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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

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 Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

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Best of the series

Fantastic book, gripping from start to finish! My favourite of the sharpe series and an absolute masterpiece of military historical fiction...

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book as the writer made me feel for all characters involved.

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An adventure not to be missed

Very well narrated. With carefully structured caricatures brought to life in a great story . Which is very hard to leave.

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Brilliant in every way

Every story gets better than the last and this is no exception. The writer and narrator paint a picture more vivid than anything other media. Obediah Hakeswill the villain of this and previous stories gives me the Willie's, if he wasn't a fictional character I'd be writing to my MP demanding his arrest, I may still do that just in case.😂😂😂

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My first Sharpe book and love it!

I'm familiar with the Sharpe TV series and really love this.. 12 hours is quite a short book from my previous listens but I really love it. It's quite an 'efficient' book, there's a lot packed into it but there's also a lot of fine detail. Very well written with clever use of language without becoming pretentious. Although it took a moment to warm to the narrator, I felt he did an amazing job. He gave the characters great voices and the accents weren't distracting. Great at using inflection, tone and rhythm to set the mood. Will definitely be getting more of the Sharpe books.

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Absolutely Superb

These Sharpe books just keep getting better and better and the narrator is exceptional, just awesome throughout.

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Great story and the narration is outstanding, it really is. And on to the next one...

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Very good

An excellant combination, writer and narrator.
Working my way through the whole series, again.

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as usual. perfectly read.

you'd be forgiven for thinking that sean bean read the parts of sharpe. excellent

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Excellent as always

Happily following Sharpe from the very beginning, looking forward to the next. Dog walking always a pleasure with this for company.

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  • Kris Fricke
  • 07-07-17

apparently it doesn't say so in the scriptures

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