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A band of renegades led by Sharpe's vicious mortal enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, holds a group of British and French women hostage in a strategic mountain pass. On the other side of the pass, Napoleon's Grande Armie seeks to smash through and crash the British army in Portugal. Outnumbered and attacked from two sides, Sharpe must hold his ground or die in the attempt.
Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
©1984 Rifleman Productions; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Frederick Davidson performs superbly. The hardness and hauteur of his syllable - precise delivery render well the rigid hierarchies and varied personalities of military life. For fans of the series, Davidson's readings may be definitive." (AudioFile Magazine)

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All around terrific

Wonderful story [but make sure you read this series in order] with lots of good characters, action and plot. The reader [F. Davidson] is perfect for the story and takes the listener along with him. Definitely worth it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 03-12-12

Battle for Portugal

This is book 15 in the Richard Sharpe series. Frederick Davidson does a superb job narrating the story. In this book Cornwell applied a bit more fiction to events than in the other books in the series. The overall battles between Wellesley and Napoleon's army are true but the battle in this story is fiction as was the rescue of the hostages. The band of deserters made up of all the armies in the area was true. Cornwell is the master of battle scene and keeps you on the edge of your seat listening to the book. Great story.

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Joy of Loss

I have read all of Bernard Cornwells novels. Of them all this is my favorite. Where the proverbial literary hero is humbled and humanized by loss. Outside of Derfel, Richard and Patrick create the most real of people in this amazing fictional tale.

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Best yet

Would you listen to Sharpe's Enemy again? Why?

No. It is not practice to ever read a book for a second time. This not school work.

Which scene was your favorite?

I am hard pressed to answer as many were terrific.

If you could rename Sharpe's Enemy, what would you call it?

Loss and Revenge.

Any additional comments?

I have read several in the Sharpe series and found only two not up to par. This was in my view the best yet. While I have skipped around some, I do recommend reading the series in sequence. But, the author does not retell all as filler and so repetition is avoided skillfully. I will do Sword next and cant' wait, especially if it is 1/2 as captivating as Enemy.

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Four battles in one great story

Where does Sharpe's Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series is simply the best historical action fiction you will find. Sharpe is a British soldier fighting with the Duke of Wellngton's army in Spain against the French. As with all the other books in this series, the story is fast paced, engaging, and a true page turner. Cornwell does his homework, and his books are factually sound and his plots very exciting. If you love action adventure stories, you will love this book, as well as all of the other books in this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sharpe, he is a great combination of James Bond, Dirty Harry, and Rambo.

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

Mr. Davidson's performance is superb. You feel like you are sitting in a British pub and listening to a former British soldier who was an eye witness to the action being described.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Before there was Rambo, there was Sharpe"

Any additional comments?

Buy all the books in the series, start from the beginning, and enjoy!

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Major Sharpe, a major book in the series

Sharpe gets promoted. Can't believe his luck and then is sent on a real cool mission with nasty bad guys, nice French, bad spy guy, a fool, his wife who is more than just his lady and of course Shape's wife. Harper, Sweat William and Hogan are all there. What a story with a nice change of pace halfway through then a battle and the first story duck tales nicely with the end of the battle. Sharpe does well in his command but he does suffer a great loss which hits him for a six. Shape's nemesis gets his just deserts but there is little joy in this for Sharpe, for as revenge is a dish best served cold, the taste does not wash away the pain. Frederick Davidson does another excellent job narrating this book.

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  • Steve
  • United States
  • 01-27-15

Each book just gets better and better

While I enjoy the TV series and believe that Sean does a great job, the book is so much better kudos to Bernard Cornwell

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  • KEITH
  • Canyon Country, CA, United States
  • 08-03-13

Great hero and great Bad guy

Would you listen to Sharpe's Enemy again? Why?

This is the third time I have read this book and still could not put it down. One loves to hate the main bad guy; but also the ability to bring in battles with the French. I also rally liked the bringing in the rocket brigade and how they worked against troops.

Mr. Corwell's ability to describe a battle scene and the chaos is awesome.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharpe's Enemy?

Though it was small part of the story, when Sharpe gives the English officer (who thought he knew it all about battle) the true reality I just smiled and enjoyed it.

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

Davidson is one of the finest of Sharpe's readers. This book seems to have more action than a traditional Sharpe book which was exciting.

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

I did love the general Nann. He is supportive and a curmudgeon at the same time. One gets the sence that if more officers were like him England could have ruled the world.

Any additional comments?

It would be helpful to have read the first book to introduce Hixwell.

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