Wednesday, September 25, 2013
[book review] Sharpe's Tiger
Posted by matt jackson
Just finished this novel today, tore through it in three days...I would have finished last night but I took a pause to waste my time watching TV instead (silly silly move).
First, I have to say I have tried to read one of Mr Cornwell's novel before and I could not get into it at all. This one was different. I purchased this on Sunday evening and started reading it Monday over lunch and read about a third of the way through on the first day. Tuesday was murder on the book, I read through lunch and stayed up until 1am reading it. Had to force myself to put it down.
This is an action adventure film. Yes it takes place in the past and it could be said it is a historical adventure, but WOW! this was awesome. I literally picked it up on a whim (I admit I loved the cover) and as it was the first in a series I was a little worried. I really do not care for long drawn out series and tend to get bored. While I was at Barnes & Noble I checked out the reviews on Amazon and the books got really good reviews, so I figured what the heck, I have somewhat been wandering about aimlessly trying to find something to inspire me. Perhaps this was it.
I immediately loved the book. Full of action, interesting characters, and really neat historical information littered about the story. It also takes place during a period of history that I really do not know anything about, namely the British in India (see The Siege of Seringapatam). If you are really sporting, do a Google Maps search for Seringapatam to see where the battle took place.
In the Afterward in the end of the book the author explained the differences between reality and the book and explains the details of the liberty he took with history. I found this especially interesting. Having little knowledge of these events and reading the book I had certain images in my mind of what things looked like in the book based on descriptions and, heck, my own little imagination. Reality is a bit different, but that is ok.
If you like adventure books, and especially if you are interested in historical (albeit not boring) tales, I cannot say how much I recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I already made a trip to the local library and picked up the next three books in the series...it was that good. I now proceed to Sharpe's Triumph!