Sharpe's Trafalgar

From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, now available in paperback bestselling historical novelist Bernard Cornwell brings life to one of the most spectacular naval battles in history with SHARPE S TRAFALGAR The greatest writer of historical adventures today Washington PostCritically acclaimed, perennial New York Times bestselling author Bernard CornweFrom New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, now available in paperback bestselling historical novelist Bernard Cornwell brings life to one of the most spectacular naval battles in history with SHARPE S TRAFALGAR The greatest writer of historical adventures today Washington PostCritically acclaimed, perennial New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell Agincourt, The Fort, the Saxon Tales makes real history come alive in his breathtaking historical fiction Praised as the direct heir to Patrick O Brian Agincourt, The Fort , Cornwell has brilliantly captured the fury, chaos, and excitement of battle as few writers have ever done perhaps most vividly in his phenomenally popular novels following the illustrious military career of British Army officer Richard Sharpe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries Chronicling Sharpe s involvement in the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Sharpe s Trafalgar finds the young ensign captive on a French warship and in gravest peril on the eve of the one of the most spectacular naval confrontations in history Perhaps the San Francisco Chronicle said it best If only all history lessons could be as vibrant.
Sharpe s Trafalgar From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell now available in paperback bestselling historical novelist Bernard Cornwell brings life to one of the most spectacular naval battles in history

  • Title: Sharpe's Trafalgar
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780061098628
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Sharpe's Trafalgar”

    1. Like a fish out of water, British soldier Richard Sharpe takes to the sea!Seems as if Bernard Cornwell was itching to tackle this most epic of all British naval battles and to do so he manufactured his hero Sharpe into the action. I can't blame him, it's one of the biggest events of the Napoleonic War, and if that's the backdrop to your series it stands to reason you'd want to showcase this particular battle in some way. Contrived as it may be, Sharpe's Trafalgar is one of Cornwell's better effo [...]

    2. When I first saw this book, the first thing that came into my mind was the old movie, "The wackiest Ship in the Army."Sharpe, a soldier, is on a ship in the Indian Ocean. Also on the ship is a Lady, and an old opponent. Pirates come in the picture, and of course, the old opponent helps them take over the ship.Pretty good. It was different seeing an sea-borne adventure from the viewpoint of a landlubber soldier.

    3. The actual battle is just the last bit of the book, which is fine. Sharpe has to take a ship back to England & Cromwell paints a logical picture of why Sharpe, an army soldier, would wind up in this battle. He admits he had no real business there, but it works well & gave me a visceral picture of life on board the ships of the time as well as covering this pivotal battle of the era.Life on a ship of this time was rough. Sharpe, as an ensign, is in the perfect position to show us all aspe [...]

    4. I think Aqua-Sharpe! would have been a cooler title, but this was still good fun. This is an obvious departure for the series, and one I was kinda skeptical about but Cornwell just knows how to spin a well-paced story. I really have little to no interest in naval stuff but I kept turning the pages so it's all a credit to his ease with storytelling. I mean, the plot alone sounds really terribly boring: it's basically about Sharpe's boat ride to England during which he becomes involved in Trafalga [...]

    5. OK, I give up. Listened to 6 discs and for the most part found myself not anxious to keep listening. Some of the story was interesting, and I appreciate the historical details the author presented, but I just couldn't muster enough interest to finish it. I really enjoy the Sharpe televised stories but I think that will be as far as my interest in the Sharpe world go.One funny thing - Richard meets up with a Captain Chasewho has blonde hair and enjoys coffee. In another universe, his name might b [...]

    6. I've been meaning to review these for ages, I read all these books a long time ago and I think I would have to re-read them to remember every story line. That's the problem with trying to review books you read over ten years ago. When I read these books it was a happy time for me as I received all the collection including the short stories as a wedding present ten years ago and as I celebrate my tenth anniversary of being married to my beautiful wife, I wanted to save my overall review of the se [...]

    7. I had a cracking time reading Sharpe's Trafalgar. Not quite as polished as the works of Patrick O'Brian, Bernard Cornwell's naval Sharpe adventure still managed to be exciting, suspenseful and fun. And if you are to read the Sharpe books in chronological order, Sharpe's Trafalgar marks the moment when Sharpe can be seen as nothing other than anti-hero bastard extraordinaire. He is a murderer, pure and simple, and we can't help loving him for it and pulling for him all the way.

