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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.

©1988 by Rifleman Productions; (P)1995 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Joe Fountain Valley, CA, USA 09-30-03
    Joe Fountain Valley, CA, USA 09-30-03 Member Since 2003
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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
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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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    James Dayton, OR, USA 10-16-03
    James Dayton, OR, USA 10-16-03 Member Since 2002
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Arlington, VA, United States 11-08-06
    David Arlington, VA, United States 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Athens, AL, USA 10-01-13
    Michael Athens, AL, USA 10-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Quite to Par"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I could not recommend this book to a friend, in light of the increased cursing and blasphemies of Christ in the book. It seems each book in the series thus far has a goal of getting worse in language than the previous one. This was totally unnecessary. The story line itself was good, and the narration was excellent, but the enjoyment was totally abated by the worse language.


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    Ryan Weatherston Japan 08-16-13
    Ryan Weatherston Japan 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-03-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Great book with Great Characters"

    This is the Sharpe book that I started with, I chose this by looking at the Wiki list of all the books. Vivas is a character that is introduced in this book who makes another cameo later in the series & I really loved the interaction of Vivas & Sharpe. The main reason why things change is the respect that is given once Vivas realizes that Sharpe raised thru the ranks.

    I've read some other reviews that did not like the narrator but I thought Fredrickson did a great job, I believe most people probably didn't like him because he was narrating for a character that is English, but being Asian I thought he did a great job with that & an Irish accent. An Irish person might disagree completely but I thought Harpers high pitched, Irish accent fitting him well, especially when compared to Hogan who is also Irish that has an entirely different voice

    I thought this was a great place to start through ignorance because I haven't read any books before this one, so there could be books I'm plainly missing before this book. I've hop scotched thru the different Sharpe Novels & I haven't been disappointed yet....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 01-30-13
    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 01-30-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Enjoyable, but not the best in the series"

    I've been trying to take the Sharpe series in chronological order. I listened to the first two (Sharpe's Tiger and Sharpe's Triumph), read the third (Sharpe's Fortress), and then skipped a couple to listen to Sharpe's Rifles. Of the three audiobooks, I rate the first two as five stars. These were written a decade later than Sharpe's Rifles, and Cornwell seems to have honed his skills during that time. Sharpe's Rifles is still a very enjoyable listen, but if you are sampling the series for the first time, start with Sharpe's Tiger..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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