Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe’s Assassin

"You will be guaranteed rich entertainment that can only flow from Cornwell’s pen! "


Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe is a man with a reputation. Born in the gutter, raised a foundling, he joined the army twenty-one years ago, and it's been his home ever since. He's a loose cannon, but his unconventional methods make him a valuable weapon.

So when, the dust still settling after the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington needs a favour, he turns to Sharpe. For Wellington knows that the end of one war is only the beginning of another. Napoleon's army may be defeated, but another enemy lies waiting in the shadows – a secretive group of fanatical revolutionaries hell-bent on revenge.

Sharpe is dispatched to a new battleground: the maze of Paris streets where lines blur between friend and foe. And in search of a spy, he will have to defeat a lethal assassin determined to kill his target or die trying.

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It has been some years since we have seen Sharpe, but it is a bit like welcoming back an old friend! As with all Cornwell's books, they are wonderfully easy-reads, but Cornwell does evoke the time and place, transporting you to Paris, the French dealing with their defeat at Waterloo. As with all wars, one can lead on to another as one particular can of worms can spill, causing dissent and feelings of revenge. There may not be as much action here as in his previous Sharpe novels, but it is nonetheless great to have Sharpe back in the driving seat. What more can I say that I haven't about this man's books? You will be guaranteed rich entertainment that can only flow from Cornwell's pen!

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