Richard Sharpe has been sent by Wellington on a mission to Cadiz, now the capital of Spain, to rescue the British ambassador—who happens to be Wellington’s brother—from a spot of undiplomatic trouble. The city has been blockaded by the French but is supported by the British from the sea. It contains a rare mix of pro- and anti-British Spanish, diplomats, courtiers, adventurers and spies. Sharpe’s mission—complicated, undercover and political—turns out to be completely different from the one on which he was sent. It brings him through the besieging enemy army to the battle of Barossa where the British, deserted by their allies, must confront the overwhelmingly stronger French force.
Over the 24 novels in the Sharpe series we often find Sharpe fighting his old enemy France and in Sharpe’s Fury, we join him on another mission to win the Battle of Barossa in 1811. This is the 11th story in the series that comes after Sharpe’s Escape and before Sharpe’s Battle. Bernard Cornwell first published Sharpe’s Fury in 2006 as we go on an adventure-packed journey filled with plenty of gory battles.
The French have a strong hold of Spain in this story as Cadiz remains the only city in the country still under Spanish control. Sharpe and a small team of British fighters travel to the River Guadiana in a seemingly futile attempt to break France’s control of a key bridge. Tensions mount in Sharpe’s Fury as the British and Spanish allies start to crack under building pressure. Sharpe comes face to face with an old acquaintance on the battlefield but who will survive as the pressure reaches boiling point and Sharpe is abandoned by the Spanish?
Bernard Cornwell uses himself as a character in Sharpe’s Fury as he appears as a scruffy yet talented writer named Benito Chavez. Read by BBC actor William Gaminara, Sharpe’s Fury is another gripping tale set on a wartime backdrop that revels in deceit and danger.