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Only two obstacles stand between Napoleon's mighty army and its seemingly certain conquest of Portugal: a land wasted and stripped of food at Wellington's orders . . . and Captain Richard Sharpe. But perils from within and without threaten the bold captain of the Light Company -- the hatred and incompetence of a superior officer, the vicious treachery of a false ally, and the overwhelming numbers of a fierce, determined enemy -- combining to make Sharpe's escape a near impossibility.
“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.”
“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
“Presents to the contemporary reader an important part of history that Americans know little about.”
-Los Angeles Times
“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