Near-fine first edition of the first published Sharpe novel, which was also the author's debut novel. There is a single small spot on the bottom of the page block, but otherwise, the book is in near-fine condition with a slight lean. There is a previous owner's stamp inside the front cover. In a very good, unclipped dust jacket, with some minor wear along the top of the jacket, and some heavier wear at the top of the spine.
The newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent colonel, leads his men in the battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous enemy.
As Sharpe leads his men in to battle, he knows he must fight for the honour of the regiment and his future career.
Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.