A classic Sharpe adventure: Richard Sharpe and the Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 Newly promoted, Major Richard Sharpe leads his small force into the biting cold of the winter mountains. His task is to rescue a group of well-born women held hostage by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's most implacable enemy. But the rescue is the least of Sharpe's problems. He must face a far greater threat. With only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop -- the last word in military incompetence -- to back his gamble, Sharpe cannot afford even to recognize the prospect of defeat. For to surrender -- or to fail -- would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies! The Complete Sharpe Collection 
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