It's taken me a month or so to add this to my recent reading list. I didn't enjoy it as much as the other sharpe books. It is the last in the series, bringing Sharpe and his Sergeant out of retirement to search for a friend who is missing. En route they meet Napoleon, survive a sea battle, capture some fortresses adn beat a tyrant. All in a books work for our not so young sharpe, he deserves that retirement after this.