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Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815 (The Sharpe Series, Book 20) par [Cornwell, Bernard]
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Sharpe’s Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15–18 June, 1815 (The Sharpe Series, Book 20) Format Kindle

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SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY eBook edition of Bernard Cornwell’s classic novel, with a new foreword by the author.

It is 1815. Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the Prince of Orange, who refuses to listen to Sharpe’s reports of an enormous army, led by Napoleon, marching towards them.

The Battle of Waterloo commences and it seems as if Sharpe must stand by and watch the grandest scale of military folly. But at the height of battle, as victory seems impossible, Sharpe takes command and the most hard-fought and bloody battle of his career becomes his most magnificent triumph.

Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.


Bernard Corwell, author of Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Seige, and Sharpe's Revenge, continues the saga of Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe in this, his final adventure. Just as he comes face-to-face with his estranged wife and her lover at a grand society ball, news comes that the British-Prussian link is under attack. In the Battle of Waterloo, Sharpe once again plays a pivotal role in the outcome of a great British triumph.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 467 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins (24 juillet 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002RI9PJ0
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I admit that I like Cornwell's books. They may be fiction, but they have the feeling of authenticity (historical facts) and you can imagine what was happening.
In this book, Sharpe is the person that links various events during the Battle of Waterloo. And Cornwell writes in such a captivating manner that you keep reading. And when the book is finished, I downloading history books on Napoleon, the Battle ...
The Kindle version has 1 disadvantage : it is not that easy to get back to maps etc. but you can look up words (and that is a really practical feature).

Waterloo is a very good book. Recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a great book - The entire series is well worth your investment 19 mars 2016
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Whatever your opinion of the Battle of Waterloo, who won, who lost it was certainly the beginning of the end, the final end of the Napoleonic wars. Cornwell treats his reenactment of the battle well and, as always, he uses master storytelling to make it an interesting novel that covers only the four days of Allied Forces activity leading up to the final battle near Waterloo. Cornwell lightly inserts the fictitious Sharpe and the Prince of Wales Own Volunteers to help create fictitious eyewitness accounts of the real action. I'm not an authority on the subject, just an interested party but I find that it is obvious that Cornwell has done his research and poured his knowledge of the subject into this story. I am a fan of the author and I think you'll find that this book does an outstanding job of wrapping up all the loose ends of the ongoing story without giving Sharpe's final account of the life that continues beyond this book. I still have one more full length novel to read in the series but up to this point I say every book is great, there are no duds here. I recommend the entire series and further recommend you begin at the first chronological book in the series, Sharpe's Tiger, to get the entire Sharpe experience. This is hours of great entertainment at a cheap price.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sharpe at Waterloo 4 août 2016
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You didn't think that Sharpe was going to miss this one did you? True he had finally found a true home with Lucille in France of all places but he has fought with Wellington since India. He has lived through battles from Portugal and Spain and thought the Emperor was defeated.

When Napoleon makes one last stab out of exile in an attempt to snatch glory from disgrace you knew Sharpe would be there.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A read well worth having. 18 mai 2017
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Bernard Cornwell is one of my all-time favorite historical action writers. If you haven't tried him, get "Sharpe's Tiger" and you'll be hooked.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A breathtaking account of one of history's greatest battles 26 juin 2009
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"Waterloo" isn't the last book in the Sharpe series, either chronologically, or to be written, but it's the one you're waiting for, the culmination of it all. Sharpe and Wellington have been fighting through Spain and France for years, we've read 19 previous books about Sharpe, and now it's that earth-shattering historical battle.

Cornwell does not disappoint. The subject matter's importance is signified deliberately in Cornwell's signoff - he does not conclude with "Sharpe's Waterloo" - and unwittingly in the American edition's dropping of Sharpe's name from the title. Cornwell suggests elsewhere that this was not his choice, but it's just as well. It would have been a stretch to make this "Sharpe's Waterloo". Cornwell does well to find a couple of key places to throw Sharpe into the action, helping hold a key redoubt, a walled farm, early in the day, and rallying one of three battered British units - another led by Wellington himself - to stand and hold against a superior French advance late in the day.

As he writes elsewhere, he tried to work in the small story - in this case, Sharpe's estranged wife Jane, who in the previous installment has taken up with a Nancy-boy aristocrat, stolen Sharpe's fortune and now needs him dead so that she may remarry and shake off the scandal attaching to her. The lover seeks some military experience for the glory it will bring him, and the three meet in Belgium.

But there is less here than meets the eye. Cornwell says he just couldn't get going in the small story, what with Waterloo looming in the background.

Sharpe, now living with Lucille Castineau in Normandy, signs up with the Dutch force led by William, Duke of Orange, mostly for the pay but really because he can't stay away. Neither can Harper, now a civilian tavern owner and horse trader in Dublin. Their loose affiliation allows Cornwell to let them roam at the battle, giving the reader an opportunity to see more theaters of action.

His description of the battle, as well as the Franco-British battle leading to it, at Quatre Bras, is just breathtaking. This is the climactic meeting of Napoleon and Wellington, who have never faced each other in battle - the tyrannical French battlefield genius, who inspired an empire and an army while bringing death to millions; and the underrated, understated, but undefeated general for a nation which takes its sailors more seriously, and who amazingly retook Spain and Portugal back from much larger French armies.

In so doing Wellington learned to trump Napoleon's signature tactic: the use of huge columns of soldiers marching shoulder to shoulder to a terrifying drumbeat, those in front sure to die but protecting those behind them, who ultimately overwhelm the enemy with their numbers and relentless advance. This worked until French troops met disciplined, fast-firing British musket lines. Still, Napoleon at Waterloo has a huge force at his disposal, far more artillery and cavalry than Wellington does, and brings the latter to bear in all its medieval pageantry. And the fate of Europe, and the course of history, is in the balance; we know it now and they knew it then.

Cornwell takes 120 pages to describe the climactic day itself, and at the end, the reader feels wrung out. The sweep of the battle - the many changes of momentum, the numerous cavalry charges, the threats of the big columns - is awe-inspiring, and Cornwell succeeds in letting the drama emerge naturally.

Wellington is outmanned by Napoleon and salvation lies only with the arrival of his Prussian allies, for whom he waits ... and waits ... and waits. The Allies almost lost this battle, with egregious tactical errors that Cornwell places largely in William's lap, although Cornwell notes that historians don't all agree with that, or indeed about much of what happened. One wonders how Napoleon, on the attack most of the day, managed to lose, but then that's what makes for the drama - the moments that the tide is about to break, and some heroic countermeasure stops it. You realize that battles like these are not all about gunfire and numbers, but about the hearts of the men who fight them - what sinks their spirits to the breaking point, and what lifts them to victory.

(Having Sharpe in their midst, of course.)
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Waterloo (Sharpe) 22 décembre 2013
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After reading most of the Sharpe series, I began to find Cornwell's battle scenes very tedious reading indeed. If I were asked, I would recommend that only 3 or 4 off these meticulously researched books be read at one stretch. The historical notes are important collateral reading, and access to Google/Wikipedia is important as well. Quite aside the entertainment value, I found the series quite educational.
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