For a while I have resisted the siren call of Bernard Cornwell’s fictional 19th century war hero, Richard Sharpe, a British soldier elevated to Captain after recent success in the Peninsula Warso wonderfully portrayed by actor Sean Bean. But no longer. The year is 1810 and with the war almost certainly lost Wellington, headquartered at Celerico, Portugal, sends Sharpe and his Company across the border to seize gold held in the partisan town of Casatejada in the Extremadura province of Spain.
The words flow off the pages as the Light Infantry takes to the high ground, unforgiving terrain to outflank the advancing French cavalry, enduring exhaustion and the weather, the dull green uniforms of the Company contrasting with those of the Redcoats; lances and bayonets, swords, muskets and rifleseven the rudimentary way the men field strip and clean their weapons is described, while Sharpe displays a genuine affection for (and some irritation) the men under his command.
Daniel Hagman had an uncanny ability to find his way in the darkness. Sharpe often wondered how the old poacher had ever been caught, but he supposed that one night the Cheshireman had drunk too much…
This is warfare at its bloodiest and aside from the soldiers, civiliansyoung, old, women, even dogs are massacred by the French in their zeal, which makes for confronting reading. Aside from evading the French, Sharpe is up against the Partisan leader El Católico, who is as ruthless as the invaders.
(I had never thought about it before but the word guerillas is of course “little war’. There are interesting alliances: the Polish fighting with the French, a German (King’s) Regiment with the British. George III is in failing health and the following year George IV takes over as Regent).
Bloodshed apart, this is a thrilling story, welltold, with romance between Sharpe and the feisty daughter of a Partisan leader, betrothed to El Católico, as the parties converge on the soontobe sieged fortifications of Almeida, Portugal. By Sharpe’s side strides the giant Ulsterman Sgt. Patrick Augustine Harper, who love his birds. I noted: barn owl, nightjar, an exaltation of larks, red kite and rock thrush.
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I just love the Sharpe series. Real history wrapped up in entertaining fiction.
The real history is the events that happened at Almeida in Portugal 1810.
The British army is struggling to maintain a foothold in Portugal and is running out of money. If the army is to survive it need gold and lots of it. There is a horde of Spanish gold that the British army has heard about and the army decides to help themselves to it. The problem will be getting it from the Spanish.
This is where Captain Richard Sharpe and his small company come in. Sharpe has been given orders to get the gold come what may.
Sharpe has to contend, not only, with the French but also the Spanish guerrillas who won’t give up the gold without a fight.
When Sharpe is on a mission, the only thing that will stop him is death it’s self.
This makes for lots of thrills and spills.
Thoroughly entertaining and informative.
Highly recommended for lover of historical fiction.
Sharpe's Gold picks up the story of the freshly appointed, yet unconfirmed, Captain Richard Sharpe soon after his famous capture of a French regimental Eagle at the battle of Talavera (I think 1810, but I'm not very good with numbers). The fate of the British armies in Portugal is in Dire Straits (I've always wanted to find a way to insert the name of this rock band in one of my reviews) , and General Wellington's last resort is to send the unorthodox but highly effective Sharpe deep into enemy territory, where he has to retrieve about half a ton of gold in Spanish doubloons.
Both the ownership of the treasure and its role in salvaging the British troops remain questionable. Sharpe has to fight both the French patrols and the Spanish guerrilleros as his small band of riflemen is chased across the no man's land between the larger armies. Strongpoint of the novel are several battle sequences and the personal conflict between Sharpe and El Catolico, guerilla leader and spurned lover.
