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Summary

Richard Sharpe, with enemies on every side, survives Marshall Massena's attack and ends at the lines of Torres Vedras.Sharpe's job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus - a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal's ancient university city. Sharpe's Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massena's crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.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.

Please Note: The historical note is NOT included in this audiobook.

©2004 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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An Escape That's a Victory!

First, as I am reliably informed that the function that allows people to follow reviewers is about to be brutally terminated before its time a quick thankyou to anyone who followed my reviews. While I'm sure most of the emails ended crumpled up in the trash folder it has been nice to think someone somewhere might just have read one ir two of them so I am grateful!

And if it is to be the last of my reviews to be distributed this really isn't a bad way to go out. I'm a big fan of Mr Cornwell in general and this series in particular. And this is definitely one of the best of even this series. There is very little downtime between the action and when our man takes charge of an impending disastrous situation near the end it is absolutely vintage Sharpe. He is such a fantastic character closely followed by Donegal's own Patrick Harper of course.

Of course Rupert Farley is excellent as them both plus the usual host of snobby officers and the other assorted ruffians. His narration presides over pitched battles, bare knuckle fights and of course Sharpe finding a love interest though this is kept fairly restrained. I mentioned with the previous book that Sharpe could woo a woman no matter what state he was in but I think this time trumps the lot!

This is book ten now so no-one interested in it is likely to need me to tell them what this series is like. Just rest assured this lives up to the standard of the best so far!

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Sharpe's Escape

Rattling good tale. Must say I'm becoming a mite concerned with Richard's bed hopping though. I recon I have bought and read 'several times' all 20 Sharpe books ~ or was it 21? ~ no matter. Richard's generosity with his ladies is legionary ~ as is his parsimony but, with thousands stashed away ~ Why doesn't he buy a bloody watch ????

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More Sharpe heroics

Loved it, great story from the Napoleonic war in Portugal. Beating the French and the bad guys!

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brilliant

Thrilling gripping exciting and superbly read. this
narrative brings our gutsy down to earth hero brilliantly to life.

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Awsome

Rupert farley is awsome at these books. You cab picture the characters as soon as he speaks. Uses different accents . Awsome

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excellent

every sharpe book has been brilliant. exciting and has had me ordering the next straight away. perfect on the headphones on a hot night shift

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Great book

if you like history and grant plot this is the book for you Rupert Farley preformence was good

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Classic Richard Sharpe

Classic Richard Sharpe, offending the gentry, rescuing damsels, and beating the crapaud out of crapauds. I wonder when he'll become Major?

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Sharpe's escape.

Another great sharpe adventure, enjoyed listening whilst walking the dog & out running. Well written & read.

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Sharpe

heard this story a few years ago , liked it so much I bought another