    8. Great fun and informative as well, but loses points for anachronisms. "Lord Horatio Nelson" is unforgivable.

    9. Here's how to read this book. Start on chapter ten, right where Sharpe is waiting for the battle to start. Read right though to the end of the book, because it's non stop brutally graphic combat action at sea. Except for some incredibly tense scenes between Lord William and Lady Grace. When you reach the end of the book, go back and skim through the first few chapters just to find out how sharp got mixed up with Lady Grace and what happened to Braithwaite. This is definitely a great book, but th [...]

    10. OK, I'll admit, I've been putting off reading this one just because the very idea of it seemed ludicrous and forced to me. As has been very firmly established, our man Richard Sharpe is a daring, lucky and resourceful infantry officer. Infantry. The guy can barely ride a horse, but he's the devil in a red coat on foot. But see, Trafalgar was a naval battle. As in between ships. Admiral Nelson. Sailing maneuvers (or lack thereof: just go right at 'em). Ramming. Boarding parties. Being on the wate [...]

    11. Fourth in the Richard Sharpe historical military fiction series, set in 1805 amidst the Battle of Trafalgar.My TakeI do so love Richard Sharpe! Okay, okay, so I fell in love with Sean Bean in the television series first, but it only turned me on to Cornwell's series! I swear! The series is an incredible exploration of early 19th century English culture with its mores, style, and class system particularly an inside peek into its military culture. And as much as I enjoy the television series, I ad [...]

    12. As I recently read Pérez Reverte’s Cabo Trafalgar—then, to check on the historicity of Reverte’s presentation of the battle from the Spanish point of view, delved intoThe Trafalgar Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Sea Battle and the Life of Admiral Lord Nelson—this is the first of the Sharpe's based on a battle I know something about which leads to a suite of observations.Considering the two novels as vehicles for presenting history, Pérez Reverte gets the definit [...]

    13. Normally, I would like to read series in order, but in Cornwell' very popular Sharpe series, he is writing them out of chronological sequence, so that' impossible. This one takes place fourth sequentially, but is the most recent of seventeen to be published. Cornwell is prolific and a master storyteller. The story opens with Sharpe in India, having been there several years but now about to return to England having joined up with the 95th Rifles. He' an ensign, a low ranking officer promoted out [...]

    14. On his way home to England, Sharpe sails with one Captain Peculiar Cromwell, and meets up with his old cordial enemy, Pohlmann. He also begins an affair with the wife of the cold and haughty Lord Hale. But Cromwell and Pohlmann have sold the ship to the French, and when Sharpe and the crew are rescued by Captain Chase, the hunt is on, which leads them to meet Nelson and fight in the Battle of Trafalgar.This is another very good entry in the series, though I must say I don’t care for nautical f [...]

    15. Whew! That last third of this book takes you through the Battle of Trafalgar, and when you finally reach the last page, you realize you've been holding your breath the whole time! Sharpe is making his way from India back to England to join the 95th Rifles. On board, of course, is a beautiful woman and her not-very-nice husband. Well, it is a Sharpe story after all.ere HAS to be a woman!! Meanwhile, the ship is captured by a French ship, then re-captured by a British, so on and so forth until the [...]

    16. Maybe it's just because I had the same problem with Dan Brown but starting to find the whole series somewhat repetitive. Sharpe can't be seen for anything more than his past, a high ranking official takes a shine to him, they go through some bad times, sharpe disregards orders to leave the bad guy alive and the next book starts.

    17. Sharpe has somehow been shoehorned in to the battle of Trafalgar and is found to be very much at sea and out of his depth (see what I did there). As usual the formulae stays the same; Intrigue + Girl + Danger + Battle + Revenge = Victory.Never the less it was a Jolly Romp that caused no harm, except possibly a minor powder burn to Historical Accuracy.

    18. This novel is a bit of an anomaly in the Sharpe series because it introduces a naval battle into a set of adventures that have involved Richard Sharpe thus far in land battles. The graphic clarity of the author's description of the Battle of Trafalgar with all of its horror, gore and heroics is excellent - as one comes to expect in novels by Bernard Cornwell. This novel may be an anomaly, but it is by no means a disappointment - quite to the contrary.Sharpe, having been dismissed from his regime [...]

