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Owed by a stern rebuke Violence 4 Given *that this is a book about war violence *this is a book about war violence a main theme There are multiple battles in which hundreds to thousands of people are illed Despite this the descriptions tend to be less graphic than the first book There several instances where a death is especially grisly and explained in detail If you wish to avoid violence in your reading you will want to avoid this novel Meh Sharpe came across as rather a whiny git in this one where there was no real plot to speak of and interminable battle scenes which lead up to a denouement that had been telegraphed from the start I m glad I only look for mindless entertainment in these books unfortunately this one was a great deal of the mindless than the entertainment Review of the audiobook narrated by Frederick DavidsonSharpe s Triumph is lacking in what made me love the first book *So Much The Plot Structure Which Worked So Well In *much The plot structure which worked so well in s Tiger already seems formulaic Tipu Sultan was such a great character in the last book and here there is no compelling antagonist The battle seuences which Cornwell is typically great at are too long and drawn out to be exciting Even if there is some entertainment to be had this all adds up to a big disappointment after such a great start to the seriesI m going to continue this series although instead of The Darkness keeping with the recent books 1 5 are preuels written from 1997 2001 I m going to skip to book 6 written in 1988 Part of that decision is toeep the same narrator as this was the latest published book in the series which Frederick Davidson provided narration forI didn t enjoy Frederick Davidson S Narration As Much s narration as much this book although I think it s because of a lack of interesting characters than a decline in performanceFinal verdict 3 star story 4 star narration 3 stars overall Read a book set in a place you ve never been but want to visit I love this series of books I love the characters the action the adventure They are so much fun This is the second installment of Cornwell s India trilogy and takes place 4 years after Sharpe s Tiger leaves off Dick Sharpe has become a sergeant in the King s army and he s been laying low inda uietly living off the wealth he acuired when he illed the Tipoo Sultan of Seringpatam When an officer of the East India Company goes rogue and commands a mass slaughter of every man woman and child in a neighboring company Sharpe is the only one who lives to tell the tale and sees his face He is recruited by his friend Colonel McCandless head of intelligence for the East India Company to seek out the traitor and destroy him Of course anything that involves showing honor and courage and fighting manly fights with his bare hands is something Sharpe is a master atI breezed through this is a few days and learned uite a lot about this time period and about the politics and history of India a country I am fascinated with I chose this book for my challenge because I have always wanted to visit India I have an aunt who spent a great deal of time there during the British Occupation and was going to take me for my high school graduation when the British left India and everything went to hell in a handbasket So it s A Dark Sicilian Secret kinda on my bucket list Cornwell is very meticulous about his historical accuracy in his novels and I applaud him for that Most of the officers in this novel are in fact based upon real officers like General Arthur Wellesley the future Duke of Wellington who fought in the legendary Battle of Assaye which serves as the setting for the second half of this novel I thought all of the action seuences were engaging and fun and I thought it was fascinating to learn about the inner workings and politics involved in the military and in war at that time And Cornwell s characters are so dynamic and consistent and I felt as if I were reading about real people From our hero Sergeant Richard Sharpeto his mentor the Scotsman Colonel McCandlessTo his arch nemesis the slimy Sergeant Obadiah HakeswillTo the traitor Major William DoddI enjoyed every minute of them I even gave the books to my dad who gobbled them all up I think I enjoyed this one slightly than Sharpe s Tiger but overall both were extremely enjoyable There is a smokin hot action scene at the end where I am just dying to see Jason Statham on the big screenicking ass and taking names Because that s what Sharpe doe. Ll make Wellesley's reputation It will make Sharpe's name to but only if he can survive the carnage and illing frenzy for it is at Assaye that he at last realizes his ambition and has a chance to seize it This major new novel will follow the adventures of Richard Sharpe in India begun so excitingly in Sharpe's Tiger and culminating in the Battle of Assaye which Wellington considered his greatest victory.

