Jane and Sharpe are married in Spain but he must leave her stricken with the fever that is sweeping the camp to join an invasion force led by inexperienced but arrogant young Colonel Bampfylde to capture a strategic French chateau which the Comte Maquerre assures them will instigate a revolt against Bonaparte if taken. Bampfylde's incompetence leads to heavy losses in an ill-advised storming but Sharpe's regiment take the chateau by stealth. However Maquerre has led them into a trap for he is pro-Bonaparte and alerts the French,under General Calvet,to the British presence,tricking the stupid Bampfylde into leaving Sharpe and his men guarding a poorly defended and exposed building. But Sharpe's kindness to Maquerre's sister Catherine and her mother leads to Catherine helping Sharpe to beat her treacherous brother and wipe out Calvet's force. Sharpe returns to Spain to find Bampfylde court-martialled for his incompetence and Jane recovered. Written by
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29 July 2006 (USA)
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Differences with the original novel:
- Sharpe and Jane are already married by the beginning of the novel.
- Michael Hogan (paralleled by Major-General Ross in the TV movie) dies of fever.
- Horace Bampfylde is a Navy Captain in the novel.
- American privateer Cornelius Killick assists the French in guarding the Teste de Buch.
- The Comte de Maquerre's sister and mother are not in the novel.
- Captain Palmer is a marine captain, not a regular army captain like in the TV movie.
- Sharpe and his men capture the fort before Bampfylde gets close enough. Furthermore, they were disguised as American allies.
- One of the marines is caught sexually assaulting the French girl. After a beating from Harper, he deserts.
- Pierre Ducos does not disguise himself as the mayor of the nearby village.
- Captain Killick suggests the use of quicklime during battle.
- Sharpe's men and the marines escape with the help of Captain Killick.
- Jane did not contract fever. It was only a seasonal cold.
- Sharpe stabs the Comte de Maquerre to death by the newly-built chassée-maree bridge.
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Capt. Neil Palmer
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Sir, Under the provisions of the Army Act, I wish to charge Colonel Bamfylde with cowardice in the face of the enemy, abandoning his position, abandoning the wounded, conspiring with the Compte De Maquerre - a spy in the service of Bonaparte to desert his position and throw the blame on Major Sharpe. I further wish to report, sir, that Major Sharpe tended to the wounded, successfully repulsed an attack by General Calvet's brigade and ...
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