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Sharpe's Gold: Book IX of the Sharpe Series | [Bernard Cornwell]

Sharpe's Gold: Book IX of the Sharpe Series

Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsular Army, vastly outnumbered and its coffers empty, was on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government had fallen, the last Spanish armies had been crushed by the French, and all that was left were the peassants fighting the guerrilla, the "little war." But Wellington had one hope left.
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Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsular Army, vastly outnumbered and its coffers empty, was on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government had fallen, the last Spanish armies had been crushed by the French, and all that was left were the peassants fighting the guerrilla, the "little war." But Wellington had one hope left. He knew that in the dangerous Portuguese hills lay a fortune in gold, enough gold perhaps to turn the Peninsular War around. And he knew of one fighting man capable of stealing it: Captain Richard Sharpe of the South Essex regiment.

In this novel, the third in a series that will take the magnetic Sharpe all the way from Talavera (Sharpe's Rifles) to the glory of Waterloo, Bernard Cornwell tells the gripping story of Sharpe's secret mission, an adventure unlike an form of warfare Sharpe has known in his long and embattled career as a soldier fighting his way up through the ranks.

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

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    James Dayton, OR, USA 10-16-03
    James Dayton, OR, USA 10-16-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Fun"

    Great fun, lots of adventure, some history. I liked all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books so much that I was deeply depressed when I finished the last one available at audible. More Please!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-03-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Sharpe and Harper in action behind the lines"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharpe's Gold to be better than the print version?

    Sorry I only listen to the audio and it is excellent,


    What did you like best about this story?

    His mens loyality and their respect for a man who would also die for them


    What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

    I must admit that Mr Davidson is without a doubt on of the best English readers and I look forward to listen to many more of his reads.


    If you could rename Sharpe's Gold, what would you call it?

    Sharpe's Golden Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    I am hooked on Mr Corwells books Look forward to listening to more of them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Brandon, FL, United States 10-16-12
    Ronald Brandon, FL, United States 10-16-12
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    "Sharpe's Illusion of Duty"
    What did you love best about Sharpe's Gold?

    Frederick Davidson's reading of the book.


    Would you recommend Sharpe's Gold to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not unless they have read/heard previous Sharpe novels.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the seven barreled gun and explanation to the lieutenant of the its possession.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No! I did not, but enjoyed the description of how things seemed have been within the ranks of the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Starkville, MS, United States 07-01-12
    Thomas Starkville, MS, United States 07-01-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Ending a bit rushed"
    Where does Sharpe's Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think this Sharpe book is not quite as good as others in the series. The ending felt a bit rushed. I also don't like that the author didn't cover the gold at all in the historical note at the end of the book. I love Cornwell's historical notes and was let down in this instance. Did Wellesley really steal Spanish gold? I guess not.

    It was a fun story overall and I enjoyed listening to Frederick Davidson as usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Bardstown, KY, USA 11-28-09
    Brian Bardstown, KY, USA 11-28-09
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    "Absolutly terific!!!!!"

    I can not praise the Sharpe series enough. they are so well written that when read them, you can almost smell the gun smoke. These books are some of the best Ive read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 04-19-08
    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 04-19-08
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    "Pretty Good"

    A typical, well-written Sharpe story. As I've listened to many of these now, they do seem to be getting rather repetitive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W Marina, CA, United States 01-19-05
    W Marina, CA, United States 01-19-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Good, but not as good as others in the series..."

    Richard Sharpe, Cornwell's everyman hero is sent to 'recover' Spanish gold in the Portuguese hills. In fact, Sharpe is sent to steal it with somewhat problematic consequences. This is the third Richard Sharpe novel I've listened to. Once again, I'm a bit struck by the similarity between Cornwell's male leads. Sharpe is a virtual image of Nate Starbuck. He has many of Nate's qualities: desire to be a soldier, underdog status, doughty comrades, lack of religious convictions, lack of emotional development, unwillingness (or) inability to commit to a single woman.

    Overall, while I enjoy the history, action and adventure of Richard Sharpe and his company, frankly I don't much care for Sharpe himself. I was rather under-whelmed by him, and while the author has written of his past suffering with sympathy, I don't really care for the manner he uses women, and his lack of emotional maturity. He is also far from admirable in his many actions. Also his female characters lack dimension. The two in this book were 'bad girls' and seemed to be fairly boiler plate.

    I like this series for the action and adventure. But Sharpe himself bores me, which is too bad. These are great books, and would be better if the hero was someone I could relate with.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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