Sharpe s Havoc Be prepared for scenes of great action heroics What are we doing sir We re charging that barricade Sergeant They ll fillet our guts if you ll pardon me saying so sir The buggers will turn us insid

  • Title: Sharpe's Havoc
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780060566708
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • Be prepared for scenes of great action heroics What are we doing, sir We re charging that barricade, Sergeant They ll fillet our guts, if you ll pardon me saying so, sir.The buggers will turn us inside out I know that, Sharpe said, and you know that.But do they know that Richard SharpeSoldier, hero, rogue the man you always want on your side Born in povertyBe prepared for scenes of great action heroics What are we doing, sir We re charging that barricade, Sergeant They ll fillet our guts, if you ll pardon me saying so, sir.The buggers will turn us inside out I know that, Sharpe said, and you know that.But do they know that Richard SharpeSoldier, hero, rogue the man you always want on your side Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles, whose green jacket he proudly wears.

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    1. Bernard Cornwell says:

      Cornwell was born in London in 1944 His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women s Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them, he changed his name to his birth mother s maiden name, Cornwell.Cornwell was sent away to Monkton Combe School, attended the University of London, and after graduating, worked as a teacher He attempted to enlist in the British armed services at least three times but was rejected on the grounds of myopia.He then joined BBC s Nationwide and was promoted to become head of current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland He then joined Thames Television as editor of Thames News He relocated to the United States in 1980 after marrying an American Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit.As a child, Cornwell loved the novels of C.S Forester, chronicling the adventures of fictional British naval officer Horatio Hornblower during the Napoleonic Wars, and was surprised to find there were no such novels following Lord Wellington s campaign on land Motivated by the need to support himself in the U.S through writing, Cornwell decided to write such a series He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.Cornwell wanted to start the series with the Siege of Badajoz but decided instead to start with a couple of warm up novels These were Sharpe s Eagle and Sharpe s Gold, both published in 1981 Sharpe s Eagle was picked up by a publisher, and Cornwell got a three book deal He went on to tell the story of Badajoz in his third Sharpe novel, Sharpe s Company, published in 1982.Cornwell and wife Judy co wrote a series of novels, published under the pseudonym Susannah Kells These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms aka The Aristocrats in 1986 Cornwell s strict Protestant upbringing informed the background of A Crowning Mercy, which took place during the English Civil War In 1987, he also published Redcoat, an American Revolutionary War novel set in Philadelphia during its 1777 occupation by the British.After publishing eight books in his ongoing Sharpe series, Cornwell was approached by a production company interested in adapting them for television The producers asked him to write a prequel to give them a starting point to the series They also requested that the story feature a large role for Spanish characters to secure co funding from Spain The result was Sharpe s Rifles, published in 1987, and a series of Sharpe television films staring Sean Bean.A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord aka Killer s Wake in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.In June 2006, Cornwell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen s 80th Birthday Honours List.Cornwell s latest work, Azincourt, was released in the UK in October 2008 The protagonist is an archer who participates in the Battle of Agincourt, another devastating defeat suffered by the French in the Hundred Years War However, Cornwell has stated that it will not be about Thomas of Hookton from The Grail Quest or any of his relatives.



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    1. This is my 1000th review!!! Woooo-hoooo!!!!One thousand, handcrafted and aged to perfect acceptable reviews. That's time and effort all given voluntarily to . Once upon a time you'd receive payment for content like that. Hell, even I'm old enough to have been paid by newspapers for my reviews. Not anymore! Now we provide GR all this free content and as payment we get automatic-play video ads on the homepage. Sometimes two videos of the same ad play simultaneously! That's just grand. Truly awesom [...]

    2. God, the cover. Honestly, what the hell was the publisher thinking with such an atrocious eyesore? It's kinda tiny on the site, so allow me to briefly describe it: it's this ugly orangeish-brownish blurry picture of a dragoon on his horse with a horribly low-res floating gun pointed at him. Really, why? No one's gonna say that Sharpe's Havoc is an unquestionable landmark of literary genius or anything ridiculous like that but it deserves a better treatment than that. It's a good example of what [...]

