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Publisher's Summary

Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war. Sharpe has earned his captaincy, but there are others, such as the foppish Lieutenant Gibbons and his uncle, Colonel Henry Simmerson, who have bought their commissions despite their incompetence. After their cowardly loss of the regiment's colors, their resentment toward the upstart Sharpe turns to treachery, and Sharpe must battle his way through sword fights and bloody warfare to redeem the honor of his regiment.
Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
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"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)

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Great and you don't have to have read the others

One of the wonderful features of the Sharp's novel is that any one is a stand alone. Cornwell writes the best historical fiction around. Not only does he include lots of backround but he is a master of creating swashbuckling characters and great situations.

The rendition of the book was excellent, the characters were 100% in place and believable.

Rent any of the Sharp's books and you won't be dissapointed!

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • Penfield, NY, USA
  • 05-06-03

A giant ditto

"Sharpe's Eagle" was a fascinating book. The action scenes were read just right to keep the flow moving and the characterizations fit throughout the reading. I'm hooked. Off to get more of Sharpe and see what other problems he runs into as the war goes on.

By the way, the historical accuracy also helped make the book believable.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I loved all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books

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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Sharpe's Eagle- Great Listening Experience

I purchased this book as a first attempt at historical fiction. I found it difficult to find a good place to stop listening. I enjoy historical fiction and this one contains enough historical detail to keep it interesting just from that point of view. In addition, it has a very compelling plot and enough interesting characters to keep the listener engaged through out the telling of this story. I would recommend listening to this series in order if possible. The first available is Sharpe's Rifles. Start there and see what you think.

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Engrossing!

This was a great story. It was superbly written with plenty of action, but also with great context, background and a description of the time and place that made me feel I was there. It was genuinely hard to stop listening, and after my long commute I often found myself wishing I was not yet at my destination. The reading was outstanding.

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Always a good listen

Excellent book and the narrator did a wonderful job. Sharpe and company rarely disappoint. Looking forward to starting the next one.

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much enjoyed

loved this book. always enjoy Sharpe!! great narration keeps you engaged and wanting more! reommend it

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great story

This is one of the best Sharpe novels and can be read out of turn.

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Success repeated.

This Sharpe story did not let me down. I enjoy this author and especially the Sharpe series. Another good read.

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Sharpe on the Campaign

I really love the shape series. It affords a unique perspective on the rigors of napoleononic service. although it can be a little over the top in terms of action,this series of books is still entertaining and insightful on common soldiers living conditions