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Summary

The newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent colonel, leads his men in the battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous enemy. As Sharpe leads his men in to battle, he knows he must fight for the honour of the regiment and his future career.

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.

©1981 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 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)

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Excellently read.

Fantastic adaptation of a wonderful series of books. I'm a huge Sharpe fan, and I couldn't fault the narration here.

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The best Sharpe novel

The best Sharpe novel of the original series. Sparkling dialogue and entertaining run ins with those who look down on him. A really engaging story brilliantly narrated as usual.

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As Sharpe As Ever

If you've read through the books to get this far then you know what to expect, both from the pen of Cornwell and the voice of Rupert Farley. This is an excellent continuation of the series which while yes it does follow a certain formula provides seriously good entertainment.

Yes there are stupid and mean-spirited senior officers that clash with Sharpe et every opportunity and yes there is a love interest and so on but it is brilliantly done. When you're addicted to something you don't often want something different from your chosen "fix".

This one though is definitely one of the best I've read so far, lots of good action, lots of intrigue and fun dialogue and even the love interest is skillfully woven into the plot so as never to bog it down too much about our hero becoming all dewy eyed . . . again!

Once again it's a bravo to Messrs Cornwell and Farley.

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intelligent boys own adventure

I'll say it again. TV does no justice to these stories. A ripping yarn has to be told in its entirety. A little bending of history but nothing on the scale Hollywood displays on a regularly mangling basis. So, on we go, over the hills and far away.

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A good story line

Well read with a good plot Sharpe did it again out he went with Harper

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Sharpes eagle

Absolutely brilliant. Rupert Farley is Richard sharpe, is Patrick harper, is major hogan, sir Arthur Wellesley, is every character he voices. Outstanding. As is Bernard cornwell's characters.

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Another Great book

I can pretty much copy and paste these reviews because of their consistency. The read for these audiobooks have taken many of their cues and flavour from the TV series which were obviously based on the books themselves. Everything feels connected. The books are quite compact but so much happens, both on and off the field of battle.. Through the accents are far from perfect the do achieve in giving each individual 'character' What can be a little distracting is when Rupert Farley voices the female characters, it's not effective. But it's so good the rest of the time that the read is still worth 5 stars.

Although familiar with the series i don't think listening to them in order in neccicary, they are very self contained and you understand the kind of man Richard Sharpe is. You are never overburdened with backstory but anything relevant is told to you. All the books I have listened to very self contained.

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Captain Sharpe has a nice ring to it.

The best Sharpe novel yet! Less gore and misery, plenty of snobbery and another great victory!

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Sharpe's Eagle

I've said in other reviews that it's nice to put faces to characters having watched the TV show it's brilliant and well told.. On to the next one!!

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Class. Top banger

Loved the TV show adaptation. This audiobook version of the book is even better. The guys voice is amazing he can do a lot of great accents

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  • 14-04-19

We love Sharp

Bloody 'ell. Great story. Love this series of books
Sharp does the right thing at the right time

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  • Torben
  • 26-04-17

best book of the series

my favourite book of the series. Rupert farley is an excellent narrator capable of bringing a wide spectrum of characters to life.