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10 thoughts on “Sharpe's Tiger

  1. Lani Lani says:

    Ah the delicious historical crack that is the Sharpe series If ever there were a series of books that needed a drinking game this is it and I mean that in the best most entertaining way possible Sharpe hits something drink Sharpe is unjustly punished drink Sharpe saves the life of a superior officer drink Sharpe drinks drink Sharpe does something noble even though he hates doing it drink Sharpe pretends to be dumber than he is as a plot point drinkAnd that's just in the first twenty pages

  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    India tigers and Richard Sharpe Where are we What happened to my Napoleonic War historical fiction seriesOnce upon a time Bernard Cornwell's series following Rifleman Richard Sharpe's career in Wellington's army during the Napoleonic Wars began in media res The embattled rifleman was stuck in with his brothers on the European continent fighting a losing warAfter the originals were finished Cornwell restarted the series and although this preuel is decent showcasing his improved writing I would've liked to have seen of a character de transformation sending him back in time This retains too much of what the man would later become Sharpe is too cool too confident in Tiger Don't get me wrong there's some good stuff here The history is laid on nicely with Sharpe essentially doing battle with a sultan during England's colony period in India Old friendemies return like the despicable Sgt Hakeswill The action is occasionally fun and exciting as per usual However it all feels inconseuential perhaps because the ultimate evil isn't Napoleon in this instanceWhen the original series ended in a natural fashion soon after Waterloo Cornwell realized he had a good thing going so he wrote uite a few preuels and additions to stick in between the existing timeline They feel a tad rushed a little forced It's like he's pushing them into the timeline and pushing them out publishing wise because he's got a cash cow on his hands Who could blame him But even without blame one wishes time and tenderness was implemented in rendering his rough and ready tenderless soldier It's still good action packed historical fiction but Cornwell can do better You know he can because he's done it before

  3. Shannon Shannon says:

    This is the first in the James Bond style Sharpe series focusing on Sharpe's earlier times in the British regiment as a privateIt's close to the turn of the century late 18th century and focuses on Sharpe's time in India as different groups struggle for power of the realm Through luck and desperation Sharpe goes undercover with a lieutenant to rescue a colonel from a fortified enemy city This colonel is vital because he has crucial information for the British to take the town successfullyA fun enough read but I find myself enjoying Cornwell's non Sharpe novels the most STORYPLOTTINGEDITING B minus to B; CHARACTERSDIALOGUE B; ACTIONADVENTURE B; OVERALL GRADE B; WHEN READ 2010 revised review mid November 2012view spoilerSPOILERS I still remember the Eastern Indians ruler who executed people by pounding a spike into the back of their head The weakest part of the wall was another piece which comes to mind hide spoiler

  4. Christopher Bunn Christopher Bunn says:

    I've read and re read the Sharpe series countless times For me they're arguably one of the finest collections of historical fiction written Cornwell knows what he's doing and does it well There are some easy potshots to take at the books The biggest one is that each book is essentially the same plot Sharpe is thrown into an underdog fight he saves the girl and emerges victorious against all odds However that's fairly irrelevant due to everything else the books have to offer Cornwell packs in the historical detail weaving it seamlessly into the fiction of Sharpe's character Reading through the entire series we're given a superb look at the military career of Wellington as well as the Napoleonic war from the political maneuvering of the London politicians to the allied tensions of Spain and Portugal the conditions on the ground for the foot soldiers and the heart breaking triumphs and tragedies of the various campaigns of the British Army Cornwell draws Sharpe with a careful hand creating an affable protagonist with just enough of the anti hero in him to provide logical motivation for his freuent and ruthless savagery He also spends the time to create fascinating three dimensional supporting characters from the loathsome villain Obadiah Hakeswill to Sharpe's comrade in arms Harper In addition the obligatory female love interest in each book is also given careful attention resulting in complex characters with eually complex roles and motivationsIt's a superb series a bit on the violent side but I can't recommend them highly enough Sharpe's Tiger is a wonderful beginning set in India during some of the rajah wars of the British East India Company Sharpe begins there as a lowly private of course and while it's a long journey from the Indian subcontinent to the conclusion of the Napoleonic wars rest assured that it's a delightful one with excellent companionsEither the BBC or ITV I can't recall which shot the books as a mini series with Sean Bean in the lead I don't have much of an opinion on that as I've only seen part of one episode

  5. Jim Jim says:

    An excellent beginning to a great series if you like historical fiction Cornwell does an excellent job depicting the people the times He captures the essence of the battle the issues surrounding it but through the eyes of a common infantry man Richard SharpeSharpe is not a nice guy but he's not a bad man either He is the product of his times that often leads him to actions most would be hesitant to take As he says in one place he's not a rapist but he's lied murdered stolen when he had to Above all he's a tough man in a tough situation who manages to surviveI've read another of this series seen some of the 1 hour shows which were aired on PBS There were also VHS tapes available from the library for a while Both my wife I enjoyed them although Sharpe on screen is a much cleaner man than the books portray him to be Still we liked both I look forward to reading of the series

