Search Results: "Bernard Cornwell"


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BERNARD SHAW by Sally Peters
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Peters offers a rhetorically overloaded version of Shaw's life and work. (29 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A tendentious, trendy reading of Shaw, with an entirely speculative theory of secret homosexuality. Read full book review >

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THE PAGAN LORD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The big set pieces are more impressive than the realistically meandering odyssey that threads them together. The most consistent motif is Uhtred's undying and principled hostility to 'the nailed god' of Christianity and the threat he represents to the warrior code Uhtred so perfectly embodies."
The death of Alfred the Great leaves what we know as England up for grabs, and Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Death of Kings, 2012, etc.) is caught in the middle of it all. Read full book review >

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THE LAST KINGDOM by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Cornwell's no-fail mix of historic tidbits and good-humored action makes the usually gloomy ninth century sound like a hell of a lot of fun."
A dispossessed Northumbrian gets a military education from the Danes before reluctantly signing on to serve the humorless Wessexian king, he who will eventually become Alfred the Great (849-99). Read full book review >

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SHARPE’S ESCAPE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Another good one."
Cornwell's excellent long-running Sharpe series (Sharpe's Havoc, 2003, etc.) takes the soldiers' soldier to real-life battles around Bussaco and Coimbra, Portugal. Read full book review >

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VAGABOND by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Historically accurate and huge fun. Vintage Cornwell."
Continuing the series that began with The Archer's Tale (2001), adventure master Cornwell throws his lusty young hero Thomas of Hookton up against both the French and the Inquisition. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 17, 1992

"Cornwen, one of the great naval writers of this era, finds a way to get his intrepid army hero to sea for much of the story—without in the least compromising the high standards of this first-rate series."
The hero of Cornwell's Sharpe series (Sharpe's Revenge, etc.) reluctantly abandons his Norman hearth and home to search for an old friend gone missing in revolutionary Chile. Read full book review >

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SHARPE'S RIFLES by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Sept. 8, 1988

"Another good Sharpe."
The Sharpe series (Sharpe's Regiment, Sharpe's Siege, etc.) reverts to 1809 and Sharpe's early days as an officer in French-occupied Spain. Read full book review >

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SHARPE'S SWORD by Bernard Cornwell
Released: June 1, 1983

"Salamanca scenery are the pleasing extras this time—as one of the better period-military series marches on smartly."
Captain Richard Sharpe returns, still fighting for Wellington against Napoleon in 1812 Spain; and this fourth sturdy outing features a neat spy-plot along with the grisly battles and swaggering camaraderie. Read full book review >

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SHARPE'S EAGLE by Bernard Cornwell
Released: April 20, 1981

"Nicely-edged characters, technicolor action, clipped narration—a solid series send-off."
First in a series of novels about the Napoleonic Wars, this covers the Talavera Campaign of July 1809. Read full book review >

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WARRIORS OF THE STORM by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Cornwell's latest is often bloody, sometimes ribald, but always smartly done. Fans might be disappointed with this effort's brevity, though, and new readers will be better served by beginning at the start of the series (The Last Kingdom, 2005)."
"Englaland" [sic], King Alfred once said, "will be God's land," but first the Norse and the Danes, worshippers of the old gods, must be banished, a bloody struggle Cornwell (The Empty Throne, 2015, etc.) chronicles in the ninth of his Saxon series.Read full book review >

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1356 by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Best for fans of historical fiction who have both a taste for the Hundred Years' War and some base-line knowledge that will allow them to enjoy this swashbuckling recreation."
The most notable English victory of the Hundred Years' War turns on the possession of the sword Jesus bade Peter sheathe in the garden of Gethsemane. Read full book review >

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LORDS OF THE NORTH by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Blood, guts, history and horses from the expert. Excellent sport."
Cornwell continues The Saxon Novels with further rowdy adventures in the Northern kingdoms (The Pale Horseman, Jan. 2006, etc.). Read full book review >