We are silent here, our need appeased...
However after that frantic Sharpe-reading marathon, I returned to re-reading all the books again, slowly now, and as I suspected, there are so many things I missed!
Prey deserved more than just a glimpse and you were all right. Maybe is is just that place - who would look for Sharpe in Denmark - and the absence of so familiar details from the main stream - Chosen Men, Spain, real "soldiering" - I hope you understand, it is that Sharpish "feel" that is slightly out of place.
I realised that Prey is actually a turning point in Richard´s carrer: he was about to quit, and twice: firstly overwhelmed by the grief from a loss of Grace, then in a doomed attempt to settle with Astrid - oh yes, he didn´t believe it himself!
Yes, he was ruthless - but not insensitive. all his wrath accumulated over the years, his vision of walking in the orphanage as an officer, his decision to pay back to those bastards who stole his childhood...and still he cared about that poor girl, he saved her and even prevented her from seeing a murder ( and the murder it was).
Here is his fierce honesty with himself, his resourcefulness, his skills, his quick intellect, his stubborness, his passion, his soft side (yes, the children), his dreams - here is Richard Sharpe, who will go to Portugal and Spain, over the hills and over the main!
Also, he will never grieve for a woman so much as in this book. Not even for Teresa, his true love! He is deeply hurt by Grace´s death, and by a loss of his child. He will never cry so much and so easily later.
He experienced a rise to fall down again - and at first it seems he will give up, selling his commission. But no, no - he is a fighter, he may not know it but his destiny is that "soldiering" - and he is one of the best!
Glimpses of his sad and cruel and dramatic past, all that will help him later too, no matter if it is a picklock or climbing a chimney or his sympathy for the weak and poor.
I was reading about the bombing Copenhagen and I realised that I actually was in the Citadel, walked on the pier, through Amalienborg , saw the bay where the ships were, walked probably the same streets as he did because I visited the town in 2000 with UNESCO representatives. Alas, I didn´t know the book then...and this may be only for good because otherwise I would have neglected my duty and chased for Sharpe´s experience instead!!!
Richard survived this mission only because he was that unique man who never gives up - and he was ALONE here, no Harps, no CHosen Men, just SHARPE. It would make and excellent film with Sean, what do you think???
Um...this is not a review, no, just I felt like sharing my thoughts with you!!!