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Summary

Richard Sharpe, asked to help an old friend, meets, at last, the greatest enemy.

Five years after the Battle of Waterloo, Sharpe's peaceful retirement in Normandy is shattered. An old friend, Don Blas Vivar, is missing in Chile, reported dead at rebel hands--a report his wife refuses to believe. She appeals to Sharpe to find out the truth.

Sharpe, along with Patrick Harper, finds himself bound for Chile via St. Helena, where they have a fateful meeting with the fallen emperor Napoleon. Convinced they are on their way to collect a corpse, neither man can imagine the dangers that await them in Chile.…

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.

©1992 Bernard Cornwell (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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)

What listeners say about Sharpe's Devil: Napoleon and South America, 1820 - 1821

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  • 27-11-18

Bernard Cornwell has done it again! Excellent

I have listened to all the Sharpe books and now relistening for a second time to pick up the bits I may have misheard/didn't catch the first time and just because I enjoyed them first time round. I love history and Mr Cornwell with the help of Rupert Farley, who is by the way, the perfect choice to read these tales of daring do. Both writer and narrator bring to life the horrors,unfairness, terror, and the boredom that was the lot of an 19th century soldier. Rupert brings Sharpe to life and at times I feeI am marching and on the battlefield along side him. Bernard Cornwell is a writer of genius with his wealth of research, true to life characters, and great storylines he is truly deserving of all the accolades he receives.

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Wonderful story and finale to the Sharpe Series.

Loved the story. Great narration. And Rupert Farley read the whole series. Bernard Cornwall please write a finish to Richard Sharpe's life. What happened to him?

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What clever story & a fitting end to Sharpe

Brilliant & clever to again entwine real history with the story of Sharpe. Reading all the books in the right order was a great pleasure & I am looking forward to listen to more of the Bernard Cornwell books. Again the narrator Rupert Farley made the characters come to life with his understanding of the personalities & the clever accents. Fabulous last story & a fitting end for Sharpe, but I will miss him & Harper.

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Haven’t finished but wth?!

Ok - I’ve listened to all of the Sharpe novels in order and loved nearly every single moment. But in this second from last book… I have to say - I’ve just listened to “Sharpe, seeing his very first sea fight, was horrified.”

Very first - what? One of his dear friends whom he served with through happenstance in the earlier books was a navy captain, and indeed, he was there at the sea battle of Trafalgar on the very same ship on the very same day Lord Nelson died - even had a chat with Nelson and played a big role in the battle to come.

Bernard Cornwall, I am a huge fan of your work - but such silly slips such as this, you do yourself a massive discredit, you are so much better than this!

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something a bit different

I really enjoyed this addition toothed Sharpe series. The notable Scottish Admiral is another character based upon a real world personality of the time.

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  • 04-11-21

Maybe not Sharpe

All a bit far fetched but neatly done. Narration was odd, at times didn’t sound like Farley. some of the Scottish voices were characters from previous books which was confusing. So now I have one more new Sharpe to listen to. Not sure I want to so will ave it up, don’t want to ruin them all with a bad ending!

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Very entertaining

Vintage Cornwall. A ripping yarn with plenty of swashbuckling and intrigue all set against the historical backdrop of driving the Spanish out of Chile with a bit of Bonaparte thrown in for good measure. Superbly read by Rupert Farley whose voice characterisations were excellent.

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What a journey

I will keep it short.

I was a massive fan of the sharpe tv series long before I bothered to try the books. Well now having completed the book series I have to say I wish I hadn’t slept on them for this long and that now the tv series is kinda ruined for me now as the books are just amazing and has me wondering why the tv show didn’t stick to or closer to the book material!

I will 100% be re-listening the series very soon I know it. I already have and itch for it!

Worth every penny.
Truly great narration, not to over board on the voice acting just perfect.
One bonus from watching the tv series first is the character played by sharpe and Harper fit perfectly and I would have an image of Sean bean(sharpe) Daragh O’Malley (Harper) the whole way through the books

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I really didn't like it that much.

Struggled with it. Confusing plot. One of poorest I've read or listened to. Avoid it.

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Happy Ending

A good ending to a superb series pull of action and adventures to the end

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  • 28-06-18

Totally fascinating

Such a great adventure story with historical facts- loved knowing more about Sharp Harper and history of Chilli.