Dear Mr Cornwell, May I thank you for giving me such vast pleasure following your heroic characters through their life journeys. Curiosity prompts me to ask how and why Capt Sandman and Sgt Berrigan arrived in Gallow's Thief, whilst Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper were bestriding the Napoleonic War era. The physical characteristics between Sharpe and Sandman and Harper and Berrigan are so similar. Happy Easter, Jim McMaster
I suspect Berrigan is very like Harper, but Sandman is so different to Sharpe (at least I think so). Maybe not, I won't argue with you! But Sandman's chief characteristic (to me) is his essential and Christian decency, and I'd never accuse Sharpe of that!