Richard Sharpe Novels

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Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1) Summary

Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore.

But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Sharpe's Tiger: The Siege of Seringapatam, 1799 (The Sharpe Series, Book 1)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632
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      5 out of 5 stars 592
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 587

    Richard Sharpe avoids the tyrannical Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill and endeavours to rescue a British officer from under the nose of the Tippoo of Mysore. But in fleeing Hakeswill, Sharpe enters the exotic and dangerous world of the Tippoo. An adventure that will require all of his wits just to stay alive, let alone save the British army from catastrophe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping from start to end

    • By Starwarssteve on 28-04-18

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 2

    • Sharpe's Triumph: The Battle of Assaye, September 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 2)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 482
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 446
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439

    Sergeant Richard Sharpe witnesses a murderous act of treachery and, with Sir Arthur Wellesley, faces the Mahratta Horde. The paths of treachery all lead to the small village of Assaye. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wellesley, with a diminished British army, plunges his men into the white heat of battle. A battle that will make his reputation, and perhaps Sharpe's too.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History Re-Visited

    • By Simon on 05-10-15

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 3

    • Sharpe's Fortress: The Siege of Gawilghur, December 1803 (The Sharpe Series, Book 3)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 450
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 416
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 413

    Ensign Richard Sharpe, newly made an officer, wishes he had stayed a sergeant after he is put in terrible danger by Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill at the impregnable Gawilghur's ravine. To regain his confidence and his authority, Sharpe will fight as he has never fought before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • High Octane from the Very Start

    • By Simon on 14-10-15

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 4

    • Sharpe's Trafalgar: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (The Sharpe Series, Book 4)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 376

    Richard Sharpe, travelling home aboard the 'Revenant', meets Admiral Nelson and his fleet, on what was a calm October day off Cape Trafalgar. 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love the book, shame about the pronunciation

    • By Roberta on 22-10-17

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 5

    • Sharpe's Prey: The Expedition to Copenhagen, 1807 (The Sharpe Series, Book 5)

    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 339
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310

    Richard Sharpe is sent to Copenhagen to deliver a bribe to stop the Danes handing over possession of their battle fleet to the French. It seems very easy. But nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every ship the French lost at Trafalgar, and Napoleon's forces are gathering to take it. The British have to stop them, while the Danes insist on remaining neutral. Dragged into a war of spies and brutality, Sharpe finds that he is a sacrificial pawn.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More of the same both in a good and bad way

    • By David on 08-01-15

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 6

    • Sharpe's Rifles: The French Invasion of Galicia, January 1809

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 6
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 372
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370

    Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of riflemen join the assault of a strong French force holding the Holy City of Santiago de Compostela.Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and a detachment of Riflemen are cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded. Their only hope of escape is to accept the help of the Spanish, but this assistance comes at a price: to join the assault on the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, held by a strong French force.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Adam Turner on 30-07-18

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 7

    • Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 7
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Laurence on 24-08-18

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 8

    • Sharpe's Eagle: The Talavera Campaign, July 1809

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 8
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 376
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 339

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As Sharpe As Ever

    • By Simon on 16-06-17

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 9

    • Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 9
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    Captain Sharpe's task is to recover from a feared guerilla leader the gold Wellington so desperately needs.The enemy he faces strikes terror into the hearts of all around - a renegade guerilla band whose leader has a particular loathing for Sharpe, who has stolen his woman. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharpest gold

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-09-16

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 10

    • Sharpe's Escape

    • Book X of the Sharpe Series
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is 1810, and in Napoleon's determination to conquer Portugal, and push the British back to the sea, he sends his largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. But between the Portuguese border and Napoleon's seemingly certain victory are two obstacles; a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

    Regular price: £29.29

    • Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 10
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Escape That's a Victory!

