Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809. Another in this engrossing series of books that uses the Peninsular War as its backdrop. This time the fictional Sharpe finds an enemy in his own army in the inept Colonel Simmerson who proves almost as deadly as the French. Sharpe fears he will be made responsible for Simmerson's errors and determines he must commit an almost suicidal act of bravery to prove his name. Cornwell is so good at capturing the feel of battle that I actually get all caught up in it. A good distracting read.