Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
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"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)
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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series is simply the best historical action fiction you will find. Sharpe is a British soldier fighting with the Duke of Wellngton's army in Spain against the French. As with all the other books in this series, the story is fast paced, engaging, and a true page turner. Cornwell does his homework, and his books are factually sound and his plots very exciting. If you love action adventure stories, you will love this book, as well as all of the other books in this series.
Sharpe, he is a great combination of James Bond, Dirty Harry, and Rambo.
Mr. Davidson's performance is superb. You feel like you are sitting in a British pub and listening to a former British soldier who was an eye witness to the action being described.
"Before there was Rambo, there was Sharpe"
Buy all the books in the series, start from the beginning, and enjoy!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
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.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It would be helpful to have read the first book to introduce Hixwell.
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