Sharpe's Tiger

Sharpe's Tiger

Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam, 1799

eBook - 2005
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The year is 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just beginning his military career. An inexperienced young private in His Majesty's service, Sharpe becomes part of an expedition to India to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive out his French allies. To penetrate the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there, Sharpe has to pose as a deserter. Success will make him a sergeant, but failure will turn him over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners--or, worse--his man-eating tigers. Picking his way through an exotic and alien world. Sharpe realizes that one slip will mean disaster. And when the furious British assault on the city finally begins, Sharpe must take up arms against his true comrades to preserve his false identity, risking death at their hands in order to avoid detection and thus to foil the Tippoo's well-set trap.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : PerfectBound, 2005.
ISBN: 9780061136214
0061136212
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Summary: The year is 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just beginning his military career. An inexperienced young private in His Majesty's service, Sharpe becomes part of an expedition to India to push the ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive out his French allies. To penetrate the Tippoo's city and make contact with a Scottish spy being held prisoner there, Sharpe has to pose as a deserter. Success will make him a sergeant, but failure will turn him over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners--or, worse--his man-eating tigers. Picking his way through an exotic and alien world. Sharpe realizes that one slip will mean disaster. And when the furious British assault on the city finally begins, Sharpe must take up arms against his true comrades to preserve his false identity, risking death at their hands in order to avoid detection and thus to foil the Tippoo's well-set trap.

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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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