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Bernard Cornwell Untitled Book 4: Sharpe is back in the gripping, epic new historical novel from the global bestselling author: Book 21 Paperback – 1 April 2022
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About the Author
Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex and worked for the BBC for eleven years before meeting Judy, his American wife. Denied an American work permit he wrote a novel instead and has been writing ever since. He and Judy divide their time between Cape Cod and Charleston, South Carolina.
- Publisher : HarperCollins - GB (1 April 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008184046
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008184049
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It starts the day after Waterloo, has an early battle before moving on to the shadowy world of spies (combining two excellent and well used plot points from the series) before the final climatic battle. Not only that all the surviving familiar faces are there and even some from Sharpes past too. It really does have something for every Sharpe fan.
It seemed to have more humour than the other books and Cornwell has got the relationships between Sharpe his companions (yes, I am including Wellington in this) to perfection. I do have two minor criticisms, one that it seemed slightly on the shorter side and that the middle third dragged ever so slightly.
However, these are only very minor points in a book that both manages to conclude the series well (if this is to be a the final book written) but also leaves the door just ajar enough for more adventures. Truly superb!
Most of the memorable hits were played; ballads like Token Female Interests and Male Bonding Moments, and rocky numbers like Swordplay of a Guttersnipe, Withering Canister Fire and Onwards They March. There was even time for variations on two old favourites, Death to the Drummerboy and Revenge on a Bully but.... in truth they all felt like they should have retired a number of years ago - as they had, until their management persuaded them to come back out for this reunion tour.
Will they be persuaded to play a final farewell gig ?, I don't know, I probably will go to see them, but it won't be the same as the good old days when they were younger, vibrant, and were the best band in town for there was no one like them about at the time.
This song felt just like it could have been played by any other band in the market, the only difference was it was performed by this famous touring band, and no one can play their tunes like them. I therefore fondly remember them for who they were and the pleasure they once gave.
However, I intend to give The Starbucks a listen, for I understand they have the same management and play a similar tune.
******* a minor spoiler (maybe)
I would say that there were a few glaring inconsistencies that irked me as I read it. At the end of Sharpe's Waterloo Harry Price is made Major, yet here - a day later - he's Captain again with no explanation. And where was Lt. Simon Doggett (later Captain)? Completely absent as if he was a figment of everyone's imagination. It felt as if Cornwell hadn't actually reread Waterloo before embarking on this story.
It will be interesting to see what BC does next, Uhtred done, Sharpe (I imagine) the same, will he start some new series now he is a septuagenarian? If you do look at the Amazon reviews Mr Cornwell any chance of going back to Starbuck and finishing his story?