Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe's Series 11 to 15 (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.
Captain Sharpe has to protect a philandering diplomat and; deserted by his ally; faces the enemy. In the winter of 1811; the war seems lost. Spain has fallen to the French; except for Cadiz; now the Spanish capital and itself under siege. Inside the city walls an intricate diplomatic dance is taking place and Richard Sharpe faces more than one enemy. The small British force is trapped by a French army; and their only hope lies with the outnumbered redcoats outside refusing to admit defeat. There; in the sweltering horror of Barrosa; Sharpe will meet his old enemy Colonel Vandal once again.
Richard Sharpe is fighting for his Irish battalion and his own honour through the blood-stained streets of the town. Quartered in a crumbling Portuguese fort; Richard Sharpe and his men are attacked by an elite French unit; led by an old enemy of Sharpes; and suffer heavy losses. The armys high command blame Sharpe for the disaster and his military career seems to be ruined. His only hope is to redeem himself on the battlefield. So with his honour at stake; against an overwhelming number of French troops; Sharpe leads his men to battle in the narrow streets of Fuentes de Oñoro.
Captain Richard Sharpe has to lead the attack on the terrible fortress. It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He has lost command to a man who could buy the promotion Sharpe covets. His oldest enemy; the ruthless and indestructible Hakeswill; joins the regiment and he is a man with a mission to ruin Sharpe. But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. The only way - a desperate choice - is to volunteer the Forlorn Hope; to lead the attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz; a road to almost certain death or; just possibly; to heroic glory.
Major Sharpe; in the bitter winter; must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy. Newly promoted; he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women; held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill; Sharpes bitter enemy. Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. For to surrender or to fail would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies.
Richard Sharpe; who alone can recognise the top French spy; is under orders to capture him alive. Richard Sharpe is once again at war. But this time his enemy is just one man - the ruthless Colonel Leroux. Sharpes mission is to safeguard El Mirador; a spy whose network of agents is vital to British victory. Sharpe is forced into a new world of political and military intrigue. And in unfamiliar surroundings of aristocratic Spanish society; his only guide is La Marquesa - a woman with her own secrets to conceal.
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