CORNWELL, Bernard SHARPE series
Title: Sharpe's Fortress : Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed.
Publisher:  HarperCollins, London, 1999, ISBN:0002256312
Seller ID: 75079
CORNWELL, Bernard. Sharpe's Fortress : Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803. (London) : HarperCollins Publishers, (1999). First UKPrinting. Pp. -302,(2). Map endpapers. 8vo, red cloth with gilt letteri ng to spine. Bernard Cornwell, OBE (b. February 23, 1944, London)."It is December, 1803, and Richard Sharpe is now an officer in Sir Arthur Wellesley's army that is seeking to end the Mahratta War. Sharpe, just risen from theranks, discovers that his fellow-officers are not unwelcoming. Unsure of h is authority and uncomfortable in the mess, he is failing, and his failure seems assured when he is relegated to a tedious job in the baggage train. There Sharpe discovers a treason has been conjured up by his oldest and worst enemy, Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill, but in uncovering this Sharpe finds himself alone and under dreadful threat. He falls back on his fighting ability to regain hsi confidence and his treasure, the jewels of the Tippoo Sultan, which have been stolen from him. The search for revenge on the men who robbed him takes him to Gawilghur, the fortress in the sky, the last refuge of a desperate enemy. Gawilghur has never fallen to assault, and bolsteringits defences is the renegade Englishman, William Dodd, who escaped from Sh arpe in 'Sharpe's Triumph'. The fortress, poised high above the Deccan Plain, seems impregnable, and contains a trap for its attackers. Dodd is confident that not redcoat can reach him, but Sharpe is desperate and so he joinsWellesley's troops as they surge across the neck of land that leads to the breaches. There, in the horror of Gawilghur's ravine, dominated by walls a nd guns, he will fight as he has never fought before." - from the dj. Very good in clean, crisp, unclipped dustjacket. Signed without inscription by Cornwell on the title page. 65.00