India, 1803. It is four years since Richard Sharpe earned his sergeant’s stripes, and four years in which Sharpe seems to have discovered the easiest billet in the British army. But that comfort is rudely shattered when he witnesses a murderous act of treachery by an English officer who has defected from the East India Company. Sharpe is ordered to join the hunt for the renegade Englishman, and it is a hunt that will take him deep into the enemy’s territory.
We join Richard Sharpe in the Battle of Assaye in India in this fictional historical story from Bernard Cornwell’s collection of Sharpe books. The series was made into a television programme with Sean Bean playing the starring role of Sharpe that ran for four years in ITV. Cornwell has sold more than 12 million copies of the Sharpe series and Sharpe’s Triumph takes a look into the world of Sharpe during his pre-officer days.
Sharpe’s ambition is no more noticeable than in Sharpe’s Triumph as we meet a man who has no education, limited money resources and few connections. He was born into the lowest rank of English society and we meet him as he learns how to channel his anger and resentment for the power of good. Sharpe hones his warrior-esque fighting skills and advances through the military ranks with a headstrong attitude that earns him many loyal companions and an equal amount of enemies.
As Sharpe becomes an Ensign for the British Army, he sends one enemy to his death under the trampling feet of an elephant, ensuring his new-found power is evident to other potentially dangerous enemies. These audiobooks on CD are read by BBC star William Gaminara who narrates the story as the heroic Richard Sharpe.