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Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 Audiobook

Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812: The Sharpe Series, Book 15

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Publisher's Summary

Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy.

Newly promoted, he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy.

Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. For to surrender or to fail would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies… 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.

©1984 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

“Sharpe and his creator are national treasures.” (Sunday Telegraph)
“Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.” (Daily Mail)
“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)

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    "Another Superb Sharpe Tale"

    Sharpe's enemy is another example of Bernard Cornwell's excellent work. Written with such great detail, I always feel like I'm there with Sharpe and Harper. This story is no different. It's gripping from the start and fast paced enough to keep you enthralled. Yes, if you read all the Sharpe series there are parts of repetition, but you get that in most series - new readers need some feel of depth to the characters.

    The narration is brilliant and in Rupert Farley, they have found a perfect match for Sharpe. He portrays all the characters well, and for me, puts real feeling into the story.

    25 years ago at the age of 17, I read my first Bernard Cornwell book, which also happened to be my first ever book I'd read! Since then I've brought every single book he's written and read them all with same amazement and excitement as the first - 'The Winter King'. I can't thank Mr Cornwell enough for doing what 11 years of teachers could do, and that's encourage me to read.

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    Andy S Nottingham 10/12/2017
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    "Best sharp to date "

    Been working my way through these best one yet seasonal too as it’s set at Christmas 1812

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    I have been doing these in order and now I regret giving others 5 star ratings as I can't rate this one higher. For me this one is the best so far. genuine edge of your seat stuff.

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    kevin mackie 10/03/2017
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    Another good story from Cornwell. and we'll narrated by Rupert Farley. like all the books I've listened to I would recommend this title as well.

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    "the whole series is amazing."

    Can't praise these books enough.. my cumute to work on the underground is so much better for listening to these books :)

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    "The best of the series"

    I just finished this after listening to the rest of the series in order. Everything about it is incredible, especially the performance.
    easily the best so far of an outstanding series.

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    leslie crayton 06/01/2015
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    "sharp at his best"

    loved it from start to Finnish best in the series so far fantastic story teller

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    "apparently it doesn't say so in the scriptures"

    Hickswell never once utters his famous "it says so in the scriptures!" catchphrase!. )-: )-:

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