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Sharpes Triumph Sharpe #2Another great Sharpe novel Again the fictional aspect was fairly small *explained at the end by the author The hardships the armies their trains had to endure was amazing Poor food horrible *at the end by the author The hardships the armies their trains had to endure was amazing Poor food horrible conditions constant betrayal were all just facts of lifeOne thing did bother me about the ending really bothered me view spoilerSharpe again throws Obadiah to the wolves well elephant this time and didn t make *Sure He Was Dead Last Time throws Obadiah to the wolves well elephant this time and didn t make *Sure He Was Dead Last Time Was Tigers He *he was dead Last time it was tigers he I find that ridiculous Everything we now about Sharpe find out later points to a man that would not leave an enemy like him alive a second time OK he might be dead but I think Sharpe would have made sure this time hide spoiler This is what I expect from Bernard Cornwell detailed battles and great characterizations Once again he makes history come alive My mind does drift some during the battles and that s why audio works very well with this stuff helping me to skim sorta Plus the narrator William Gaminara nails the characters with his voices Sgt Sharpe is at it again This time he is accompanying Gen Wellesley in taking on the Mahratta horde during 1803 It is the retelling of the Battle of Assaye in September of that yearSharpe goes on a mission to hunt down a rogue British Officer who has become a mercenary At the same time Sgt Hakeswill is still trying to take out Sharpe and has a warrant for Sharpe s arrest These are the two main plot points On the first it is very well done The Battle of Assaye where Gen Wellesley did indeed find a navigable ford to press his infantry forwards takes place right in front of you Cornwell s tactical descriptions are fairly close to the real thing mind you he has to make stuff up for the fictional characters and his assessment of the value of shock assault to British forces is absolutely correct But that has nothing to do for most people so I d suggest just enjoy the battle and appreciate the men who had to fight in such conditionsIt is the second plot point that caused me to deduct a point from this otherwise superb novel Sgt Hakeswill after the events of the first book ought not to be in service any I am surprised he hasn t at least been busted down His continued existence is a cheap plot point only made worse by the nebulous ending for his character WTF is it with Sharpe and illing people via animals Shoot him you imbecile It irritated me and gives Sgt Hakeswill a teflon character that doesn t fit that realistic narrativeThat minor uibble aside this is a great book The story is exciting and the descriptions of the Battle are spot on I certainly enjoyed this book and will look forward to of Sharpe s adventures At the rate he s getting promoted he ll be a Field Marshal by book 4 l If you like historical fiction you will certainly be a fan of the intrepid though slightly stupid Sharpe I am A few years back I read most of Bernard Cornwell s action packed serial adventure series on the Napoleonic Wars I read through to what felt like a fairly satisfactory end and then I uit for a few years Recently I noticed I still had a Well it had to happen I finally found a book by my favourite author that is everything I find tedious about a lot of other authorsIt was Cornwell s Warrior Chronicles tales of Uhtred of Bebbanburg which reanimated my inner bookworm and sold me on historical fiction to begin with Of all the Cornwell series I ve read so far the Sharpe series has proven to be the most wooden labourious and tedium inducingThe almost blinkered mechanical focus on the military logistics and battle details feels like it comes at the expense of the characterisation and ability to get into each of the protagonists mindsOne of the things that appeals to me most about Cornwell is his ability to not only write vivid immersive battles but also really get you into the characters heads and create lifelike palpable figures you can almost see in your mind There s virtually none of that in this Even the most antagonistic of characters the rogue Lieutenant Dodd feels like a half hearted attempt at a pretty inconseuential villain The attempts at adding extra layers to the story such as Obadiah Hakeswill s uest to have his revenge on Sharpie all feel like afterthoughts and as such are remarkably flimsyTo put this in the form of a musical analogy this is akin to having heard a band s recent albums been blown away and making the mistake. Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Assaye September 1803India 1803 Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery by an English officer who has defected from the East India Company to join the mercenary army of the Mahratta Confederation In the hunt for the renegade Englishman penetrates deep into the enemy's territory where he faces temptations subtle than he has ever dreamed of And behind. ,
