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.
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"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)
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!
Sorry I only listen to the audio and it is excellent,
His mens loyality and their respect for a man who would also die for them
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.
Sharpe's Golden Adventure
I am hooked on Mr Corwells books Look forward to listening to more of them
Frederick Davidson's reading of the book.
Not unless they have read/heard previous Sharpe novels.
The description of the seven barreled gun and explanation to the lieutenant of the its possession.
No! I did not, but enjoyed the description of how things seemed have been within the ranks of the time.
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.
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.
A typical, well-written Sharpe story. As I've listened to many of these now, they do seem to be getting rather repetitive.
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.
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