CORNWELL, Bernard SHARPE series
Title: Sharpe's Fortress : Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803. 1st UK in dj. 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. "It is December, 1803, and Richard Sharpe is now an officer inSir Arthur Wellesley's army that is seeking to end the Mahratta War. Sharp e, just risen from the ranks, discovers that his fellow-officers are not unwelcoming. Unsure of his 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 thesky, the last refuge of a desperate enemy. Gawilghur has never fallen to a ssault, and bolstering its defences is the renegade Englishman, William Dodd, who escaped from Sharpe in 'Sharpe's Triumph'. The fortress, poised highabove the Deccan Plain, seems impregnable, and contains a trap for its att ackers. Dodd is confident that not redcoat can reach him, but Sharpe is desperate and so he joins Wellesley'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 and guns, he will fight as he has never fought before." - from the dj. Vg in clean, crisp, unclipped dj. Signed without inscription by Cornwell on the title page. 65.00