“Sharpe’s Trafalgar: Spain 1805” by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins, 2000)

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The year is 1805 and Sharpe is currently on a voyage back from India to his beloved homeland, England.  But of course, the voyage is not as smooth and sweet as English tea: treachery lurks ahead.  It is one of England’s many enemies, in the form of a French warship called the Ravenant, which has been terrorizing the British in the Indian Ocean.  Yet, the Ravenant possesses a treasure that could very well reignite the war between Indian and Britain.  Sharpe is then captured by the French residing in the port of Cádiz, but British help is on the way and a grand battle will be fought off Cape Trafalgar, which Sharpe must win.

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Originally published on April 15th 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

“Sharpe’s Prey: Denmark 1807” by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins, 2000)

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Sharpe is finally back in England.  Sadly he is apparently done with the military; reduced to the lowly rank of quartermaster, he has no real hopes anymore, and wanders the streets of London destitute and bored.  But then, as this is not much action for Richard Sharpe, serendipity strikes and a deal falls into his lap.  He is to deliver a bribe to Copenhagen, and no one is to know.  However, when he performs the seemingly simple job, serendipity strikes with a fiercer hand, as Copenhagen is attacked by the French, for Napoleon is planning an invasion and Britain doesn’t want it to happen.  Sharpe is thrown into the tick of it and, naturally, the fate of the world and the future rests on his shoulders once more.

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Originally published on April 15th 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.