È l'inverno del 1809: mentre le truppe di Napoleone Bonaparte stanno dilagando in Spagna, l'esercito britannico è costretto alla ritirata. Richard Sharpe, valoroso tenente dell'esercito di Sua Maestà Britannica, è al comando di uno sbandato distaccamento di Fucilieri, rimasti isolati e circondati dalle forze nemiche. Loro unica speranza di salvezza è accettare l'aiuto di un improbabile alleato, il nobile spagnolo Blas Vivar e il suo gruppo di Cazadores. All'insaputa di Sharpe, però, gli spagnoli coltivano un piano disperato che porterà a un assalto suicida a Santiago di Compostela e a un feroce combattimento contro nemici numericamente superiori.
Con questo scatenato romanzo storico avventuroso, Bernard Cornwell ci trasporta direttamente sui campi di battaglia del XIX secolo e ci restituisce gli umori di un'epoca in cui la guerra, per molti, era una ragione di vita e la vittoria l'unica ricompensa.
- ISBN: 887818957X
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 392
Sharpe knew himself to be a tough man, but he had always thought of himself as a reasonable one, yet now, in the mirror of William’s nervousness, he saw himself as something far worse: a bullying man who would use the small authority of his rank to frighten men… In February 1809 the British army unde Leggi tutto
More of a 2.5, but definitely my least favorite of the series so far. I didn't care for the reader, Fredrick Davidson, which didn't help. While he was tolerable, his Spanish voices were very low, gravelly, & almost unintelligible at times, while all his Irish voices were very high & lilting. Since o Leggi tutto
This read almost like an origins story for Sharpe. It shows how he first took command of the Rifles, how Sergeant Harper because his best friend, and how the British army began the long process of driving Napoleon and the French out of Spain. The best thing about this book by far was actually nothin Leggi tutto
Number 6 in the Sharpe series. This story takes place just after the French defeated the British at the battle of Corunna in 1809. The British are in disarray trying to get to safety via the coast where the British fleet is waiting to evacuate the defeated army. The 95th Rifles are separated from the Leggi tutto
If you're not going to start at the beginning, this is a great place to start Bernard Cornwell's long-running Napoleonic War series. The events in Sharpe's Rifles take place when European hostilities between the French and English really took off, and it also contains the initial meeting between our Leggi tutto
"He might not be a born officer, but by God he was a born soldier. He was the son of a whore, bereft of God, but a God-damned soldier." I've decided that the best way to approach the Sharpe series -- in which the publication order differs so radically from the publication order as to seem all but an Leggi tutto
I am reading the Sharpe books in chronological order and have just reached Sharpe's Rifles , the first meeting of Lt. Richard Sharpe and his best friend, Sgt. Harper, and I have to admit that the moment doesn't mean all that much to me. It's crafted to be one of those great moments in fiction, and I s Leggi tutto
Sharpe's Rifles starts in 1809 with the Peninsular War in Spain already raging. For those who aren't familiar, the Peninsular War was one of the big conflicts of the Napoleonic Wars, with basically Britain, Spain, and Portugal duking it out with the French on the Iberian Peninsula. When we join our
I've read many of his other series (Grail Quest, Saxon, Warlord, etc) but have not read any of the Sharpe's Rifles until now. Typically great fighting scenes, good characters, strong story. Brings the period to life. Now to find a bunch to acquire and read...eventually. 3 Stars
One of the best books so far in the series. The superhero excesses from the Indian campaigns have been tempered and Richard Sharpe is caught in a more convincing posture as a freshman officer recently promoted from the ranks and struggling to impose his authority on a band of recalcitrant soldiers.
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