By Bernard Cornwell
Bestselling novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to his renowned Richard Sharpe sequence with this eighteenth striking installment, which unearths his cherished hero within the center of war-torn Denmark, attempting to guard the prized Danish fleet from Napoleon Bonaparte's ambitions.The yr is 1807, and Richard Sharpe is again in England, the place his occupation turns out to have come to a useless finish. Loveless, destitute, and relegated to the menial projects of quartermaster, Sharpe roams the streets of London, brooding about a bleak destiny clear of the military. Then, instantly, an previous good friend invitations him to adopt a mystery venture -- the supply of a bribe -- to the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Denmark is formally impartial, yet Napoleon is threatening an invasion on the way to trap the robust Danish fleet, that can exchange the ships France misplaced in its disastrous defeat at Trafalgar. The British, fearing such enhancement of French energy, threaten their very own preemptive invasion, and Sharpe, whose errand appeared so uncomplicated, is trapped in an online of treachery that might finish simply while town, which idea itself secure, is subjected to a brutal and cruel bombardment.Sharpe's Prey -- the chronological sequel to Sharpe's Trafalgar -- unearths Bernard Cornwell on the best of his bestselling shape, combining the meticulous ancient element and magnificent conflict scenes he is recognized for with a plot that races at breakneck pace towards the ultimate, bloody conflict that threatens to break Copenhagen.
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Always killing boys, we are. Mind you, if they live, it's a fine life. " "A rare opportunity," Hocking said, believing every word of Sharpe's nonsense. "And I can assure you, Major, there'll be no interference from Boards or magistrates here. None! " He poured himself more ale. " Sharpe leaned back, pretending to think. " he suggested. "Twenty companies? Say we lose four boys a year to the enemy and another six die of fever or manage to grow up? Ten lads a year? " Hocking managed to hide his enthusiasm.
They're all scum, Major, but they're my scum, and if you wants them then you pays my price. " "Because, Major, you don't need to come to Wapping to get boys. " Hocking turned his shrewd eyes on Sharpe. " Hocking still stared at him. "Go on," he said. Sharpe hesitated, then seemed to make up his mind. "And girls," he said. " Hocking half smiled. He understood weakness and greed, and Sharpe, at last, was making sense. "We hear-" Sharpe began. " Hocking asked fiercely. "No one told me," Sharpe said, "but someone told the Colonel.
That was the poorhouse, and it was divided from the foundling home by a narrow, three-story brick house with white-painted shutters and an elegant wrought-iron lantern suspended above its well-scrubbed front steps. The Master's house. Jem Hocking's small palace which overlooked the foundling home which, like the poorhouse, had its own gate: a black slab of heavy timber smeared with tar and surmounted with rusted iron spikes four inches long. A prison, really, for orphans. The magistrates sent pregnant girls here, girls too poor to have a home or too sick to sell their swollen bodies on the streets.
Sharpe's Prey: Richard Sharpe & the Expedition to Denmark, 1807 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #5) by Bernard Cornwell