CORNWELL, Bernard SHARPE series
Title: Sharpe's Enemy : Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812. First American Edition in dustjacket, Signed.
Publisher:  Viking Press, New York, 1984, ISBN:0670639400
Seller ID: 75238
CORNWELL, Bernard. Sharpe's Enemy : Richard Sharpe and the Defense of Portugal, Christmas 1812. New York : The Viking Press, (1984). First American Printing. Pp. (6),-351,(3). With a map leaf. 8vo, black cloth spine with tan paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Bernard Cornwell, OBE (b.February 23, 1944, London). "The Gateway of God -- an out-of-the-way pass through the mountains of western Spain. At Christmastime in 1812 its tiny village of Adrados, once a place of religious miracle, becomes an unholy battleground of the Peninsular War, and Richard Sharpe, now a major in Wellington's army, is in the thick of it. Sharpe's enemies range from the vile army of deserters who have seized the convent of the village to French battalions threatening to smash their way through to Portugal; from the cold-blooded Parisian military strategist Pierre Ducos, to Sharpes own superior, the foolish Lord Farthingale. Foremost among the villains, however, is the sallow, twitching, utterly execrable figure of Obadiah Hakeswill, who brings tothe snow-bound, blasted end-game of this novel a knife's edge of tragedy. Sharpe's allies are few, but they include the redoubtable Irish giant Sergeant Patrick Harper, and a one-eyed captain, 'Sweet William' Frederickson, afighting man at once fierce and remarkably civilized. There is also Teresa , Sharpe's wife, the mother of his child, and a key soldier in the guerrilla war against the French. And there is, too, an arsenal of secret weapons never before tested in battle and as crucial as Sharpe's own rifle to the fiery climax at the Gateway of God." - from the dj. Hinges a bit shaky, some wear to bottom edge with minor bumping to spine ends, faint damp spot to top edge, else very good in clean, crisp, unclipped dustjacket. Signed without inscription by Cornwell on the title page. 250.00