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!
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.
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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 my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I've read most of the Sharpe series books & like jumped up mustang officers in WWI & WWII & I'm sure in every major conflict, it always seems these guys have so many haters in their career. At this point Sharpe is making a retirement cameo like Arnolds in 'Commando' but he has Harper & they go on their most likely last adventure to try & find a character I always wondered why they never had come back, Vivar.
I believe all the Sharpe books increase in listener satisfaction when u get a narrator like Fredrickson, they need that grit & the proper Irish offset to go with it all, while making the French sound confident in winning & the book is worth the read just to see how Cornwell decided to write the meeting of these two epic persons, one obv fictional & one that Nepolian might or might not know how many times has singlehandedly led the destruction of a plan he made.
Overall the book is a Sharpe book & given what is suppose to happen it was a must read for me, but compared to an earlier one such as 'Sharpes Rifles' where he meets Vivar it doesn't compare, but the narration & Harper give it the extra boost it needs to propel it into a above average category
I hope this will be the end of the series after over 20 of this Character & cheers hoping Cornwell gets back to writing about 1356, Hookton, & medeivel slaughter that he has such a knack for.
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