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Publisher's Summary

Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsular Army, vastly outnumbered and its coffers empty, was on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government had fallen, the last Spanish armies had been crushed by the French, and all that was left were the peassants fighting the guerrilla, the "little war." But Wellington had one hope left. He knew that in the dangerous Portuguese hills lay a fortune in gold, enough gold perhaps to turn the Peninsular War around. And he knew of one fighting man capable of stealing it: Captain Richard Sharpe of the South Essex regiment.

In this novel, the third in a series that will take the magnetic Sharpe all the way from Talavera (Sharpe's Rifles) to the glory of Waterloo, Bernard Cornwell tells the gripping story of Sharpe's secret mission, an adventure unlike an form of warfare Sharpe has known in his long and embattled career as a soldier fighting his way up through the ranks.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
©1981 by Rifleman Productions (P)1995 by Blackstone Audiodbooks

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great Fun

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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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More cloak and dagger for Sharpe and his company

This story consists of a singular adventure consisting of a treasure hunt in Spain by Trump and his men. Personally in prefer more battles, and while this one had some good skirmishes, it wasn't anything epic in scale. Davidson does a great job narrating, as ever.

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Enjoyable historical fiction . . . . . . . . 😱

My first Captain Richard Sharpe book out of at least 10 that are written. This one takes place around 1810 and our protagonist is a Rifleman with the British Light Infantry. Their early war invention is colored pig bladders hoisted high on a large yardarm from a high tower to communicate some miles away to the next station. 1810 technology!
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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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Good read

Not the capture volume of others in the sharpe titles, but still a good read.

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The best of the Sharpe's series

This book was the second book in the series I ever read and I believe it is the best. Full of twists & turns, action, and a thriller thrown in. Sharpe actually shows his remorseful side! Frederick Davidson is excellent with the accents and keeping the story moving. A pleasure to listen to him. Sit back and enjoy a nice piece of literature unfold with a great story, characters, descriptions and narration.

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  • John
  • Concord, Australia
  • 03-27-15

Another great book in the series

This book follows the career of Richard Sharpe who is put in an inevitable position by his general.

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  • Dennis
  • FORT PIERCE, FL, United States
  • 12-03-12

Sharpe and Harper in action behind the lines

Would you consider the audio edition of Sharpe's Gold to be better than the print version?

Sorry I only listen to the audio and it is excellent,

What did you like best about this story?

His mens loyality and their respect for a man who would also die for them

What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

I must admit that Mr Davidson is without a doubt on of the best English readers and I look forward to listen to many more of his reads.

If you could rename Sharpe's Gold, what would you call it?

Sharpe's Golden Adventure

Any additional comments?

I am hooked on Mr Corwells books Look forward to listening to more of them

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  • Ronald
  • Brandon, FL, United States
  • 10-16-12

Sharpe's Illusion of Duty

What did you love best about Sharpe's Gold?

Frederick Davidson's reading of the book.

Would you recommend Sharpe's Gold to your friends? Why or why not?

Not unless they have read/heard previous Sharpe novels.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the seven barreled gun and explanation to the lieutenant of the its possession.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No! I did not, but enjoyed the description of how things seemed have been within the ranks of the time.

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  • Thomas
  • Starkville, MS, United States
  • 07-01-12

Ending a bit rushed

Where does Sharpe's Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this Sharpe book is not quite as good as others in the series. The ending felt a bit rushed. I also don't like that the author didn't cover the gold at all in the historical note at the end of the book. I love Cornwell's historical notes and was let down in this instance. Did Wellesley really steal Spanish gold? I guess not.

It was a fun story overall and I enjoyed listening to Frederick Davidson as usual.

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  • Brian
  • Bardstown, KY, USA
  • 11-28-09

Absolutly terific!!!!!

I can not praise the Sharpe series enough. they are so well written that when read them, you can almost smell the gun smoke. These books are some of the best Ive read.