Sharpe’s Triumph: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye, September 1803

By Bernard Cornwell
Read by Frederick Davidson

The Richard Sharpe Adventures: Book 1998

11.68 Hours 01/01/2001 unabridged
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Since earning his sergeant’s stripes at the bloody siege of Seringapatam, Richard Sharpe has led a peaceful existence. But his easy life meets a brutal end when he is the sole survivor of a murderous attack by a cold-blooded English officer who has defected to join the mercenary forces of the Mahratta confederation in India. Sharpe vows to avenge his comrades, even if he must pursue the turncoat to the ends of the continent. His quest takes him deep into enemy territory, where the accepted rules of engagement have been discarded and ever-shifting loyalties create an environment of dangerous uncertainty. The paths of treachery lead Sharpe’s company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage to tell the tale of one of the greatest battles of the century.

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Since earning his sergeant’s stripes at the bloody siege of Seringapatam, Richard Sharpe has led a peaceful existence. But his easy life meets a brutal end when he is the sole survivor of a murderous attack by a cold-blooded English officer who has defected to join the mercenary forces of the Mahratta confederation in India.

Sharpe vows to avenge his comrades, even if he must pursue the turncoat to the ends of the continent. His quest takes him deep into enemy territory, where the accepted rules of engagement have been discarded and ever-shifting loyalties create an environment of dangerous uncertainty. The paths of treachery lead Sharpe’s company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage to tell the tale of one of the greatest battles of the century.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cornwell's dramatization of this true-life event needs no help coming to life, and Davidson meets the author's brilliant storytelling with insight of his own…His immaculate enunciation and perceptive pacing capture both the formality of military structure and the horror of hand-to-hand combat.” AudioFile
“Cornwell continues to luxuriate in the details of battle in his continuing series of novels following the exploits of British soldier-adventurer Sergeant Richard Sharpe...Eminently successful historical fiction.” Booklist
“As usual, Davidson does an outstanding job narrating this vivid account of a soldier’s life in India. Cornwell has again revealed the gore and the glory of those times.”  Today’s Librarian
“Bernard Cornwell writes more gripping battle scenes than any other contemporary author.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English