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Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

The Sharpe Series, Book 15
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 15
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy.

Newly promoted, he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy.

Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. For to surrender or to fail would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies… 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.

©1984 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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apparently it doesn't say so in the scriptures

Hickswell never once utters his famous "it says so in the scriptures!" catchphrase!. )-: )-:

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  • 09-25-19

Excellent as always

Happily following Sharpe from the very beginning, looking forward to the next. Dog walking always a pleasure with this for company.

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  • simon hall
  • 09-05-19

Best of the series

Fantastic book, gripping from start to finish! My favourite of the sharpe series and an absolute masterpiece of military historical fiction...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-19

Great book

I really enjoyed this book as the writer made me feel for all characters involved.

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  • 05-06-19

Outstanding of all the novels and the sadest.

An exceptional read, all the you need is here... heroes, villains, honour, deceit, battles, cunning and stupidity. Sharp at his very best. A shame the TV series bastardised this to soppy milk slush. God save Ireland

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  • 03-18-19

An adventure not to be missed

Very well narrated. With carefully structured caricatures brought to life in a great story . Which is very hard to leave.

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  • Jholmes
  • 10-12-18

One of the best in the series

Even more engrossing than usual.
Sharpe, as always, having to overcome idiotic arrogant senior officers, and of course overwhelming French odds!
Never quite sure of the outcome, and a sad ending to dull the elation. Life really!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-18

They just keep getting better

Every time I progress in the Sharpe series, the books never cease to build upon the previous spectacular performance and story. This one is gripping as usual, but explores a wider range of emotions as you'll see.

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  • Just
  • 04-08-18

Sharpe's Excellence

Where does Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What does Rupert Farley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Farley is an excellent narrator and performer, bringing the characters and scenes to life in a way I wouldn't have been able to in my own head

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but it'd be a spoiler if I told.

Any additional comments?

This is the first Sharpe book I ever read and still one of the best, so I was anticipating the audio more than most... And it did not disappoint.

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  • 12-13-17

Another Superb Sharpe Tale

Sharpe's enemy is another example of Bernard Cornwell's excellent work. Written with such great detail, I always feel like I'm there with Sharpe and Harper. This story is no different. It's gripping from the start and fast paced enough to keep you enthralled. Yes, if you read all the Sharpe series there are parts of repetition, but you get that in most series - new readers need some feel of depth to the characters.

The narration is brilliant and in Rupert Farley, they have found a perfect match for Sharpe. He portrays all the characters well, and for me, puts real feeling into the story.

25 years ago at the age of 17, I read my first Bernard Cornwell book, which also happened to be my first ever book I'd read! Since then I've brought every single book he's written and read them all with same amazement and excitement as the first - 'The Winter King'. I can't thank Mr Cornwell enough for doing what 11 years of teachers could do, and that's encourage me to read.

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  • Andy S
  • 12-10-17

Best sharp to date

Been working my way through these best one yet seasonal too as it’s set at Christmas 1812