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Sharpe's Sword: Book XIV of the Sharpe Series | [Bernard Cornwell]

Sharpe's Sword: Book XIV of the Sharpe Series

Colonel Leroux is killing Britain's most valuable spies, and it's up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.
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Publisher's Summary

Colonel Leroux is killing Britain's most valuable spies, and it's up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.

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

©1983 Rifleman Productions; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"The best of the series so far." (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-06-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Sharpe's Sword"

    Another great story from Bernard Cornwell. Cornwell is the master of battle scenes and he brings the battle field to life in this book. I believe this is the first book that he had Sharpe ride in a Calvary charge; Cornwell made me feel as if I was on a horse in the charge! Frederick Davidson did a great job narrating the story. Sharpe wanted Colonel Leroux sword but I was disappointed that in the end he did not keep it or give it to Theresa. In the epilogue I enjoyed Cornwell's description of what the city and area is like today. I would love to take a trip to Portugal and Spain following battles of the French and British.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki G Redmond, WA, USA 12-16-03
    Vicki G Redmond, WA, USA 12-16-03
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    "Definitely a"

    Many graphic battle scenes with accompanying battle strategies and blood and guts descriptions appeal more to men than women, I suspect. Good plot and appealing hero.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Laura M. Hagan 08-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "These are a must"

    These are wonderful, a combination of candy and good for you. I still love anything that generates an interest in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 08-08-15
    Michael 08-08-15

    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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    "Sharpe gets Hurt"

    Yes he is human. Well we sort of knew that but he stumbles on who is who and what is what just after the reader has. To add to all this, he gets wounded so bad that he almost dies. Now that is a story in itself. Harper makes him a new sword which is real good and Sharpe falls for a real stunner. I don't like her voice, but I imagined in my own reading her to have a more classical English accent. She is multi-lingual and has many other skills besides being rich. Enough about her, as this relationship does not end perfectly for Sharpe who I might add is a married man! He should know better, but he being a swashbuckling hero guts to unshed his sword at a drop of a skirt. Well at least he is fiction. He gets to hunt down the bad guy, win the battle and save the world from disaster all in what seems a week but to be fare it is a Summer holiday for Sharpe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-06-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Funniest of all the Sharpe Books"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Sharpe lies about whom he's sleeping with by calling her Dolores, and then proceeding to make up ridiculous details about her is by far the funniest scene in all 15 of the Sharpe books I've read. And Davidson just adds to the glee. I won't spoil all the details, but when Harper tells Hogan that she has no legs later in the book, I just burst out laughing in my office.


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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-09-13
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2014

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Sharpe meets a disarming enemy that wants him dead"
    Would you listen to Sharpe's Sword again? Why?

    Great story alot of action and later yes I would listen to it again


    What other book might you compare Sharpe's Sword to and why?

    We have liked all his books and Jack Aubrey would be somewhat similar


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr Davidson is one of the most splendid English readers you could listen too. Like him alot


    Who was the most memorable character of Sharpe's Sword and why?

    Helena was most memorable as an ally and an enemy


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to his next adventure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WK WEST LAKE HILLS, TEXAS, United States 01-07-13
    WK WEST LAKE HILLS, TEXAS, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good Sharpe adventure."
    What did you love best about Sharpe's Sword?

    Although the Sharpe books contain similar story lines, it's always worth the read to see how he and Sgt Harper escape from the most recent French threat. This book has a dispicable villain who gives Sharpe the opportunity to savor revenge as a "dish served cold".


    What other book might you compare Sharpe's Sword to and why?

    I think each Sharpe book is best compared to others in the series, and I like the manner in which the author ties the books together. I suggest that they be read in sequence so that the various recurring characters will fall easily into place in the reader's memory. If the reader enjoys Hornblower/Aubrey, I think this series will also provide enjoyable reading.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Sgt Harper


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I try to make each of the Sharpe books last over a few days of driving to and from various destinations.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I have read reviews criticizing one or more of the performers in the Sharpe series, I have enjoyed the slightly different perspective that each one brings to the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton C. Cone Lexington, NC 10-22-06
    Clayton C. Cone Lexington, NC 10-22-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Vintage Sharpe"

    My kingdom for a sword? What would Sharpe do for a Hattori Hanzo katana?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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