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Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series | [Bernard Cornwell]

Sharpe's Rifles: Book VI of the Sharpe Series

It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain.
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It's 1809 and the powerful French juggernaut is sweeping across Spain. Lieutenant Sharpe is newly in command of the demoralized, distrustful men of the 95th Rifles. He must lead them to safety - and the only means of escape is a treacherous trek through the enemy-infested mountains of Spain. Blas Vivar and his band of intrepid Spanish soldiers may prove to be their salvation. But Vivar is transporting a mysterious chest that he claims can shift the tides of war, and the French are determined to get it - no matter what the cost.

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

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    Joe 09-30-03
    Joe 09-30-03
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    "Historical Fiction at it's best."

    I had never read (or listened to) a novel by Cornwell before purchasing and hearing this one. I was instantly hooked and I'm planning to purchase and listen to all of the others offered on Audible. The book was superb, the character development was rich and plausible, and the story telling was excellent. My only disappointment is that not all of the "Sharpe" novels are yet available on Audible (a situation I hope they rectify quickly). I might add that the narration by Frederick Davidson is absolutely fantastic. His ability to mimic almost any voice and accent only adds to the richness of the story. I heartily recommend this book to all.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 06-12-07
    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 06-12-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great narration"

    Wonderful story with a very good plot. I'm really enjoying these Sharpe novels. And Davidson does an a very good narration--I wanted to fight along with Spanish as Davidson was reading the last dramatic chapters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jim 10-16-03
    jim 10-16-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Lots of adventure."

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peyton Imperial, PA, USA 03-03-03
    Peyton Imperial, PA, USA 03-03-03
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    "Sharpe's Rifles"

    A rip roaring historical adventure novel, the first in a long series. Sword battering bone, blood & honor, AArrrr... Recommended for guys only, it's lot of fun and you learn some excellent history to boot!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald New Port Richey, FL, USA 04-24-04
    Ronald New Port Richey, FL, USA 04-24-04
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    "A GREAT Historical Novel"

    This was my first of the "Sharpe" series and it was thouroughly enjoyable as well as giving me a great perspective of Spanish history. As an American living tempoarily in Spain I found it accurate and a rip-roaring adventure. I look forward to listening to more books in this series.

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    David Floyd 11-08-06
    David Floyd 11-08-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Lots of Fun"

    This was my first book of the Sharpe series, and I enjoyed it very much. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. The story was very exciting and kept me extremely interested all the way through. I highly recommend this one.

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    Tom 04-05-15
    Tom 04-05-15
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    "not equal to the others"

    I've read 8 or so Sharpe books and enjoyed them all. This one, however, fell a bit short. Sharpe is learning the ropes as to how to lead, having recently been appointed lieutenant. That's interesting. But his love interest is a stretch and his joinder with the Spanish is as well.

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    Old Sub Sailor Lake Jackson, TX United States 04-05-15
    Old Sub Sailor Lake Jackson, TX United States 04-05-15
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    "Headline"

    I have read the series several times. Now I'm enjoying listening to it.
    Excellent performance.
    Why is there a minimum word requirement for these things?

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    Michael 03-17-15
    Michael 03-17-15

    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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    "A great action adventure novel"

    Lt Richard Sharpe might have come a long way from India, but a fat lot of good it has done him. A Quarter Master in a retreating army that is being harassed to extinction by the enemy. Of course Sharpe gets an opportunity to shine but first he has to win over lost riflemen who would rather kill him than follow him south. This book is great with bad guys, twists and turns and a victorious end to it all. First book I read of the Sharpe series and still my favourite, although Sharpe's Gold is pretty good. Once you get use to Frederick Davidson narration this book is great. He does the voices really well, although the Spanish and French is a little clique. Bernard Cornwell descriptions in this book are spot on and you are transported back to Spain during the winter of 1808 during the Napoleonic Peninsular campaign and you can feel the cold, hunger and shock of battle. It doesn't get much better than this book but it does!

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    Ryan Weatherston 08-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An emotional Richard Sharpe?"

    This story was pretty good, but the descriptions of Sharpe's emotions and the mistakes he makes as he adjusts to leadership was a curve-ball for me and something I didn't really like. In the early books, there are not much written about his emotions. And in the books after this one, these emotions/mistakes are dropped. Sharpe always seemed to know what to do in every circumstance, but in this book he often doesn't know what to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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