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Publisher's Summary

The newly promoted Captain Richard Sharpe clashes with an incompetent colonel, leads his men in the battle of Talavera and earns himself a dangerous enemy. As Sharpe leads his men in to battle, he knows he must fight for the honour of the regiment and his future career.

Soldier, hero, rogue - Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.

©1981 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Sharpe and his creator are national treasures." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation." (Daily Mail)
"Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched." (Observer)
"The best battle scenes of any writer I've ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive." (George R.R. Martin)

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best book of the series

my favourite book of the series. Rupert farley is an excellent narrator capable of bringing a wide spectrum of characters to life.

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  • K. M. Woodhouse
  • 10-05-15

Excellently read.

Fantastic adaptation of a wonderful series of books. I'm a huge Sharpe fan, and I couldn't fault the narration here.

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  • Steve
  • 07-27-15

A good story line

Well read with a good plot Sharpe did it again out he went with Harper

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  • Dave Watts
  • 03-10-15

The best Sharpe novel

The best Sharpe novel of the original series. Sparkling dialogue and entertaining run ins with those who look down on him. A really engaging story brilliantly narrated as usual.

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  • Kirsty Chesher
  • 02-24-15

Sharpes eagle

Absolutely brilliant. Rupert Farley is Richard sharpe, is Patrick harper, is major hogan, sir Arthur Wellesley, is every character he voices. Outstanding. As is Bernard cornwell's characters.

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  • Simon
  • 06-16-17

As Sharpe As Ever

If you've read through the books to get this far then you know what to expect, both from the pen of Cornwell and the voice of Rupert Farley. This is an excellent continuation of the series which while yes it does follow a certain formula provides seriously good entertainment.

Yes there are stupid and mean-spirited senior officers that clash with Sharpe et every opportunity and yes there is a love interest and so on but it is brilliantly done. When you're addicted to something you don't often want something different from your chosen "fix".

This one though is definitely one of the best I've read so far, lots of good action, lots of intrigue and fun dialogue and even the love interest is skillfully woven into the plot so as never to bog it down too much about our hero becoming all dewy eyed . . . again!

Once again it's a bravo to Messrs Cornwell and Farley.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 10-05-17

Original glory

This masterful historical fiction was the first written, although there are many brilliant prequels. This type of novel has been my passion for over 40 yrs and the best ,as this surely is, makes one feel part of the story. I have read, watched, read, and now listened, and will probably again. Sharpe remains my favourite of all characters, and I thank Bernard Cornwell for his creation.

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  • MR W Daly
  • 08-10-17

A promise made a promise keept

The best yet, A new foe, A new romance, twists and turns, laced with revenge

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  • Neil Ross
  • 05-22-17

Excellent book

Another very good book by the another. Action packed. I felt i was in the melee of battle. cant wait to download another

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  • NDT
  • 01-01-17

Another fantastic book

Another fantastic book. The only reason it does not receive 5 stars is that the storyline is so similar. On one hand, this is what makes us love the books so much, but on the other some repetitive elements can be very mildly frustrating (I now almost ignore the 'love story' part of the books).

Certainly not frustrating enough for me to regret reading/listening, but enough to take away the 5th star.

Narrator as always does a fantastic job. Thank you Mr Farley!

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  • Roy Elmer
  • 11-06-16

Excellent!

This is a fantastic entry in the series and thoroughly recommended. The narration is excellent and as always, Cornwell's writing is brilliant.

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  • 12-07-16

Great listen

Excellent description of various battles that Sharpe becomes involved ln. A believable plot that shows up the impotence of many english officers who by accident of birth can command men into battle without the requisite capicity to lead.