In a battery of events that will make a hero out of an illiterate
private, a young Richard Sharpe poses as the enemy to bring down a
ruthless Indian dictator backed by fearsome French troops.
The year is 1799, and Richard Sharpe is just beginning his
military career. An inexperienced young private in His Majesty's
service, Sharpe becomes part of an expedition to India to push the
ruthless Tippoo of Mysore from his throne and drive out his French
allies. To penetrate the Tippoo's city and make contact with a
Scottish spy being held prisoner there, Sharpe has to pose as a
deserter. Success will make him a sergeant, but failure will turn
him over to the Tippoo's brutal executioners -- or, worse -- his
man-eating tigers. Picking his way through an exotic and alien
world, Sharpe realizes that one slip will mean disaster. And when
the furious British assault on the city finally begins, Sharpe must
take up arms against his true comrades to preserve his false
identity, risking death at their hands in order to avoid detection
and thus to foil the Tippoo's well-set trap.
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