Of going back to the band s earlier days listening to their early raw releases and having *the bubble of hype you d surrounded the band in burstGenuinely re evaluating whether to *bubble of hype you d surrounded the band in burstGenuinely re evaluating whether to bother with the rest of the series Book two in the Sharpe seriesThis another ripping yarn from the pen of Bernard CornwellOnce again Richard Sharpe no longer private but newly promoted to Sergeant finds himself up to his neck in it with his mineses Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill In Sharpe s Tiger Sharpe finds himself in the possession of some of the Tippoo of Mysore fabulous wealth Although Sharpe eeps this a secret Hackeswell At the Italians Command knows that Sharpe has the treasure and sets a plan to take the treasure for himself Sharpe needs all his cunning and intelligence to stay one step ahead of HackeswellWhilst all this going on the British army with its Indian allies are engaged if the battle of Assaye One of the bloodiest battles ever fought by the British during their India campagne Major General Arthur Wellesley is in command of the British army and at one point his horse is shot dead from under him Wellesley is in imminent danger of beingilled luckley Sharpe is near by at risk to own life Sharpe manages to save Wellesley For his daring act of gallantry Wessley awards Sharpe a promotion that is beyond Sharpe emaginingCornwell manages to brings a cinematic feel to the battle scenes All the screaming crying pain and blood lust it s all thereThis is for lovers of a ripping yarn with a history lesson thrown in A 4 star recommendation 35 Stars Random Ramblings In chronological order Sharpe s Triumph is the second book of the Bernard Cornwell s Sharpe series This Volume Was Written As Part was written as part preuels written about the Main Character Richard Sharpe Plot summary Sharpe has now been promoted to sergeant and been reassigned to a battalion of the East India Company While on a mission to buy stolen ammunition he witnesses the mass murder of soldiers and civilians alike He is tasked by Colonel McCandless his prison mate from the previous book to track down the leader of the mercenary group that Oh Baby! killed the innocent English subjects Along the way Sharpe is involved in several battles including the famous battle of Assaye in which a force of 15000 British soldiers face 100000 mercenary fighters The Good Cornwell writes excellent battle scenes The action occurs uickly and you can almost taste the tang of gun powder in the air The battle of Assaye as well as several other skirmishes are well describedRichard Sharpe continues to be a well developed character He is an enjoyable anti hero type character While he fights for the British with some conviction he is not afraid to fightill or steal from those he considers to be evil or unscrupulous Again this leads to interesting plot developments as he is not bound by a strict moral codeThe writing is superb and Cornwell s use of historical is superb We meet many historical figure including the great Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington The Bad The Battle of Assyne was considered by Arthur Wellesley to be the greatest battle he ever fought Coming from the man who had defeating Napoleon at Waterloo on his resume While the battle scenes were excellent the superb battle should have taken an entire book Given the enormous odds of defeat and the David vs Goliath numbers the battle should have been epic Unfortunately it received short shrift Compared to the previous novels the support cast was less developed are two dimensional It simply did not carry the impact of the first bookWhile it was still an entertaining and exciting read it did not compare the first book in the series Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sexviolencelanguage content of book if you are interested I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading Disclaimer I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read I am simply giving approximationsScale 1 Lowest 5 Highest Sex 2 There were a few sexual reference and one insinuation that sex may have occurred between two characters Regardless the sexual content was low and suitable for younger readers Language 2 The adult language used was minor and used rarely The main character spent much time with Colonel McCandless was a religious man who frowned on swearing most occurrence of adult language were foll. Him relentlessly stalking him comes his worst enemy the baleful twitching Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill who is determined to break Sharpe once and for all The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye where Sir Arthur Wellesley with a tiny British army faces the Mahratta horde Outnumbered and outgunned Wellesley decides to fight and Sharpe is plunged into the white heat of a battle that wi. ,