Sharpe's Havoc

Sharpe's Havoc

Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809

Book - 2003
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Bestselling historical novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to the battlefields of the Iberian Peninsula with Sharpe's Havoc, where the lieutenant and his men bravely fight the French invasion into Portugal.

It is 1809, a few years after Lieutenant Richard Sharpe's heroic exploits on the battlefields of India and at Trafalgar, and Sharpe finds himself fighting the savage armies of Napoleon Bonaparte as they try to bring the whole of the Iberian Peninsula under their control. Napoleon is advancing fast in northern Portugal, and no one knows whether the small contingent of British troops stationed in Lisbon will stay to fight or sail back to England. Sharpe, however, does not have a choice: He and his squad of riflemen are on the lookout for the missing daughter of an English wine shipper, when the French onslaught begins and the city of Oporto becomes a setting for carnage and disaster.

Stranded behind enemy lines, Sharpe returns to his mission to find Kate Savage. Sharpe's position on enemy grounds is precarious, and his search is further complicated by a mysterious and threatening Englishman, Colonel Christopher, who has his own ideas on how the French can be driven from Portugal. Christopher's scheme is dangerous, and Sharpe and his Riflemen are the only obstacles standing in his way. Suddenly, a newly arrived British commander in Lisbon, Sir Arthur Wellesley, unknowingly comes to Sharpe's rescue. Just when Sharpe and his men seem doomed, Sir Arthur mounts his own counterattack, an operation of breathtaking daring that will send Marshal Soult's army reeling back into the northern mountains.

Sharpe's Havoc is a classic Sharpe story, based on real history, and a return to Portugal in the company of Sergeant Patrick Harper, Captain Hogan, and Sharpe's beloved Green-jackets, who can turn a battle as fast as Cornwell's readers can turn a page.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780060530464
0060530464
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 306 p. : 1 map ; 24 cm.

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Mar 22, 2011

Sharpe’s Havoc
If you’ve read any of the Sharpe novels, you already know what to expect: outstanding action, bravery, heroism, double-dealing espionage, deceit, and a large dose of history.
This novel is set in Portugal during the Iberian campaign of the Napoleonic War. A small British army, with the help of Portuguese military, is successful in its campaign to oust the French armies from their homeland.
Sharpe’s detachment of Redcoats is separated from the rest of their army and finds itself under the command of a British nobleman who claims to be a negotiator from the British foreign office. This same non-officer, who has designs on local trade that will make him rich, orders Sharpe’s contingent into a near-fatal engagement with the French.
As always, the action is hot and furious. The heroes are larger than life. Good triumphs over evil. Suspense abounds.
As always, when it comes to a Cornwell Sharpe novel: read this book.

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