By Bernard Cornwell
Bestselling novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to his renowned Richard Sharpe sequence with this eighteenth marvelous installment, which reveals his liked hero within the center of war-torn Denmark, attempting to shield the prized Danish fleet from Napoleon Bonaparte's ambitions.The yr is 1807, and Richard Sharpe is again in England, the place his profession turns out to have come to a useless finish. Loveless, destitute, and relegated to the menial initiatives of quartermaster, Sharpe roams the streets of London, brooding about a bleak destiny clear of the military. Then, all of a sudden, an outdated buddy invitations him to adopt a mystery challenge -- the supply of a bribe -- to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is formally impartial, yet Napoleon is threatening an invasion with the intention to catch the robust Danish fleet, which may exchange the ships France misplaced in its disastrous defeat at Trafalgar. The British, fearing such enhancement of French strength, threaten their very own preemptive invasion, and Sharpe, whose errand appeared so uncomplicated, is trapped in an internet of treachery that may finish purely whilst town, which proposal itself secure, is subjected to a brutal and cruel bombardment.Sharpe's Prey -- the chronological sequel to Sharpe's Trafalgar -- unearths Bernard Cornwell on the most sensible of his bestselling shape, combining the meticulous old element and extraordinary conflict scenes he is well-known for with a plot that races at breakneck velocity towards the ultimate, bloody conflict that threatens to smash Copenhagen.
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He poured himself more ale. " Sharpe leaned back, pretending to think. " he suggested. "Twenty companies? Say we lose four boys a year to the enemy and another six die of fever or manage to grow up? Ten lads a year? " Hocking managed to hide his enthusiasm. " "Aye, but how much? " "Two pounds apiece," Sharpe said. He was amazed at his own glibness. He had dreamed of this revenge, plotting it in his imagination without ever thinking he would actually work it, yet now the lines were slipping off his tongue with convincing ease.
Nothing. "Bloody hell, Grace," he said aloud and men on the street gave him room, thinking him either mad or drunk. " The anger was welling inside him, thick and dark, a fury that wanted to explode in violence or else drown itself in drink. Three shillings and threepence bloody halfpenny. He could get well drunk on that, but the ale and gin he had taken at midday was already sour in his belly. What he wanted was to hurt someone, anyone. Just a blind, desperate anger. He had not planned it this way.
He sank half the ale, then gave Sharpe a suspicious look. " "Drummer boys," Sharpe said. The 95th did not employ drummer boys, but he doubted Jem Hocking understood that. "Drummer boys," Hocking said. "I've got lads that could beat a drum. They ain't much good for anything, but they can beat a drum. But why come to me for them, Major? Why not go to Lewes? " Hocking could not hide his astonishment. "There are women on the Board," Sharpe said. " Hocking exclaimed. He shook his head in exasperation and despair.
Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe & the Expedition to Denmark, 1807 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #5) by Bernard Cornwell