Sharpe's Tiger

Sharpe's Tiger

Richard Sharpe and the Seige of Seringapatam, 1799

Book - 1999
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From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the first exciting adventure in the world-renowned Sharpe series, chronicling the rise of Richard Sharpe, a Private in His Majesty's Army at the siege of Seringapatam.

"The greatest writer of historical adventures today."

--Washington Post

Richard Sharpe. Soldier, 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, [1999], ©1999
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060932305
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cor
Description: 385 pages ; 21 cm


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Sharpe's Tiger introduces readers to Sharpe, a private in His Majesty's Army at the siege of Seringapatam in India in September 1803, as the fearless but inexperienced young soldier undertakes an essential undercover mission that places him on the wrong side of the conflict when the British assau... Read More »

Richard Sharpe--Soldier, 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. - See more at: http://l... Read More »

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ChristchurchLib Apr 27, 2015

"A less-than-heroic infantryman in the British Army's 33rd Regiment of Foot, private Richard Sharpe is contemplating desertion with the widow of a fallen comrade when his actions earn him a court martial and a sentence of 2,000 lashes. One of Sharpe's superiors intervenes and halts the punishment, but only to give the disgraced soldier a dangerous assignment. Sharpe must masquerade as a member of Tipu Sultan's army, infiltrate the besieged city of Mysore, and establish contact with a Scottish spy. Set during the Seige of Seringapatam in 1799, this is the 1st book in the long-running Richard Sharpe series. Although the action eventually shifts to Europe's battlefields, this novel and its immediate sequels, Sharpe's triumph and Sharpe's fortress, take place in India."
Historical Fiction, April 2015 newsletter.

Jan 15, 2014

Great series of books, Sharpe's anything. However, this ebook has so many typos. I have not seen the like of this many typos in an ebook. It's like its a Chinese knock off! Typos are distracting, but I was able to soldier through nevertheless!

May 02, 2013

A fast paced exciting read! If you enjoy historical fiction you will enjoy this book! This was my first Sharpe book and I intend to read more! Recomended!

Jul 30, 2011

Sharpe's Tiger is one of Cornwell's best. We see Richard Sharpe how he got started in the Kings army during the India Campaign in the early part of the war with France, his encounters with historical officers, heroes and villians, his rivalry with The evil Seargant Obidiah Hakeswill who tries to kill him and his fight with the Tipoo of Mysore and his soldiers and French Allies.

Dec 24, 2010

Very enjoyable adventure story

Oct 29, 2010

We all know Cornwell writes a riveting tale of sheer suspense and excitement. And this one's true to form. Our tale takes place in India where the British rahj must reassert its power if it is to extend its reign further into the sub continent. The enemy is the tippoo, the man who would thwart Britain's designs. Surrounded by sweemingly impregnable fortification, he confidently expects to stave off the redcoats.
Sharpe is sent on a seemingly hopless mission of espionage to determine where the fortifications lie and to warn the British not to attack through the west wall which has been delinerately left ubder fortified in order to goad the redcoats into fallowing into a fiendish trap that will cost them many lives.
In addition to the usual weaponry such as muskets, pistols, cannon, and sword of many varieties we have rockets, strongmen who can take a man's life with their bare hands and ferocious tigers who kill to eat.
This is also where we first meet Sargent Harkswell, a malevolent slimeball who will stop at nothing to elliminate our Hero. He truly believes ha caqnnot die.


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May 02, 2013

"An army isn't made of it's officers, you know, though we officers like to think it is. An army is no better than its men, and when you find good men, you must look after them. That's an officer's job." Colonel Gudin, P.353


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