    3. Starting with a desperate evacuation of a town as an invading French army completes its conquest of northern Portugal and a pontoon bridge fails and sends hundreds of civilians to their crushed, watery deaths and ending with a freakily similar battle at another bridge in which the French receive more than a little poetic justice, Sharpe's Havoc is a hell of a fine read, like all of these books are.It's a funny old thing, though, reading a series like Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe books. But [...]

    4. My favorite series. Bernard Cornwell's books are timeless tales of an anti-hero bucking the system and using his smarts to outwit the folks who feel superiority is based on both wealth and birth. I have been reading these books for over ten years now, and Sharpe's struggle through the ranks, his courage and ingenuity have been entertaining as well as illuminating. The Sharpe series is about the birth of the modern British army. His battles scenes are told through a telescopic lens that places th [...]

    5. Good grief.Thus far, Sharpe's Havoc is easily the weakest installment of the series. The trope of the treasonous British officer was overused two books back and this time Sharpe does not even have anything interesting to do for most of the novel, hanging around for around a hundred pages at a mansion while his nemesis du jour engages in mustache-twirling evil around Portugal, presumably only prevented from tying the love interest du jour on railroad tracks by the Age of Steam still being just ar [...]

    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. It took forever to get involved in the story, to the point that I skipped it entirely and moved on to subsequent volumes. When I finally forced myself to push through it, it read much longer than its page count and had a hurried, abbreviated, barely outlined ending that could have been fleshed out into a novel of its own rather than tacked on as the final thirty pages of this one. Additionally, it shortchanged the antagonist, didn't wrap up thew love interests storyline, and was altogether disap [...]

    8. This one looks good, but I'm going to mark it "did not finish" for now. First I want to read SHARPE'S TIGER!

    9. Seventh in the Richard Sharpe military fiction series revolving around a lieutenant promoted up from the ranks. The action encompasses a retreat from Soult out of Oporto just before Wellesly arrives. My Take It's an interesting contrast between the "superior" upperclass blue blood values and those of scum from the gutter. Cornwell is a bit heavy-handed in it but he certainly gets the point across beautifully. I can't read his Sharpe series without wanting to find my own pistol!Cornwell keeps the [...]

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed the "first" three Sharpe novels set in India with their fast paced action, likeable characters and intriguing side plots. When the fresh baked Lieutenant left India and set out to join the 95th I could hardly wait for my order of the next two books to arrive. But, boy, was I in for a disappointment. Sharpe's Trafalgar was a serious letdown and the following Sharpe's Prey was despite some redeeming qualities almost as bad. I was close to giving up on Sharpe and move on with l [...]

    11. Another solid addition to the saga of the soldier turned officer in the time of the Napoleonic wars.This time Richard Sharpe is once again separated from his regiment and fighting in some skirmishes on the fringe of the northern Portugal campaign of 1809. Cornwell shows once again how well he can weave historical fact with fictional events and places and how he can keep the reader reading just one more page, just one more chapter before turning off the light and going to sleep.I think Sharpe as [...]

    12. Leutnant Sharpe sieht sich in Oporto einer neuen Aufgabe gegenüber. Er war mit seinen Leuten in Spanien von seiner Truppe getrennt worden und diente einem Militärkartographen als Sicherung im nördlichen Portugal. Nun aber steht die französische Invasionsarmee vor der Einnahme Oportos. Die Engländer und die Bewohner sind auf der Flucht. Gerade jetzt wird die Tochter einer Engländerin vermißt. Sharpe soll sie mit seinen Leuten suchen und sicher zurückbringen, gleichzeitig muß er einen Ges [...]

    13. Portugal, 1809: cut off from the main British army, Sharpe and his rifles are sent to find a missing British girl, then fall under the command of one Colonel Christopher, a suspiciously Machiavellian spy. This being Sharpe, the educated, disdainful and scheming Christopher is a traitor, and soon Sharpe is marching for revenge, and to take back his nicked telescope (a nice touch).This is more of the same grand Cornwell fiction, all high drama, detailed ordnance and a lot of bloodshed. While it ma [...]

