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 502
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 474
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471

    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
    • At the Sharpe Start

    • By Simon on 20-09-15

    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 386
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 355
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350

    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 358
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 329
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 326

    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
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 303

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sharpe Sails for Glory!

    • By Simon on 21-04-16

    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 279
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255

    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 335
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 302
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 300

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rifles!

    • By Just on 24-04-18

    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 278
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244

    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
    • classic Sharpe

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-04-18

    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 302
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 273

    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
    • Excellently read.

    • By K. M. Woodhouse on 05-10-15

    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 210
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    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: 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 212
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    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 186
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    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
    • Not the best, but bloody good.

    • By Kuleshov on 04-07-15

    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 179
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167

    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
    • Sharpe's Bravado

    • By Just on 24-04-18

    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 183
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 170

    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
    • Firing On All Cylinders

    • By Just on 24-04-18

    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 164
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 152

    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 174
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 164
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 165

    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
    • Sharpe's Excellence

    • By Just on 08-04-18

    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 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 144

    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 148
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 142

    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
    • Sharpe at its best

    • By A. Bingham on 19-09-16

    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 142
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 133

    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
    • Superb narration of a great story

    • By Graeme Freeman on 21-07-17

    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 127
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 116

    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

  • Book 20

    • Sharpe's Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15 - 18 June, 1815

    • The Sharpe Series, Book 20
    • By: Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 143
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 142

    Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe, sidelined on the royal staff, magnificently siezes command at the final moment of the great victory. It is 1815. Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the prince of Orange, who refuses to listen to Sharpe's reports of an enormous army, led by Napoleon, marching towards them. The Battle of Waterloo commences, and it seems as if Sharpe must stand by and watch the grandest scale of military folly.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping

    • By Kuleshov on 03-04-15

    Regular price: £14.49

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