Speaking of love, I'm getting real tired of the author's insistence in providing a nubile, fiery tempered and easily seductible woman in every single novel in the series, no matter how rough the setting and improbable the conquest. My other complaint is the evident bias towards the British armies, and towards Sharpe in particular, to the point where adversaries are ridiculed and his own soldiers are praised to heaven amd beyond. Realism takes a step back when faced with hero worshipping, sometimes going so far as to find excuses for war crimes (view spoiler)[ like blowing up the city of Almeida, defended by your own troops(hide spoiler)] This has to be the worst of the Sharpe series. Aside from the abrupt ending to an already short novel, there are inconsistencies with the consistency of Cornwell's writing and characters. Sharpe and Wellington are both amply out of character here. While both are motivated by an unrelenting desire to succeed, the actions taken in this installment go beyond their previously established value system. There are also plot holes such as how did Hagman and his 3 get out of the village after providing overwatch from the bell tower in chapter 13? How come none of the partisans were shot by Hagman and his group when they left the village?.
There's a drastic difference between the first set of books that were written and the rest of the books that were inserted into the story later. The later books are polished to perfection and Sharpe's character is infinitely more compelling. It makes one wish that Cornwell had perfected his trade on some other series before coming to Sharpe.
The Sharpe series still remains some of the best historical fiction out there, it's just that half of the series (Rifles, Eagle, Gold, Company, Sword, Enemy, Honour, Regiment, Siege, Revenge and Waterloo) is dampened by seeing what it could have been when compared to the later novels (Tiger, Triumph, Fortress, Trafalagar, Prey, Havoc, Escape, Fury, Battle, Skirmish, Christmas, Ransom and Devil). Sharpe is given a secret mission to transport some gold from one place to another. Of course, where there's gold, there's greed, and it seems everybody and their brother wants a piece of the gold. The French, the Spanish, guerilla leaders, mercenaries, all want a piece.
Sharpe first has to find the gold, and that isn't easy itself. Then he has to take to the extraction point.
Very good, but it really reads like a western. Sharpe, immediately after winning accolades for capturing a French Eagle, is ordered by Wellington to steal a fortune in Spanish gold. This is in the care of El Catolico, a devious and selfish Spanish partisan, who wants it for himself. Naturally, Sharpe means to take it – and El Catolico’s fierce, beautiful lover, of course.
Cornwell surprised me in this book: Major Kearsey, the strict, rather uptight official whom Sharpe has difficulties with, did not, to my great amazement, turn out to be traitor, merely somewhat of a boob. I got the sense that Cornwell did intend Kearsey to be a traitor, but a shrewd editor told him that Sharpe had faced a few too many traitors in a row, so he rewrote the character a bit – though El Catolico is, in some ways, a traitor, since he’s nominally a British ally – so Cornwell got a turncoat in after all. Whew! In any case, whether it’s the less formulaic characters, the rather questionable morality of Sharpe’s mission, or just the exciting climax during the siege of Almeida, this is the first Sharpe book in a while to hold my interest from beginning to end. 4.5 rounded up, clearly one of Cornwell's earlier books. Reading these books makes me want to watch the series again, it's one of those periods of time that I am drawn to. Love the whole Napoleonic wars era, though I prefer Nelson to Wellington.
Anyway back to the book, it's still the peninsular wars with Britain trying to retain their foothold in Portugal and Spain. Things are going badly and funds are low, but there's a hidden stash of gold that could come in handy if only we can get our mitts on it. There's also a man Wellington has in mind for the job. Taking place in 1809, this is the ninth book chronologically in the Richard Sharpe series. In my opinion it is the worst of the nine.
Sharpe, as usual, has more problems with his own people than with the French enemy. In this story he encounters an arrogant provost, a religious zealot, an unsympathetic General and a Spanish ally who wants him dead.
Also, as usual, he meets a beautiful woman whom he falls in love with but can never have because he is a soldier and must move on.
He survives numerous wounds and is twice rescued as he faces almost certain death.
While these are elements in all of the previous books in the series, in this tale they come across as formulaic rather than spontaneous thereby ruining the fun and the suspense.
If I could, I'd give the book 2 and 1/2 stars rather than three: "barely worthwhile reading". I plan to read the next volume, "Sharpe's Escape" and I hope that "Sharpe's Gold" was an anomaly and that Cornwell can recapture the exuberance and excitement of Sharpe's adventures.