Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (Paperback)
From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the tenth installment in the world-renowned Sharpe series, chronicling the rise of Richard Sharpe, a Private in His Majesty's Army at the siege of Seringapatam.
Sharpe's job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus - a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal's ancient university city.
Sharpe's Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massena's crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.
“Prepare to have your buckles swashed.”
“An altogether rousing tale of revenge and derring-do....Cornwell’s cinematically detailed battle pieces [are] literal tours de force.”
-Michael Dirda in The Washington Post
“Sharpe aficionados will rejoice....With fully fleshed-out characters and keen human insight, Cornwell just keeps getting better.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Highly recommended ... A worthy entry in the Sharpe series, this book will be eagerly anticipated by Cornwell’s many readers.”
“Presents to the contemporary reader an important part of history that Americans know little about.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today.”
“Richard Sharpe has the most astounding knack for finding himself where the action is…and adding considerably to it.”
-Wall Street Journal