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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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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cameron
  • Monterey, CA, United States
  • 06-12-07

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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  • Ronald
  • New Port Richey, FL, USA
  • 04-24-04

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Peyton
  • Imperial, PA, USA
  • 03-03-03

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!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

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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Sharpe struggles with leadership.

As a leader in the Army myself, I could relate to a lot of the struggles that Sharpe goes through with his new command of surviving riflemen. A good story, and Davidson again impresses with his multitude of voices and accents for the various characters.

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the first of the Sharpe series, a great beginning

The introduction to the main characters of the Sharpe series and historical events of the Peninsula war.

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A rare 5 Star . . . Perhaps the best of the Sharpe series thus far . . . 😱

I really enjoyed this and couldn’t put it down. Everything well thought out and written. I believe this is a later book that was written to fill in an earlier time period. The author’s improvement (for which of us does not improve as we practice our craft) is noted. (I am reading these in Sharpes time of chronological aging). . . . . . . . . 😱
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5 stars is great (I rarely give this rating).
4 stars is good (given only to interesting and well-written books).
3 stars is OK (the usual listen I encounter on Audible).
2 stars is poor (and not worth the credit or the listen).
1 star is awful (and to be diss'ed and shunned and spread as thus through out the Audible Universe)!
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The Sharpe & Harper friendship

This is one of my favorites of the Sharpe series. The beginning of his fighting the Napoleon wars. hoped that Sharpe's voice had more bass and calm. I always thought that he should sound cool and collected and perhaps a little more Cockney
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