Search Results: "Bernard Cornwell"


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AGINCOURT  by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"The usual splendid stuff from the master of historical battle. There's a bit of deus ex machina, but it's tolerable."
An archer on the lam from a bum rap in his county ships out with Henry V to test his shooting and slashing skills at one of the bloodiest but most glorious battles in history. Read full book review >

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THE PALE HORSEMAN by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Swords, shields, mud and blood. Great stuff, as always, from the master."
Cornwell's tough medieval saga continues after King Alfred's realm is reduced to one swamp and a handful of believers. Read full book review >

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THE EMPTY THRONE by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Cornwell's done it again. New readers: Draw a flagon of ale, and be prepared to find the first seven in the series."
As conspiracies breed in their wake, Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg and Lady Æthelflaed ally to drive invaders from Mercia in Cornwell's (The Pagan Lord, 2014, etc.) eighth in his Saxon series.Read full book review >

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COPPERHEAD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Always based on fact, always interesting, often exciting, always entertaining."
Cornwell's fine Civil War Starbuck Chronicles (Rebel 1993, etc.) continues into 1862—as General McClellan ineffectively engineers the prototype of Desert Storm around Williamsburg, Virginia, and young Nate gets a girl. Read full book review >

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Released: July 26, 1988

"The sailing scenes are thoroughly satisfying, but there are not quite enough of them to make up for the rather overblown soap-opera ashore."
The author of the Napoleonic Sharpe series and the Revolutionary War Redcoat returns to the Thatcher era and a tale of love and treachery among yachtpersons. 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 HAVOC by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"The best stuff."
Isolated but far from impotent, Sharpe and his trusty riflemen hold off vast Napoleonic forces in the Portuguese wine country. Read full book review >

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SHARPE'S REVENGE by Bernard Cornwell
Released: May 18, 1989

"A concluding note broadly implies a sequel at Waterloo."
The peace of 1814 ends the Peninsular Wars with Napoleon's exile to Elba, but doesn't give a moment's rest to Major Richard Sharpe (Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Regiment, etc.). Read full book review >

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GALLOWS THIEF by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2002

"Standard Cornwell, this time with enough effluvial smells to make a bloodhound hold its breath."
A washed-ashore Cape Codder for the past 20 years, Cornwell has published 18 Richard Sharpe British historicals about soldiering during the Napoleonic Wars (Sharpe's Triumph, 2002), nearly a dozen of which have been seen on PBS. Read full book review >

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WATERLOO by Bernard Cornwell
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2015

"Despite a little confusion regarding the movements of divisions and brigades, this is a fascinating, detailed, and generously illustrated description of the battle that changed the fate of 19th-century Europe."
In his first nonfiction book, acclaimed historical novelist Cornwell (The Empty Throne, 2015, etc.) employs his storytelling skills to bring military history out of the textbook.Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1995

"This time, Sharpe's new print appearance coincides with Masterpiece Theatre's adaptation of three previous books in the series."
Despite clashes with his own superiors as well as with French foes, the durable British hero of Cornwell's splendid series (Sharpe's Devil, 1992, etc.) soldiers on during a bloody turning-point campaign in the Peninsular War. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2002

"At last count, 12 Sharpe novels had been filmed by PBS."
The redoubtably prolific Cornwell, who has rounded out his revisionist Arthurian Warlord trilogy, filed four volumes in his Starbuck Civil War series, and now has 18 novels in his Richard Sharpe British Army series, plus other incidental novels about Stonehenge, etc., takes his hero Sharpe on the Expedition to Copenhagen of 1807. Read full book review >