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Harlequin
Bernard Cornwell has a new series entitled "The Grail Quest" and "Harlequin" is the first book in the series. Thomas of Hookton is the son of a village priest and his housekeeper. The book opens with an attack on the English village by pirates from France. Thomas is the only survivor and vows to avenge his parents' death and recover the religious relic stolen from the church. He joins the army of King Edward III as an archer and goes to France to fi...
Sharpe's Havoc
HarperCollins, Apr 2003, 25.95, 306 pp. ISBN: 0060530464 In 1809 in the Iberian Peninsular, though isolated from his side's main forces, Richard Sharpe and his unit defend Oporto, Portugal from Napoleon's armies. The city and the surrounding area are home to the famous red wine and numerous influential English red wine-exporting families. His superior Captain Hogan assigns Richard to keep safe the House Beautiful wine heiress Kate Savage and k...
Sharpe's Tiger
In 1799, British infantry soldier Richard Sharpe is in the hot and deadly land of India, fighting against the Tippoo Sultan. In a dangerous mission to spy on the Sultan's forces, he and Lieutenant Jack Lawford and his sweetheart, Mary Bickerstaff, set off in the desert as deserters. Enduring a dangerous encounter with Indian soldiers, they are taken to the great fortress, where the Sultan's favorite method of torture and death are the deadly man eating ...
Sharpe's Trafalgar
Sharpe participates in a sea chase from India to Europe. The chase culminates in the Battle of Trafalgar with Sharpe in the thick of it. A great naval story in the wooden ships and iron men mode. ...

Cornwell booklist

Sharpe's Triumph
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The Winter King
This is an Arthurian legend told from the point of view of one of the soldiers. All the usual cast of characters is involved but personalities differ from other stories. A lot of fighting and big battles, war leaders hurling (really hilarious) insults and druids dancing around cursing each other. This is the first book in a series of four - it is mostly concerned with the trying to keep the saxons out of the country and trying not to kill each other i...
Waterloo: Sharpe's Final Adventure Campaign
British rifleman Richard Sharpe re-joins the Army and takes part in the Battle of Waterloo. Before he can face the armies of Napoleon he must deal with his unfaithful wife and her cowardly lover. A great novel!...


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