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CORNWELL, Bernard. Sharpe's Gold : Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810. New York : The Viking Press, (1981). First American Printing. Pp. (2),-250. 8vo, off-white cloth spine with brown paper-coveredboards, red lettering to spine. Bernard Cornwell, OBE (b. February 23, 194 4, London). Cornwell's second novel in the Sharpe series. "Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsula army - vastly outnumbered, its coffers empty - was on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government had fallen, the last Spanish armies had been crushed by the French, and all that was left were the peasants fighting the guerrilla, the 'little war'. But Wellington had one hope left. He knew that in the dangerous Portuguese hills lay a fortune of gold, enough gold perhaps to turn the Peninsular War around. And he knew of one fighting man capable of stealing it: Captain Richard Sharpe of the South Essex Regiment. [...Thisis] the gripping story of Sharpe's secret mission, an adventure unlike any form of warfare Sharpe has known in his long and embattled career as a sol dier fighting his way up through the ranks. It pits him not only against the French, but against El Católico, the guerrilla leader waging his own war of terror, and his mistress, Teresa, a woman of wildcat beauty and fierce courage; against his own superiors such as Major Kearsey, a man as brave as Sharpe but governed by a different set of rules; and against the seduction and treachery of the landscape itself. Finally, it leads Sharpe and his men, foremost among them the indomitable Irishman, Sgt. Patrick Harper, to thefortress town of Almeida, to a momentous and ruthless decision, and to an unforgetably explosive climax." - from the dj. Minor bumping to bottom fore-corner of both boards, very light spotting to top edge near spine, else very good in clean, crisp, unclipped dustjacket. Signed without inscription by Cornwell on the title page. 400.00
Title: Sharpe's Gold : Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810.First American Edition in dustjacket, Signed.
Publisher: Viking Press, New York, 1981, ISBN:0670639435:
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