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Publisher's Summary

Richard Sharpe, with enemies on every side, survives Marshall Massena's attack and ends at the lines of Torres Vedras.Sharpe's job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus - a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal's ancient university city. Sharpe's Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massena's crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.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.

©2004 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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  • Simon
  • 04-24-18

An Escape That's a Victory!

First, as I am reliably informed that the function that allows people to follow reviewers is about to be brutally terminated before its time a quick thankyou to anyone who followed my reviews. While I'm sure most of the emails ended crumpled up in the trash folder it has been nice to think someone somewhere might just have read one ir two of them so I am grateful!

And if it is to be the last of my reviews to be distributed this really isn't a bad way to go out. I'm a big fan of Mr Cornwell in general and this series in particular. And this is definitely one of the best of even this series. There is very little downtime between the action and when our man takes charge of an impending disastrous situation near the end it is absolutely vintage Sharpe. He is such a fantastic character closely followed by Donegal's own Patrick Harper of course.

Of course Rupert Farley is excellent as them both plus the usual host of snobby officers and the other assorted ruffians. His narration presides over pitched battles, bare knuckle fights and of course Sharpe finding a love interest though this is kept fairly restrained. I mentioned with the previous book that Sharpe could woo a woman no matter what state he was in but I think this time trumps the lot!

This is book ten now so no-one interested in it is likely to need me to tell them what this series is like. Just rest assured this lives up to the standard of the best so far!

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  • Eileen
  • 11-17-15

Sharpe's Escape

Rattling good tale. Must say I'm becoming a mite concerned with Richard's bed hopping though. I recon I have bought and read 'several times' all 20 Sharpe books ~ or was it 21? ~ no matter. Richard's generosity with his ladies is legionary ~ as is his parsimony but, with thousands stashed away ~ Why doesn't he buy a bloody watch ????

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-18

Another good Sharpe adventure.

Mr Sharpe, as ever, completed his task in his own way and got back to the South Essex Light Company!

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  • Just
  • 04-08-18

Good

What did you like most about Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810?

Big fan of Sharpe, so always good to read a new book.

What about Rupert Farley’s performance did you like?

Great narration, great characterisation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long.

Any additional comments?

Not the best of the Sharpe books, the ending somewhat trite, it is nonetheless a good listen, especially because of Rupert Farley.

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  • Jailerkate
  • 11-25-17

Thoroughly Good Listen (Again).

Mssrs Cornwell & Farley have once more provided an excellent plot with superb narration. Tankyou.

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  • Dragonet
  • 08-12-17

Solid Sharpe

Sharpe's Escape (with an e) :-) has plenty of action, brawls and the interaction between pompous officers and men with common sense. Read well and although interjected as an additional story fits in reasonably well with the original chronology. Thumbs up.

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  • Kaz
  • 10-04-16

Fantastic. Rupert Farley is superb!

Farley takes his time, really draws the story out but it doesn't drag at all. His accents are phenomenal and he captures the characters perfectly - I want him to read everything I ever listen to!

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  • Andrew
  • 03-19-16

one of my favorites so far

One of the best in the sharpe series. sharpe is on form yet again! mind you..... he never did get the turpentine.

God save Ireland

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  • mr b mitchell
  • 07-21-15

Another great listen

What did you like most about Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810?

A great boys own adventure. No shortage of testosterone here. Fantastic narration with a great range of character voices

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sharpe

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Escaping in the Seward

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Bob H
  • 06-20-15

Excellent

Excellent as usual. The narrator was very good in his delivery and characterisation. Well done and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.