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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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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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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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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.

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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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over the hills

Sharpe's Rifles is absolutely fantastic extremely gripping and it's a great start to the Sharpe series there are several moments in the book where I the hair was standing up on the back of my neck it's extremely entertaining and at many times thrilling I highly recommend it

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Another Sharpe Masterpiece

Everyone of Cornwell's Sharpe Series is just superb. This one is no less terrific. This one fleshes out the characters we will encounter all through the series. Written so vividly one can almost smell the leather and hear the thunder of the guns, it is a page turner that you find yourself reading at 4AM. Really, some books leave you glad to finally reach the last page. This one leaves you hungry for more. But a caution. Read the books in order if you can. To this end, try to find a list of these novels that shows the sequence in the order of events depicted in the story line, Don't read them in the order that they were written.

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  • Bill
  • Centennial, CO, United States
  • 07-22-16

another fun Sharpe story!

This is the story of how Sharpe became a combat infantry officer and gained the trust of his men, including sergeant Harper. A must read for anyone following the series.