I don’t read many action adventure stories, so this was a fun change of pace. Set in 1809, a regiment of British infantry called the 95th Rifles become involved in the Spanish fight for independence from the French. Under the leadership of Lt. Richard Sharpe, a career soldier who reluctantly rises from the ranks, the Rifles find themselves in league with a charismatic Spanish noble transporting a mysterious chest the French are desperate to capture.
The adventure moves quickly from one battle to the next as the vastly outnumbered Rifles, the best of the best, use skill, strategy and luck to fulfill their mission. Throughout, Lt. Sharpe adjusts to his new role as commander, makes mistakes, and ultimately wins the respect and acceptance of his men. The first in a series of eleven novels, culminating at the battle of Waterloo. [**** out of 5]