Richard Sharpe returns to England to save the regiment.Major Sharpe's men are in mortal danger - not from the French, but from the bureaucrats of Whitehall. Unless reinforcements can be brought from England, the regiment will be disbanded.
Determined not to see his regiment die, Sharpe returns to England and uncovers a nest of high-ranking traitors, any of whom could utterly destroy his career with a word. Sharpe is forced into the most desperate gamble of his life - and not even the influence of the Prince Regent may be enough to save him.
Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.
©1986 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R.R. Martin)
Remember watching these series as a kid and have subsequently read all the books several times. I love the audio format offered here, definitely adds a depth to the stories and a great way to overcome long stints sitting in traffic!
Treacherous, thrilling, triumphant
A change of scene from Sharpe's adventures in India and Spain, only his second return home in the series if memory serves, which sees Sharpe placed in the unfamiliar territory of Britain's class system and high society (which he experiences from numerous perspectives...)
Much like his other readings of Sharpe - Farley is excellent. His Sharpe sounds just like Sean Bean, his Harper is cracking, and he has a wide range of other voices which are both convincing in the characters they evoke and consistently deployed across each book - so there is a sense of continuity with characters like Harper, Hagman, Lawford, Nairn, etc..
I was always on Sharpe's side - egging him on to his inevitable victory!
A great book - but best listened to as part of the series. Sharpe always triumphs too, which might not be appealing to everyone - no nadir like that which Jack Aubrey experiences in Patrick O'Brian's novels, but I do not think that detracts from the rip-roaring historical romp (which also gives a real sense of place and time) that is Sharpe's Regiment.
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