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Publisher's Summary

Colonel Leroux is killing Britain's most valuable spies, and it's up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series.
©1983 Rifleman Productions (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"The best of the series so far." (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

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Sharpe's Sword

Another great story from Bernard Cornwell. Cornwell is the master of battle scenes and he brings the battle field to life in this book. I believe this is the first book that he had Sharpe ride in a Calvary charge; Cornwell made me feel as if I was on a horse in the charge! Frederick Davidson did a great job narrating the story. Sharpe wanted Colonel Leroux sword but I was disappointed that in the end he did not keep it or give it to Theresa. In the epilogue I enjoyed Cornwell's description of what the city and area is like today. I would love to take a trip to Portugal and Spain following battles of the French and British.

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Another good Sharpe adventure.

What did you love best about Sharpe's Sword?

Although the Sharpe books contain similar story lines, it's always worth the read to see how he and Sgt Harper escape from the most recent French threat. This book has a dispicable villain who gives Sharpe the opportunity to savor revenge as a "dish served cold".

What other book might you compare Sharpe's Sword to and why?

I think each Sharpe book is best compared to others in the series, and I like the manner in which the author ties the books together. I suggest that they be read in sequence so that the various recurring characters will fall easily into place in the reader's memory. If the reader enjoys Hornblower/Aubrey, I think this series will also provide enjoyable reading.

Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

Sgt Harper

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

Yes, but I try to make each of the Sharpe books last over a few days of driving to and from various destinations.

Any additional comments?

Although I have read reviews criticizing one or more of the performers in the Sharpe series, I have enjoyed the slightly different perspective that each one brings to the books.

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Definitely a

Many graphic battle scenes with accompanying battle strategies and blood and guts descriptions appeal more to men than women, I suspect. Good plot and appealing hero.

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another awesome story

intrigue. battles. great story. Sharpe is brilliant as is Harper and Hogan. a must read.

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Another great Sharpy

Again, against all odds, Sharp vanquishes his evil adversaries. And, of course, he gets the girl.

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One of the better books in the Ceres and was very enjoyable to Listen to

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riveting tale of intrique and revenge

in an emotionally charged narrative this Sharpe's series saga is full of intruque and revenge woven around another femme fatal typical of the Sharpe exploits. I found this one in the series to be one of my favorite due to the non-stop action throughout including the apparent death of our main character, Richard Sharpe. It appears from the emotion in the narrator's voice that even he gets caught up in the climatic story telling of this epic adventure. Bernard Cromwell is certainly at his finest writing this episode in a series that is one of the best in historical fiction ever conceived.

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Great historical fiction

Frederick Davidson narration is outstanding and Cromwell military research and storytelling is impressive. If you enjoy battle descriptions - go for it.

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This is good stuff.

I don't think any reader is perfect. But having a story read to you by someone is pretty perfect. Literally bed-time reading, one of the most self-indulgent activities in which anyone might engage. And I agree with other reviewers that this is just the thing for car trips.

This was one of the more impactful/memorable books, because of the sword, who bought it and worked on it. As always, there are going to be improbabilities, the first being that a natural athlete, like Sharpe, would be such a poor horseman. It's a nice quirk for a character. Nice description of how cavalry can have a real "field day," when there are cascading blunders by infantry. And once one square breaks, for whatever reason, the likelihood that others will also break goes up, dramatically. But Sharpe's participation in the action seemed a bit of a stretch.

But the bad guy MUST be vanquished! Unless his name is "Hakeswill," who is the Rokoff to Sharpe's Tarzan. Ducos is Sharpe's next Hakeswill. These stories are very formulaic, very classic, very pulp, but by a scholarly writer, who does his due diligence, with an apology at the end for any liberties he took with the history, to make a better story.

Very interesting point in history, where a toxic, early form of republicanism, in Napoleonic France, foreshadowed Total War in the next century, with enormous armies of commoners armed with firearms and artillery CRUSHED opponents with sheer numbers and ruthless employment of firearm technology, and a "live-off-the-land" philosophy of war-fighting on foreign soil. Echoes of the Nazis in Eastern Europe, with much the same effect, in his inability to hold easily-taken Spain.

One day, there will be a movie/video series based on these stories, and it won't be the low-budget joke they made with Sean Bean. No shade on Bean, because his performances were fine. They just didn't have the money for more than a couple dozen extras. But cast it like it's described. A 6-footer paired with a 6-4-NFL-D-TACKLE-sized giant sidekick, surrounded by a bunch of mostly 5-and-a-half-footers.

I need to find where in the books they describe Harper's high-pitched voice. That's how the readers always play him, and I somehow imagine more of a Victor Mclaughlin (Giant Irishman who played the sergeant in John Wayne Westerns and in The Quiet Man, with the classic fistfight against The Duke. Must be something I missed in the first book that had Harper in it. I've been binge-listening, and can't remember if they met in India or right after. LOL!

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Another great read in the Sharpe series

Very captivating story, excellent narration. It's very interesting reading about this time period and Cornwell always does the time period great justice.