    19. Something different in this series, as Sharpe sails from assignment India to return to England in 1805. Excellent descriptions of life at sea, enlivened by Sharpe finding his true love (at least for a book or two) and defending her from various villains aboard the ship(s) on which they travel. Obviously, it all culminates in Sharpe's ship (which is shipshape) sharing shots in the shattering Battle of Trafalgar, one of the most famous naval engagements of all time. Aficionados won't be surprised [...]

    20. I thoroughly enjoyed Sharpe's Trafalgar, and foresee no diminishing my enjoyment of Sharpe's adventures through the Napoleonic Wars. Having finished Sharpe's Tiger, Triumph, Fortress, Trafalgar and Prey in a 5 month period, my recommendation when reading the Sharpe novels is to enjoy the first 2/3 at a leisurely pace as Sharpe receives the brunt of several injustices and hardships, but then plan to read the final 1/3 of any Sharpe novel at a brisk pace, consistent with the pace of a major battle [...]

    21. Maybe I just love Trafalgar, I ve read about every account of the battle and stood on the HMS Victory where Nelson was killed, so I had to give this a rare 5 stars.I also love the rather detailed account of life at sea. I spent a year or so at sea so again a lot of nostalgia. Other than that typical Sharpe book, he is always a lovable rogue, falls in love again (yawn) kills a few people who deserve it and a few who don't, ends up covered in blood after killing like a thousand frogs (frenchies), [...]

    22. Of the four Sharpe books I've read so far, this one is my favorite. By now, I see there is definitely a formula to the Sharpe books: 19th century historical setting, Sharpe has a good friend and someone who totally hates him, has sex with a hot woman, and then Sharpe saves the day. But it's the details that make these books so great. Sharpe's Trafalgar makes the minutiae of living on a ship in 1805 interesting, and even though Sharpe is out of his element on the sea, he's surrounded by character [...]

    23. delivers what you expect from Bernard Cornwell. A good plot based on historic facts with a few key plausible main characters and enough 'extra's to keep the story moving without getting bogged down in detail. That Sint to say the prose isn't good - it is excellent. Cornwell departs from the land in this story, and displays his expertise in his craft with an excellent tale of the Battle of Trafalgar into which he weaves his characters with his customary style and verve. A solid read about the Cho [...]

    24. This was my second Cornwell book after Agincourt.I really admire Cornwell's talent of combining minute historical details with taking fictional liberties to give a thoroughly entertaining read.This one took place mostly at sea among sailing ships, so it became necessary for me to look up the nautical terms to enjoy the novel better. But I wouldn't call it a drawback. If you are reading a Cornwell book, you have to expect these.Really enjoyed reading it. Eagerly looking forward to fine more books [...]

    25. A weaker entry. It's mostly set on a ship and it's about a romance between Sharpe and Grace. Obviously, their love is forbidden. At the end, there's the Battle of Trafalgar, which was a pretty big deal. And that seems to be why the novel was written. Also, the cover of my book, which is mostly great, states that Sharpe travels on the Revenant. He does not -- the ship he is on pursues the Revenant.

    26. 3½ stars.Sharpe's better on land than on the sea. The action was much slower-paced in this one, though I felt it did a good job of presenting the helpless terror inherent in a naval action.Sharpe's still a bad-ass and that's still fun, though he treads a bit deep into Marty Stu territory in this one for my tastes. There also felt like a bit too much hand of god holding the plot together.Still keen for the next one.

    27. Not my favorite of the series so far, it took a long time to get where it was going and in that way, you could really feel the tedium of the long ocean cruise. The naval battle was written incredibly well and you could just feel the intensity of the action. Cornwell is a master of description and painting visions of what's happening as if you were watching a movie, and his action aboard the ship is among the best I've ever read.

    28. This is the first of the Cornwell books I have read but I will be following up with many more. I love history and while this is with fictional characters it is woven with a great deal of real events. There is just enough romance to keep it from being a dry read to those who don't care for historical books. Sh

    29. Sharpe #4. My first read of a naval battle. It was very interesting, and the reduced amount of war details, compared to his earlier adventures, was a relief.As Sharpe moves back to Europe, I am going to miss the Indian setting from now on. :(With the ending, one hopes Sharpe will have happiness at last. Yeah, right.

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