    14. Ah another tale of Sharpe's riflemen. This time is placed on my beautiful city of Porto where the blue coated frenchmen sacked the village an the runaway refugees drowned in Douro :/ This was the second book I've read from this series and this time I've read it in english, where I've noticed the great use of slang that is lost on the portuguese translation (at least from Sharpe's Rifleman) which lead me to buy the next book in an english format. Although this is another well written work by Corn [...]

    15. Eigentlich 3,5 Sterne. Für mich nicht wirklich der "beste aller Sharpe-Romane", wie der Evening Standard meint. Es passiert nicht wirklich viel mit Sharpe und seinen Scharfschützen. Viele Kämpfe, wenig Story. Warte jetzt zwar mit Vorfreude, aber nicht ungeduldig auf Band 8, der im Januar/Februar erscheint. Dann einer der ersten erschienenen Romane und sicher mit mehr Geschichte. Sharpes Mission ist für mich ein Übergangsroman zwischen den älteren Romanen der Sharpe-Reihe.

    16. Took a while to get into but then the story took off, there are the usual things that get you interested. Our hero, though I still keep seeing Sean Bean, even though Sharpe has black hair. A character to hate and you hope will get it right where it hurts, plus a history lesson on the Napoleonic wars and fighting wars 200 years ago.

    17. Typically entertaining tale featuring the best British rifleman ever, Richard Sharpe. This book is set in 1809 and covers the French foray into Portugal. Listened to the audio read by the always impeccable Patrick Tull.

    18. Another decent read. A little too predictable in some respects and maybe a tad too gory n places for a comfortable read, but the details are good and the characters come alive in the story.

    19. A rare 5 star book for me. A work of historical fiction following the exploits of Lieutenant Sharpe during the 1809 Wellington campaign to push the French out of northern Portugal. Loved the writing by the author particularly his description of the heat of battle and how he has created a character that is perfectly imperfect. The plot never seems contrived even when you would think it would be forced to by events, boxing the Lieutenant into situations that appear to have not logical conclusion a [...]

    20. I love this series of historical fiction. Very readable accounts of actual battles made more interesting and enjoyable by the addition of Sharp.

    21. Very enjoyable. I like Bernard cornwells novels and I must read more of his Sharpe series. I really enjoyed the series with Sean Bean. But I'd like to read the series.

    22. A good book. I enjoyed more the previous one, but I think that this book is at the level of the best Bernard Cornwell's books, the best part is the fight in Porto's monastery, pure Sharpe.

    23. Another excellent entry in this series. As usual I found it hard to put down the book, found Sharpe a compelling and plausible central element, and learned more than I'd known before about Wellington’s career fighting Napoleon. This book focuses through Sharpe on Wellington's campaign in Portugal.

    24. Nuovo capitolo della saga di Richard Sharpe: senza infamia e senza lode.Finora il meno entusiasmante della serie.

    25. Seventh in the Richard Sharpe military fiction series revolving around a lieutenant promoted up from the ranks. The action encompasses a retreat from Soult out of Oporto just before Wellesly arrives.My TakeIt's an interesting contrast between the "superior" upperclass blue blood values and those of scum from the gutter. Cornwell is a bit heavy-handed in it, but he certainly gets the point across beautifully. I can't read his Sharpe series without wanting to find my own pistol!Cornwell keeps the [...]

    26. #7 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]6 months after escaping from Spain into Portugal, Sharpe and his men find themselves accompanying Captain Hogan of the Royal Engineers as he maps northern Portugal for the British Army garrisoning Oporto, with the French Army on its way.[return][return]Suddenly, Kate Savage, the daughter of a British wine factor in Oporto disappears. Hogan orders Sharpe to the Savage family summer home, Vila Real de Zedes, in order to find Kate and return her to he [...]

    27. I really can't believe that I've already read seven of the Sharpe books. Sharpe's Havoc is, so far, one of the finer entries, too. Bernard Cornwell is prolific as an historical author, but don't let that particular dirty word bother you, this novel is thoroughly well researched, excellently paced, packed full of historical detail and yet somehow doesn't get bogged down, and flows from start to finish.If you've read any other of the Sharpe books, which you probably have, as this is number seven, [...]

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