So, thinking I would only read the first one, I started re-reading Bernard Cornwell’s terrific “Sharpe’s” books, mostly to get my creative juices flowing as I prepare to write a particularly martial chapter in my sequel to Transcendent Loyalties. Given that Cornwell’s books are like Lay’s potato chips (Bet You Can’t Read Just One), I am now on the 4th one in this series, Sharpe’s Trafalgar, and know full well that I will keep going until I’ve read them all—even though I should be working on my own book. Sharpe’s Trafalgar is a testament to Cornwell’s storytelling genius in that he crafts a plausible way to get Richard Sharpe, infantryman, onto a ship and (eventually) into the midst of the Battle of Trafalgar. I do believe Cornwell served aboard one of His Britannic Majesty’s 18th century naval vessels in a previous life because he writes about those ships with enthusiasm and in fond detail. As I’ve said in the past, Bernard Cornwell is an absolute master of historical fiction. Furthermore, he has several series set in a wide range of historical periods. The Sharpe’s books are a good place to start reading Cornwell. If you like rip-roaring, rousing adventure, I’m betting you will enjoy the books, and that’s even if you think you aren’t interested in Britain’s war(s) against Napoleon.