By Bernard Cornwell
Bestselling novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to his renowned Richard Sharpe sequence with this eighteenth excellent installment, which unearths his liked hero within the center of war-torn Denmark, attempting to safeguard the prized Danish fleet from Napoleon Bonaparte's ambitions.
The yr is 1807, and Richard Sharpe is again in England, the place his occupation turns out to have come to a lifeless finish. Loveless, destitute, and relegated to the menial initiatives of quartermaster, Sharpe roams the streets of London, considering a bleak destiny clear of the military. Then, abruptly, an previous good friend invitations him to adopt a mystery venture -- the supply of a bribe -- to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is formally impartial, yet Napoleon is threatening an invasion for you to catch the robust Danish fleet, that could exchange the ships France misplaced in its disastrous defeat at Trafalgar. The British, fearing such enhancement of French energy, threaten their very own preemptive invasion, and Sharpe, whose errand appeared so basic, is trapped in an online of treachery that would finish merely whilst the town, which concept itself secure, is subjected to a brutal and cruel bombardment.
Sharpe's Prey -- the chronological sequel to Sharpe's Trafalgar -- unearths Bernard Cornwell on the best of his bestselling shape, combining the meticulous old element and extraordinary conflict scenes he is well-known for with a plot that races at breakneck pace towards the ultimate, bloody conflict that threatens to ruin Copenhagen.
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He could not make small talk. Perhaps he had frightened them. Most of the regiment's officers had spent the last years training on England's south coast, while Sharpe had been fighting in India. He had become bored with the training, and after Grace he had become bitter so that the Colonel had taken him away from number three company and put him in charge of the stores. Which was where most officers up from the ranks were placed in the hidebound, red-coated regiments, but the Rifles were supposed to be different.
It's as good as anyone else's commission," the officer said belligerently. " Mister Brown said cheerfully. " "Far better," Mister Belling said enthusiastically. "A battlefield commission, Mister Sharpe? `Pon my soul, but that's a rare thing. " Mister Brown added. "Most admirable," Mister Belling agreed energetically, "a battlefield commission! Up from the ranks! " Mister Selling's manner exuded relief that his partner had found the exact word to settle the matter. " No one spoke for a few seconds.
A small boy unlatched the cages, tipped them, then vaulted the planks. Thirty-six rats scuttled about the sand. " the ringmaster shouted. The crowd cheered. " the timekeeper, a drunken schoolmaster, called, then peered at his watch. " The bitch was released and Sharpe and Pierce leaned forward. The bitch was good. The first two rats died before the others even realized a predator was among them. She nipped them by the neck, shook them vigorously and dropped them promptly, but then her excitement overtook her and she wasted valuable seconds snapping at three or four rats in turn.