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Sharpe's Enemy: Book XV of the Sharpe Series | [Bernard Cornwell]

Sharpe's Enemy: Book XV of the Sharpe Series

A band of renegades led by Sharpe's vicious mortal enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, holds a group of British and French women hostage in a strategic mountain pass. On the other side of the pass, Napoleon's Grande Armie seeks to smash through and crash the British army in Portugal. Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt.
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A band of renegades led by Sharpe's vicious mortal enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, holds a group of British and French women hostage in a strategic mountain pass. On the other side of the pass, Napoleon's Grande Armie seeks to smash through and crash the British army in Portugal. Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.

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What the Critics Say

"Frederick Davidson performs superbly. The hardness and hauteur of his syllable - precise delivery render well the rigid hierarchies and varied personalities of military life. For fans of the series, Davidson's readings may be definitive." (AudioFile Magazine)

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    Wonderful story [but make sure you read this series in order] with lots of good characters, action and plot. The reader [F. Davidson] is perfect for the story and takes the listener along with him. Definitely worth it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Battle for Portugal"

    This is book 15 in the Richard Sharpe series. Frederick Davidson does a superb job narrating the story. In this book Cornwell applied a bit more fiction to events than in the other books in the series. The overall battles between Wellesley and Napoleon's army are true but the battle in this story is fiction as was the rescue of the hostages. The band of deserters made up of all the armies in the area was true. Cornwell is the master of battle scene and keeps you on the edge of your seat listening to the book. Great story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-08-15
    Michael 08-08-15

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Major Sharpe, a major book in the series"

    Sharpe gets promoted. Can't believe his luck and then is sent on a real cool mission with nasty bad guys, nice French, bad spy guy, a fool, his wife who is more than just his lady and of course Shape's wife. Harper, Sweat William and Hogan are all there. What a story with a nice change of pace halfway through then a battle and the first story duck tales nicely with the end of the battle. Sharpe does well in his command but he does suffer a great loss which hits him for a six. Shape's nemesis gets his just deserts but there is little joy in this for Sharpe, for as revenge is a dish best served cold, the taste does not wash away the pain. Frederick Davidson does another excellent job narrating this book.

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    Steve United States 01-27-15
    Steve United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Each book just gets better and better"

    While I enjoy the TV series and believe that Sean does a great job, the book is so much better kudos to Bernard Cornwell

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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-03-13
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "Great hero and great Bad guy"
    Would you listen to Sharpe's Enemy again? Why?

    This is the third time I have read this book and still could not put it down. One loves to hate the main bad guy; but also the ability to bring in battles with the French. I also rally liked the bringing in the rocket brigade and how they worked against troops.

    Mr. Corwell's ability to describe a battle scene and the chaos is awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Enemy?

    Though it was small part of the story, when Sharpe gives the English officer (who thought he knew it all about battle) the true reality I just smiled and enjoyed it.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Davidson is one of the finest of Sharpe's readers. This book seems to have more action than a traditional Sharpe book which was exciting.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sharpe's Enemy and why?

    I did love the general Nann. He is supportive and a curmudgeon at the same time. One gets the sence that if more officers were like him England could have ruled the world.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be helpful to have read the first book to introduce Hixwell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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