    • By Simon on 24-04-18

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 11

    • Sharpe's Fury: The Battle of Barrosa, March 1811

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 11
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    Captain Sharpe has to protect a philandering diplomat and, deserted by his ally, faces the enemy. In the winter of 1811, the war seems lost. Spain has fallen to the French, except for Cadiz, now the Spanish capital and itself under siege. Inside the city walls an intricate diplomatic dance is taking place and Richard Sharpe faces more than one enemy. The small British force is trapped by a French army, and their only hope lies with the outnumbered redcoats outside refusing to admit defeat.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Like an Old Friend . . .

    • By Simon on 12-11-18

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 12

    • Sharpe's Battle: The Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, May 1811

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 12
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 216

    Richard Sharpe is fighting for his Irish battalion and his own honour through the blood-stained streets of the town. Quartered in a crumbling Portuguese fort, Richard Sharpe and his men are attacked by an elite French unit, led by an old enemy of Sharpe's, and suffer heavy losses. The army's high command blame Sharpe for the disaster and his military career seems to be ruined. His only hope is to redeem himself on the battlefield.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favourite in the series so far

    • By Mr. Ja Lees on 04-12-18

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 13

    • Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 13
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 212

    Captain Richard Sharpe has to lead the attack on the terrible fortress. It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He has lost command to a man who could buy the promotion Sharpe covets. His oldest enemy, the ruthless and indestructible Hakes will, joins the regiment and he is a man with a mission to ruin Sharpe. But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. The only way - a desperate choice - is to volunteer the Forlorn Hope, to lead the attack on the impregnable fortress.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the best, most gripping Sharpe book so far

    • By Amazon Customer on 29-09-18

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 14

    • Sharpe's Sword: The Salamanca Campaign, June and July 1812

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 14
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 188

    Richard Sharpe, who alone can recognise the top French spy, is under orders to capture him alive. Richard Sharpe is once again at war. But this time his enemy is just one man - the ruthless Colonel Leroux. Sharpe's mission is to safeguard El Mirador, a spy whose network of agents is vital to British victory. Sharpe is forced into a new world of political and military intrigue.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharpe series

    • By antony on 29-12-16

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 15

    • Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 15
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 206

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best in the series

    • By Jholmes on 12-10-18

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 16

    • Sharpe's Honour: The Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 16
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 185

    Major Sharpe finds himself a fugitive, hunted by enemy and ally alike. Major Richard Sharpe awaits the opening shots of the army's campaign with grim expectancy. For victory depends on the increasingly fragile alliance between Britain and Spain - an alliance that must be maintained at any cost. Pierre Ducos, the wily French intelligence officer, sees a chance both to destroy the alliance and to achieve a personal revenge on Richard Sharpe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharpe's Honour.

    • By Eileen on 24-10-16

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 17

    • Sharpe's Regiment: The Invasion of France, June to November 1813

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 17
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 187

    Richard Sharpe returns to England to save the regiment. Major Sharpe's men are in mortal danger - not from the French, but from the bureaucrats of Whitehall. Unless reinforcements can be brought from England, the regiment will be disbanded. Determined not to see his regiment die, Sharpe returns to England and uncovers a nest of high-ranking traitors, any of whom could utterly destroy his career with a word.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent.

    • By Steve on 29-10-18

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 18

    • Sharpe's Siege: The Winter Campaign, 1814

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 18
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 176

    Richard Sharpe, abandoned in enemy territory, has to trust in assistance from a hostile American privateer. The invasion of France is under way and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. He and a small force of riflemen are to capture a fortress and secure a landing on the French coast - one of the most dangerous missions of his career.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant reading

    • By David on 13-11-18

    Regular price: £12.99

  • Book 19

    • Sharpe's Revenge: The Peace of 1814

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 19
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 158

    Richard Sharpe triumphs in the last battle of the war, only to find himself in worse peril when charged to recover Napoleon's treasure. It is 1814. There are rumours that Napoleon is dead, or has run away, but Sharpe has one last battle to fight before he can lay down his sword. It is the battle for Toulouse. Little does he know it will be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the war. But Sharpe's war is not only the battle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another gem from Bernard Cornwell

    • By Graeme Freeman on 30-07-17

    Regular price: £12.99

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