Richard Sharpe Returns For More Military Adventure And Intrigue
By Lucy Bednar
I hate books about war. This prejudice, no doubt, comes from my gut-level revulsion at how wars are "engineered" by those who have power at the expense of those who have little or none. Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed every Richard Sharpe novel I’ve ever read, including the latest, "Sharpe’s Fury: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Barrosa, March 1811," number 21 in Bernard Cornwell’s popular series.
The adventures and misadventures of Cornwell’s hero, Captain Richard Sharpe, are played out against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. That large conflict routinely provides the stage for several smaller conflicts, most obviously Sharpe’s clash with an incompetent superior officer, less obviously Sharpe’s clash with himself. ( Collapse )