In 1820, Richard Sharpe has become a peaceful farmer following Waterloo, but comes out of retirement to undertake a perilous mission. He must find Don Blas Vivar, Captain-General of the Spanish colony of Chile and an old friend, who vanished without a trace half a world away.
With intrepid Irishman Patrick Harper at his side, Sharpe embarks on a dangerous journey that carries him first to an unexpected interview with Napoleon, then on to Chile, a land seething with corruption and revolt. But when fortune delivers him into the hands of Lord Cochrane, the legendary rebel genius, the real battle erupts. On land and at sea, Sharpe faces impossible odds, not only against finding Vivar, but against surviving in a time when tyranny rules, injustice abounds, and Napoleon lurks on the horizon, itching to rekindle the world in a blaze of war.
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"Readers will be dazzled by the rollicking plot, period color, and the atavistic thrill of terrific battle scenes right out of a Turner painting." (Publishers Weekly)
There's no such thing as a bad Sharpe book. Start with Sharpe's Tiger and you'll be hooked for the entire series! This is the final book and wraps up Sharpe, Harper, and Napoleon's careers.
With an interesting back story that I had no idea about (the possibility of which would certainly have left a huge impact to world history), this is a good listen.
But if you've listened to any Sharpe books, you have no need to read this review. If you've not listened to any Sharpe book, this probably isn't the ideal one to start with, since it's the last in the series - go immediately for any other Sharpe novel as your next listen!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This sounds as if it is the last book in the series I sure hope not. I have enjoyed the series immensely. Bernard Cornwell is a master storyteller and makes history come alive, he is also about the best writer of battle scene I have read. In this story Sharpe and Harper leave their homes and families and go in hunt of the General Morimoto in Chile. On the way the ship stops at Saint Helena and Sharpe meets Napoleon. That was an interesting scene. They are caught between the Spanish govenment and the rebels fighting for independence from Spain while they are hunting for the missing General. All makes an exciting story. As usual Cornwell ties the history together at the end with historical note. Frederick Davidson did an excellent job with the narration.
Cornwell pulls together some of the disparate elements of his Sharpe series and concludes them. A masterful interplay of storylines and historical fact that leaves the reader pining for just one more Sharpe novel despite the fact this effectively concludes the series. One can only wish!
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I will miss Richard, if this truly is the last of the series. It is somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable. It met my expectations. Cornwell as usual does his research for this book. I recommend it to you.
I have read all of the books in the Sharpe series and so I was very happy for this to come out. If you have never read one of the books I would recommend you read one of the Napoleonic war books and get hooked before you can appreciate this one. As a stand alone without appreciation of Sharpe's history this is mediocre at best but for the Sharpe fanatic one more is better than none at all.
Those who know Cornwell and Sharpe already know the book will be great. Those who are new to the series, or considering the series, if you like fascinating characters, lots of action depicted in exciting yet historically accurate ways, a plot containing mystery and surprise while being consistant and believable...you can't go wrong with the Sharpe series. This book is wonderful.
Author, reader, listener... interested in Great Books of the Western World, historical fiction, Victorian poetry, and some fiction.
It was an adventure worthy of Sharpe and Harper, but here they come out of retirement. That was the first difference. In addition, the main setting is away from Europe: Chile. That's the second. I found Cornwell's writing and storytelling to be stellar, as ever. In addition to reading the text, I also listened to Frederick Davidson read. I don't find his rendition of the characters appealing. He seems to miss a lot, especially in the battle scenes. He's not bad, but I would prefer less nasal and more enthusiasm. Davidson reads most of the Sharpe series, so at least he knows the character.
One other difference is the naval setting. A lot of new naval terms in this installment. Sharpe has been on a ship in other adventures, but this is even more.
I love the Sharps novels by one of my all time favorite authors . . BUT, Frederick Davidson's delivery is, to say the least, irritating and ruins the whole experience for me. Although I have dual citizenship - UK and USA, I was educated in a London Grammar school. I find FD's pompous supercilious delivery offensive. My first disappointment was his rendering of Stonehenge by same author. The Sharpes novels should by read with a strong masculine English accent as some of the previous ones.
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