Subtitled Richard Sharpe and the Siege of Seringapatam 1799 the novel deals with the battles between the British Army and the troops of the Tippoo of Mysore, culminating in the siege of the Tippoo’s city fortress at Seringapatam.
From Sharpe’s perspective, it is the first instalment and deals with the early years of his career; we learn how he first makes the move from the ranks to sergeant and how he meets Colonel McCandless, the history behind his 200 lashes and the origins of mutual loathing between Sharpe and Obidiah Hakeswill.
As ever, a rollicking great read!
Now I need to lay my hand on the next in the (chronological) series: Sharpe’s Triumph
Sharpe Novels: an Amazon Listmania list, giving the Sharpe series in order of event rather than publication.