Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe's Series 16 to 20 (5 Books Set)
Soldier; hero; rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty; he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.
Richard Sharpe triumphs in the last battle of the war; only to find himself in worse peril when charged to recover Napoleons treasure. It is 1814. There are rumours that Napoleon is dead; or has run away; but Sharpe has one last battle to fight before he can lay down his sword. It is the battle for Toulouse. Little does he know it will be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. But Sharpes war is not only the battle. Accused of stealing Napoleons treasure; Sharpe must discover the unknown enemy who has tried to frame him - and his revenge is ingenious and devastating.
Richard Sharpe returns to England to save the regiment. Major Sharpes men are in mortal danger - not from the French; but from the bureaucrats of Whitehall. Unless reinforcements can be brought from England; the regiment will be disbanded. Determined not to see his regiment die; Sharpe returns to England and uncovers a nest of high-ranking traitors; any of whom could utterly destroy his career with a word. Sharpe is forced into the most desperate gamble of his life and not even the influence of the Prince Regent may be enough to save him.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe; sidelined on the Royal staff; magnificently siezes command at the final moment of the great victory. It is 1815. Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the Prince of Orange; who refuses to listen to Sharpes reports of an enormous army; led by Napoleon; marching towards them. The Battle of Waterloo commences and it seems as if Sharpe must stand by and watch the grandest scale of military folly. But at the height of battle; as victory seems impossible; Sharpe takes command and the most hard-fought and bloody battle of his career becomes his most magnificent triumph.
Richard Sharpe; abandoned in enemy territory; has to trust in assistance from a hostile American privateer. The invasion of France is under way and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast - one of the most dangerous missions of his career. Through the reckless incompetence of a naval commander; Sharpe finds himself abandoned in the heart of enemy territory; facing overwhelming forces and the very real prospect of defeat. He has no choice but to trust his fortunes to an American privateer - a man who has no love for the British invaders.
Major Sharpe finds himself a fugitive; hunted by enemy and ally alike. Major Richard Sharpe awaits the opening shots of the armys campaign with grim expectancy. For victory depends on the increasingly fragile alliance between Britain and Spain - an alliance that must be maintained at any cost. Pierre Ducos; the wily French intelligence officer; sees a chance both to destroy the alliance and to achieve a personal revenge on Richard Sharpe. And when the lovely spy; La Marquesa; takes a hand in the game; Sharpe finds himself enmeshed in a web of political intrigue for which his military expertise has left him fatally unprepared.
I am reading my way thru the full series and enjoying the adventures of this likeable, brave, rogue. The historical fiction is well considered and adapted well to make interesting reading.
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