Sharpe's Devil (Sharpe, Book 21) by Bernard Cornwell

By Bernard Cornwell

An commemorated veteran of the Napolenic Wars, Lt. Col. Richard Sharpe is drawn right into a lethal conflict, either on land and at the excessive seas.

The yr is 1820, and armed forces hero Richard Sharpe has quietly handed the years because the conflict of Waterloo as a farmer. without notice, his peaceable retirement is disturbed whilst he and the intrepid Patrick Harper are known as to the Spanish colony of Chile to discover Don Blas Vivar, an outdated buddy who has vanished with out a trace—and who simply occurred to be the captain-general of Chile. Sharpe and Harper embark on a deadly trip that incorporates them first to an unforeseen interview with Napoleon, then directly to Chile, a land seething with corruption and riot. On land and at sea, Sharpe faces very unlikely odds, not just opposed to discovering Vivar, yet opposed to surviving in a time whilst tyranny ideas, injustice abounds—Napoleon lurks at the horizon, itching to re-light the realm in a blaze of conflict.

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We are nervous also but we sit still as the flakes come down and stick to our shawls and hats, sugaring our eyelashes and flouring the men’s woolly beards. Two women face into the wind that whips their hair like corn tassel, their eyes slits of shine. The other one covers her mouth with her cloak and leans against a man. A boy with a yellow pigtail sits on the wagon floor, his hands tied to his ankles. He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty.

Yet the animosity, utterly useless in the wild, died in the womb. Even before Lina midwifed Mistress’ first child, neither one could keep the coolness. The fraudulent competition was worth nothing on land that demanding. Besides they were company for each other and by and by discovered something much more interesting than status. Rebekka laughed out loud at her own mistakes; was unembarrassed to ask for help. Lina slapped her own forehead when she forgot the berries rotting in the straw. They became friends.

He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty. Perhaps it will last long enough on the ground to make animal tracking easy. Men are always happy in the snow where killing is best. Sir says no one can starve if there is snow. Nor in spring because even before berries are out and vegetables ready to eat the river is full of spawn and the air of fowl. But this snow will not last, although it is heavy, wet and thick. I draw my feet under my skirt, not for warmth, but to protect the letter.

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