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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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"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)

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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!

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another good one

Sharpe always come through. Enjoyed this as much as the others. always fun to get the historical perspective at the end.

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Very exciting!

Great battle action. Interesting characters that come alive as the story unfolds. Narration was excellent.

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Love Cornwell’s Writing

I have known about the Richard Sharpe stories and wonder why it took me so long to get around to listening to them. I recommend them highly. Frederick Davidson is superb and has become the voice for me for this series. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like Patrick Tull, as I love his narrating of the Aubrey/Maturin series. The comparison is much like in the Stephen King Dark Tower series, with either Frank Muller or George Guidall narrating, you can’t go wrong with either. But Davidson’s voice for Sgt. Hakeswill is spot on, a voice and use of language of a truly despicable character you can really hate. Which brings up one point about this story, I thought Hakeswill died in a snake pit in India, but he’s mentioned as being somewhere unknown and Sharpe is yet to get his revenge on him. I suppose he will show up later in another Sharpe book. I really hoped he would be dead, I thought it said so in the scriptures. Anyway, onwards to finish the series.

One last note, I had to correct the headline because I had typed the name Cromwell instead of Cornwell, I find that quite ‘Curious’. If you don’t catch my meaning, you should relisten to Sharpe’s Trafalgar.

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Great Book

great story, I wish the whole series was available on audible sonic could finish it.

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Excellent Series

Love the series and i'm binge listening thru all the books!!!
Great job by Frederick Davidson Tull does a good job to but is hard to understand sometimes i think due to a cheap microphone

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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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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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Another great book in the series

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