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Sharpe's Battle is part of a series of books by Bernard Cornwell, the series is based on a fictional British Soldier, Richard Sharpe during the 17/1800's, it is historically fiction based on real battles and sometimes real events during this time. The books where originally during the Napoleonic wars but Bernard Cornwell has since written about his time before this war.
This book is the 12th in the series in the Sharpe series and was published in 1995, by HarperCollins and is also available in audio book.
As usual the book is well written and the plot is gripping with good battles which are descriptive and have been well researched, a variety of plots running at once crossing over each other and easy to read
The book is set in the spring of 1811 and Richard Sharpe and his men are still in Portugal fighting the French, Sharpe is given a Spanish battalion the Real Compania Irlandesa which is the bodyguard of the captive King of Spain to train and defend the Portuguese fort of San Isidro which is crumbling and along the front lines.
The battalion are more used to parade ground duties than the battlefield and after an attack by an elite French Unit commanded by Brigadier General Loup, Sharpe and his men have to defend the fort from the enemy amidst unsettlement and desertion amongst his own men.
Richard Sharpe - British army, main character
Patrick Harper - Sergeant in the 95th
Brigadier General Loup- French Military Officer