/ Lead title Sharpe, having just received his commission, faces his toughest battle yet in this return to India, the terrain of the bestselling Sharpe's Tiger. / The third and final Sharpe novel in India. / The 16th Sharpe book. / In this, the young and brand new officer, Richard Sharpe learns his trade in the toughest battle in India. / The first mass market publication. / Major promotion.
Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC TV for seven years, mostly as producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television's Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.
After marching his hard-fighting British rifleman Richard Sharpe through innumerable campaigns in the Napoleonic wars and beyond, Cornwell uses this latest novel to revisit a turning point in Sharpe's early career. Sharpe's Fortress is set in British India in late 1803, immediately after Arthur Wellesley (the future Wellington) has made Sharpe an officer. Typical of Cornwell's books, it quickly places the long-suffering hero in a nasty crisis and never lets up. Sharpe must fight two wars: one against the Mahratta, who defy British rule from their apparently impregnable mountaintop stronghold, the other against the class-conscious and narrow-minded British officers who won't accept an officer up from the ranks. One of the most intense and engaging Sharpe stories, this novel gains much from William Gaminara's strong reading. A can't-miss addition to libraries with patrons who appreciate well-crafted historical fiction.--R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Already a bestseller in the U.K., this 16th volume chronicling the heroic escapades of Richard Sharpe, a British soldier with Gen. Sir Arthur Wellesley (later the duke of Wellington), resumes the marathon historical narrative in India during the final battle of the Mahratta War of 1803. With an amorous French widow waiting for him back in Seringapatam, and carrying a fortune in jewels he has liberated from the Tippoo sultan, Ensign SharpeDnewly promoted from sergeantDis struggling to make a successful transition to officer responsibilities. Led by the murderous English turncoat Col. William Dodd, the Mahratta army withdraws to the impregnable mountaintop fortress of Gawilghur, where Dodd intends to defeat Wellesley and perpetrate a final treachery that will make him ruler of all India. Assigned to the service of Captain Torrance to assist with the supply train, Sharpe uncovers a large cache of misappropriated military supplies. The captain realizes that Sharpe suspects him and his sergeant, Obadiah Hakeswill, Sharpe's old nemesis, of stealing the supplies. He hands Sharpe over to Hakeswill, who takes his jewels and turns Sharpe over to a bandit leader to be killedDbut all is not lost. Resplendent with color and action, the stirring saga overwhelms the senses with the flash of sabers and the gore and din of battle. True to his adoring readers, Cornwell leaves no treachery unpunished as Sharpe again proves his mettle. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.