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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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Emotional...

I've listened to all of the series to date... As others have said, this is the best to date. I won't say anything more as it'll only spoil it for you, save to say I enjoyed all the new and existing characters and I felt invested in the story.

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Very enjoyable

Well written Good story line and excellently narrated
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Great

well read that makes a difference to any story story line as usual terrific looking forward to the next one

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my favourite book

of all the sharp series up to this book , this is definitely favorite. brilliant from start to finish. highly recommended

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  • 25-08-21

Sharpe, perfectly read

The historical detail, the suspense, the characters and backstory. Definitive Cornwell.
I’m working through all the Sharpe novels in order, I dread running out!

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Great Story

Another brilliant story and brilliant performance. I cannot wait for the next book which I'm starting now.

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Brilliant

A very good story the reader brings characters to life at Time You had almost Feel like you were there

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  • 07-12-21

A great Sharpe story

I’ve been working my way through the Sharpe series in chronological order. This story, so far into the series, has as much excitement, intrigue and the rest of the emotional spectrum as the first book and gives an enthusiasm to see what Sharpe gets up to next. A must read/ listen. Rupert Farley does an amazing job narrating this series! Well done!

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  • Tim
  • 17-06-21

Soooo good

What a combo the author and an unbelievable narator. It just doesn't get any better

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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!. )-: )-: