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Publisher Description

The prequel to the series, describing Sharpe’s experiences in India.

When a senior British officer is captured by the Tippoo of Mysore’s forces, Sharpe is offered a chance to attempt a rescue, which in turn offers an escape from the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill.

But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

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.


‘Sharpe and his creator are national treasures.' Sunday Telegraph

'Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail

'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer
‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.’ George R.R. Martin

About the author

Bernard Cornwell worked for BBC TV for seven years, mostly as producer on the Nationwide programme, before taking charge of the Current Affairs department in Northern Ireland. In 1978 he became editor of Thames Television’s Thames at Six. Married to an American, he now lives in the United States.

Sean Bean
hr min
June 15

Customer Reviews

Hindsight Bias ,

Not read this version but....

All of the Sharpe novels I have on audiobook have been good. They do follow a formula and so as you follow the story arc it is predictable and I did start to loose interest and stopped buying them. When I returned to itunes to find the next title I discovered it and others had been removed. Hence I have not listened to this version personally. Also before I got sharpes tiger I checked all titles were available.. when I returned there were gaps. It is pathetic that itunes would not consider a customer would want them all or would feel cheated at not getting the option to listen to them all.apple send so many sales emails whats one more about a product you might want. If I had got that email I probably would of bought the lot and listened over a longer time period dipping in and out.

Cyclemasterjoe ,


A great story with a historical fiction so tangible you could believe you we're their while listening to it! Not as good as William gaminaras version but still well read and stunning book! A great introduction to the sharpe series!

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