Monday, May 27, 2013

Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell

It is 1807 and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, recently returned to England, is offered a new job: go to Copenhagen, help the Honourable John Lavisser deliver a bribe, and so stop a war. It seems very easy.
But nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every warship the French lost at Trafalgar and Napoleon's forces are gathering to take it. The British must stop them.
Sharpe is ordered to protect Lavisser against the French agents who infest the Danish capital. It is a shadow war of spies and brutality in which Sharpe is a sacrificial pawn. But sometimes pawns can change the game.
As the Danish army attempts to raise the British siege, it is met by Sir Arthur Wellesley with a force of redcoats and riflemen. Copenhagen is doomed, IN nights of merciless British bombardment, Sharpe must protect a woman, hunt a traitor and stay alive.
From Goodreads

This book only just made it to 3 Polar Bears. I needed a book that was historical fiction and a book that was number 5 in a series and this book fit. Another reason to choose this book was that most of it takes place in Denmark and, as I am Danish, this appealed to me. After reading it, which at times was hard going, I must admit that it taking place in Denmark just wasn't enough when I am no fan of military books. I liked the main character which was part of bringing this from 2 to 3 Polar Bears.

This book qualifies for:
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
Serious Readers 2013
Tower Teams Read 2013-2
2013 Sequel Reading Challenge
2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge (historical fiction)

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