not approved and he loses his company. Despairing, he tries to be approved for the Forlorn Hope, to get his captaincy. On top of all this, Hakeswell reenters Sharpe's life. It seems too much to overcome. But we're talking about Sharpe . . .

    18. Maybe somewhere in this series Richard Sharpe will finally kill off his nemesis Obadiah Hakeswell. This is not that point. This one features a siege with a fair amount of bumbling on the part of the British, outweighed by a larger amount of bravery. Of course Sharpe is in the midst of the action.

    19. Another Sharpe book in which he overcomes the British Army's bureaucracy and snobbishness, plus a number of other objectionable characters, and wins the day by courage, intelligence and brute force.Just like all the other ones, then. But I couldn't put it down.

    20. I very much like the series - and this was one of the books I liked better than others. Probably because Sharpe is coming across as 'more' human. Showing more depth. Plus of course the crazy bady Obadaiah Hakeswill has a part again in this story.

    21. Yes, there is a formula to the Sharpe series, but I dont care. These books take me to another time and place, and do so so vividly that I can smell the powder.

    22. This is one of the better entries in the adventures of Richard Sharpe, fighting man in the army of Wellington. Cornwell brings the history of the Seige of Badajoz to life, once again making me want to take a "Sharpe tour" of Portugal and Spain. [Note to self: learn whether that's actually a thing.] The characters? Well, it's a formula. This is the 13th book, so you know by know whether that formula works for you.One negative: this entry features the return of nemesis Sgt. Obadiah Hakeswill, a ch [...]

    23. I read Sharpe's Company directly after finishing Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumph, while I was waiting for Sharpe's Fortress to become available at my local library.If you are looking for a light tour through the Sharpe series, it would be fine to take a similar path. Many years separate Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Company, but several characters appear in both books, including Lawford and a central antagonist.Further, the battles in Sharpe's Company are incredible. The siege at Ciudad Rodrig [...]

    24. Sharpe's Company is #13 in historical order but the third one written.It is 1812 and the British are in control of Portugal and now Viscount Wellington is preparing to invade French controlled Spain. To control both the main roads into Spain he has to capture the fortified cities of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz. At the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo Captain Sharpe is in charge of the Light Company of the South Essex. This siege is quickly disposed of but is followed by a number of set backs for Sharpe in [...]

    25. This book, Number 11 chronologically in the "Sharpe" series, is one of Cornwell's better efforts. It focuses on the siege and capture of the fortress of Badajoz. An effort that resulted in 4800 British dead and 3500 wounded. The story stays as close to the historical facts as is possible in a fictional work.Sharpe comes across more humanly in this story than in any of the previous ones. He suffers disappointment when his gazetted promotion to Captain is denied and he is demoted to Lieutenant. He [...]

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