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Summary

A small British army is stranded when the French invade northern Portugal and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe meets the future Duke of Wellington. 

Sharpe is stranded behind enemy lines, but he has Patrick Harper, his riflemen, and he has the assistance of a young, idealistic Portuguese officer. When he is joined by the future Duke of Wellington they immediately mount a counter-attack and Sharpe, having been the hunted, becomes the hunter once more. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm-lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes his revenge. 

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.

©2003 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 Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809

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Bernard Cornwell , Research that takes you to away

Rupert Farley who vocalises the Work of Bernard Cornwell, Close your eyes and there's Sharpe

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excellent novel rollercoaster of a read non stop action from the start the storyteller pulls you deeper as you go along


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brilliant

great series of books and well read would like the rest of sharp books. more please

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Excellent so full of historic details

To give you an example of the details in this book.

If someone gave me a musket and told me to load and fire I would have no problem whatsoever

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Sharpe enjoys this one.

Sharpe cements his place as a rifles officer, and murders a few traitorous bastards along the way. Lovely.

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Sharpe's Havoc

Another belter and another good mission from the 95th Rifle Lieutenant.. what to say but onto the next one !!

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Another cracking adventure!

As a BIG fan of the TV series, I recently started making my way through the Sharpe books (something to do during lockdown) and can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every single one so far. Rupert Farley’s voice work/narration is superb - particularly his ‘impressions’ (for want of a better word) of Sean Bean, Daragh O’Malley and Brian Cox.

Though, personally, I didn’t enjoy ‘Havoc’ as much as ‘Tiger’ or ‘Fortress’, it’s still a well p-written part of the rich Sharpe saga. Well worth a credit!

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brilliant

good old Sharpe
good story
keeps you gripped
Great storytelling
cant wait for the next book

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another amazing adventure

another amazing adventure, so pleased I started this adventure, can't wait to listen to next one

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Usual exceptional standard from Cornwell

Great book but try and get them in order to get the best benefit

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For the fans of Sharp

Bloody 'ell this is a good book 😊 great story, great reading, we love Richard Sharp