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Sharpe's Command: The latest thrilling adventure from the best-selling master of historical fiction, the perfect gift for Christmas 2023

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Cornwell seems to be having a fun time writing these days, as this was just full of clever wit from the always lovable duo of Sharpe and Harper along with an earnest but bumbling young artillery lieutenant who provided plenty of comic relief. Sharpe was essentially Sean Bean as Sharpe – which is fine for the films, but doesn’t work on print as he’s never been Sean Bean in the book series? A little by the numbers in some places and the main antagonist was a little mid but the action is as high octane as ever and I really enjoyed the climax . It’s so obvious that the publishers were desperate for a new novel that’s what Bernard did, only he wrote it in daze.

Bernard, if you’re going to keep writing Sharpe, please do him justice, this was just Sharpe by numbers. The allies utilized an escalade on the fort's walls, and the details made everything stand out vividly. To mark Folio’s 75th anniversary, Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story is published as a magical new edition, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Marie-Alice Harel and bursting with exquisite design details. This was exactly the change of pace I needed after Dance with Dragons, and I hope Cornwell still has more of these in him since it'll be a sad day when I have no more new Sharpe stories to enjoy. I understand if Bernard Cornwell had forgotten certain things about the series because it has been a long time since he’s written a Sharpe book, but there were big inconsistency and editing issues throughout this.These were A Crowning Mercy, published in 1983, Fallen Angels in 1984, and Coat of Arms (aka The Aristocrats) in 1986. Like Sharpe having had his rifle for longer than it had already been established he'd had it for, and so on. If you enjoyed any of the previous Sharpe books I think you would like this book and if you have never read any of Bernard Cornwell’s books and are a fan of Military Historical Fiction then I would recommend this series. The groundbreaking debut novel of Hugo Award-winning author Becky Chambers, one of the most imaginative voices in contemporary science fiction, is a truly galactic limited edition. As such, the Spanish Guerilla leader Teresa is still a major part of Sharpe's life, and also plays a role in the action-packed proceedings here.

SHARPE’S COMMAND is the brand new novel in the bestselling historical series that has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. It is not that it is inexplicable how he could have become a leader, rather that all the plausible explanations just mean he’s not a very interesting enemy. Poor old Richard Sharpe gets to fight in what seems to be every action in the Peninsular War and into France (and there are the pre-sequel and post-sequel books too). A series of contemporary thrillers with sailing as a background and common themes followed: Wildtrack published in 1988, Sea Lord (aka Killer's Wake) in 1989, Crackdown in 1990, Stormchild in 1991, and Scoundrel, a political thriller, in 1992.

How about a book on Richard III, one of the worst British kings ever and one of the most reprehensible? Featuring extraordinary illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and an exclusive introduction by Janina Ramirez, each of the 750 numbered copies has been signed by both contributors. Sharpe and his band of loyal and cunning riflemen are sent on reconnaissance but of course end up playing a key role in the conflict to come.

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