Luglio 1809. In marcia da Lisbona verso Madrid, i soldati inglesi guidati da Sharpe vengono aggregati al battaglione di Sir Henry Simmerson. Nominato colonnello della milizia, privo di qualunque esperienza militare, è tronfio, saccente e severo con i suoi uomini fino a sfiorare, e talvolta varcare, la soglia del sadismo. Peccato che abbia dalla sua potenti alleati politici. Sharpe entra subito in conflitto con due protetti di quest'ultimo, e a complicare le cose ci si mette anche un'affascinante dama al seguito delle truppe. Durante l'avanzata, Sharpe si distingue in una brillante azione che gli vale la promozione a capitano. Simmerson, però, che nella stessa operazione ha perso la bandiera, disonorando così il battaglione, chiede a Londra l'annullamento della promozione e l'immediato invio di Sharpe nelle Indie Occidentali. In pratica una condanna a morte, viste le condizioni di quelle remote guarnigioni. L'unica speranza per lui è compiere un'impresa tanto eroica da annullare l'ostilità di Simmerson: impadronirsi di una delle aquile bronzee che Napoleone in persona ha consegnato ai battaglioni francesi, un'azione temeraria che, prima di lui, nessuno ha mai osato...
- ISBN: 883041686X
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 342
The quintessential Richard Sharpe novel. Sharpe's Eagle is where so many of the familiar faces that recur throughout the series originally crop up. Most notably Sir Henry Simmerson... (Simmerson as so aptly played by actor Michael Cochrane in the tv series.) He's the snobbish, ineffectual British offi Leggi tutto
I enjoyed this book very much. The book is concerning the life of a Captain in the English army. He is fighting for his honor and for the Eagle of the French army. This is a very cuvetted color. He is trying to keep his rank by stealing the Eagle because he had lost his color to the French in a prev Leggi tutto
WARNING: This review claims that historical novels are like porn movies, and I discuss porn throughout. Please avoid this review if porn offends you. Historical novels are a bit like porn for me. I am always faintly ashamed to be a fan, I generally hide my taste for them, but I get off on what they
Number 8 in the Sharpe series. This concerns the Battle of Talavera, Spain in 1809. Hold onto your hat, Lt Richard Sharpe is about to become Captain R. Sharpe. Sharpe and his small company of riflemen have roaming the Spanish countryside looking for trouble. Cut of from their regiment, who are now back Leggi tutto
Sharpe's fighting in the peninsula, but as ever, his worst enemy is the British Army. A know nothing, by the book martinet colonel brings in a troop, and makes things harder for everybody, as Sharpe and Co. try to get them into fighting shape. Meanwhile, his womanizing nephew is cutting a swathe thro Leggi tutto
I am reading the history of Richard Sharpe adventures in chronological, not publication order. This has a side effect of accentuating the uneven quality of some of the books, and the episodic nature of the saga, with some inconsistencies from one book to the next that do not bear too close a scrutin Leggi tutto
My first Sharpe book -- really amazing -- best military adventure story ever! I had heard about these Sharpe books for years, but I never really got interested in them until my good friend Deborah Hale mentioned them. SHARPE'S EAGLE really impressed me, even on audiobook! The thing that surprised me t Leggi tutto
I was a big fan of Sharpe as a young adult. This was the first book in the series when I started reading Cornwell and it has everything that I came to expect from the other titles. The historical details are fascinating and the action is amazing. The smoke from the battles comes off the pages. Consi Leggi tutto
Hrm. When I read this, it was the second in the series. It is now listed as the eighth. Cornwell must have developed a fondness for prequels... EDIT: And it turns out this was actually the first published entry in the series! MADNESS! First Read: 1994 or 1995? Second Read: March 11, 2017 - March 15, 20 Leggi tutto
So here we are, the very first Cornwell novel and coincidentally the first Sharpe. I came to this series after it had been ostensibly completed and so I'm reading them in chronological order, which differs markedly from publication order. I'm kind of racking my brain trying to think of other series
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