Sharpe's Tiger

Sharpe's Tiger

Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799

Book - 2011
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As the British army fights its way through India toward a diabolical trap, young private Richard Sharpe must battle both man and beast behind enemy lines. It's 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just an illiterate young private in His Majesty's service, part of an expedition sent to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive his French allies out of India. Posing as a deserter, Sharpe must penetrate into the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there. Success will mean winning his sergeant stripes; failure, being turned over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners -- or his man-eating tigers. Picking his way through an exotic and alien world, one slip will mean disaster as Sharpe learns that he must fight his old comrades in order to save his own neck. Along the way, he keeps an eye out for Mysore's beautiful prostitutes, any stray loot he can get his hands on and the chance to learn his ABCs. But when the furious British assault on the city begins, Sharpe must fight with the fierceness and agility of a tiger himself to foil the Tippoo's well-set trap -- and to keep from being killed by his own side.
Publisher: London : Harper, 2011, c1997
Edition: Paperback edition
ISBN: 9780060932305
9780007425792
Branch Call Number: F COR NVD
Characteristics: 384 p. : map ; 20 cm

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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. http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/6149f0de-5c2f-44af-8a6e-e57fe1033a5b?postId=b1986b1b-fa21-43de-baeb-c27fb34f02d1

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devildog06
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!

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smschafer
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!

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kyleprince
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.

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PatrickT
Dec 24, 2010

Very enjoyable adventure story

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zipread
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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smschafer
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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