  6. Nate Nate says:

    I had a ton of fun with this book This was my first Sharpe novel but not my first Cornwell I started with The Last Kingdom I have to insist I'm pretty sure I brought this up in another Cornwell review but whatever that this might be a better way to get into history than being forced to look at dusty textbooks when you're six if someone had handed me a copy of this book when I was like 10 it would have sparked my interest in history way earlier and I think it would do the same for most people I mean obviously this idea has its drawbacks and reasons to prevent it from happening but seriously it's just for me probably the most fun way to learn about this stuff But I digressAs far as the guy the books are named after he's obviously very charismatic and likable but is flawed enough to be interesting and not too much of a Mary Sue He's brave smart loyal and relatively compassionate but at the same time he enjoys killing people a bit too much isn't above looting dead dudes and was a criminal before his career in the army This kind of juxtaposition keeps it interesting for me I mean you're not gonna get any stunningly insightful characterization from Cornwell but no one should be reading these books for thatThere were so many entertaining parts of this book that I want to talk about but it would spoil the good stuff for anyone who might read this As always Cornwell has a ton of action in his story and the climactic assault on Seringapatam is pretty thrilling Lots of dudes firing rockets in every possible direction musket volleys galore stuff blowing up real nice people getting eaten by tigersthe wholesome and gentle Cornwell we all know and love A minor complaint I do have is that Cornwell gives little to no impression of the geography and landscape of India itself which is something I liked a lot about the Saxon stuff Obviously he's familiar with England but I still noticed and missed itBefore I wrap this up I just have to mention who I consider to be Cornwell's greatest success in villain creation; Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill What a fucking evil creep I'm sure he'll eventually get murdered by Sharpe but I hope I see a lot of him before that happens It's awesome that Cornwell wrote so many of these books I look forward to reading them People mention that Cornwell's formulaic but I mean that's what most of his readers including myself want from him; reliably entertaining and relatively educational books where the good guys always go through crazy shit and beat the bad guys If Cornwell embarked on some weird free association Faulkner trip and published a bunch of books in that style I'd be pissed or maybe it'd be awesome

  7. JD JD says:

    This book is fast paced and full of adventure The author does a really good job at describing the characters and the backdrop of the story I know almost nothing about this part of history and the author does a really good job at explaining everything so one understands how everything of that era works This book is what I love about reading finding out new things and Sharpe is a great protagonist Will definitely read of the Sharpe series in the future

  8. David David says:

    This excellent historical novel is the first in a series about Richard Sharpe a soldier in the British army in 1799 The army is setting out to attack a city in southern India Unfortunately the leader of the city the Tippoo has set up a brilliant trap to surprise the attackersAlthough Sharpe was a thief before joining the army he is a very clever intelligent likable rogue Nevertheless Sharpe is bedeviled by a hateful cowardly British sergeant In the middle of a brutal flogging Sharpe is unwittingly saved by a general and ordered to join an officer to spy on the Indian cityOnce in the city Sharpe and the officer pretend to be British deserters and join a battalion of European soldiers He finds that the commander a French officer is actually uite a compassionate intelligent human being who treats his subordinates with dignity This is in stark contrast with British officers who treat their soldiers with contempt as sub human cannon fodderThis is a fine adventure story filled with action and a big dose of violence Bernard Cornwell tells a great story one that closely follows the historical record The story is uite believable but at times becomes melodramatic as coincidental events occur just in timeI didn't read this book I listened to it as an audiobook The narrator Frederick Davidson does a fantastic job bringing all of the characters to life There are many accents; English Irish Scottish Indian and French and Davidson plays them well in the numerous dialogues

  9. Sud666 Sud666 says:

    I'm a big fan of Bernard Cornwell and loved his Saxon Swords series I'd heard of Sharpe but this was my first time reading it Luckily I started with the first book in the seriesPrivate Richard Sharpe of the 33rd Regiment of Foot The Havercakes is in India His Regiment is going to fight Tippoo Sultan of Mysore This fascinating journey takes you into a British Army regiment of the late 1700's 1799 Cornwell's descriptions are spot on and a pleasure to read Complex concepts like the operational plan to take Seringapatam are explained through narrative in an understandable way The story is uite exciting and fairly accurate to real historyAlong the way we see Sharpe run afoul of the awful Sgt Hakeswill go on a secret mission and eventually help the British in their conuest of the city I generally believe that with historical fiction books there can be no spoilers say what The British eventually controlled India Um Yeah but I will still leave the plot up to you Heck even a young Col Arthur Wellesley eventually to become Duke of Wellington and a bane of Napoleon makes an appearanceSharpe reminds me of Uthred from the Saxon Tales a capable warrior who sometimes gets on the wrong side of powerful people But I liked Sharpe and the fact that he got his revenge in the end something Uthred always had an issue with Good for SharpeOn a historical note the fact that Cornwall has a mine be the reason for the breached wall would be disputed by historians since there was a mysterious explosion two days before the assault but likely caused my artillery hitting a munitions dump But it makes for a good story Also kudos to making sure Tippoo was a Muslim There has been an unfortunate trend in SJW revisionist Indian historians who view Tippoo as a proto independence fighter to project him as a secret Hindu He wasn't Not even a teeny tiny bit Plus while he was anti British he ruled over a Hindu city and would have allowed in the French instead So not exactly a pro India kinda guy Especially not a Hindu India He was however a truly brave individual and gets his due credit in the storyBut those two asides don't detract from the overall excellence of this period piece of military historical fiction set in India during 1799 Consider me a Sharpe fan

  10. ☽•☾-Grimalkin-☽•☾ ☽•☾-Grimalkin-☽•☾ says:

    My story is better it has tigers D455

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