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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

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"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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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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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.

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Favorite of the Sharpe series so far.

This book and performance are special. Everything you expect from previous books is present but with more vulnerability from Sharpe and an unexpected, but surprisingly welcome maturation of his character and relationships. The performance is typically excellent, but is worth mentioning due to the impressive variety of distinct characters.

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These are a must

These are wonderful, a combination of candy and good for you. I still love anything that generates an interest in history.

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Sharpe gets Hurt

Yes he is human. Well we sort of knew that but he stumbles on who is who and what is what just after the reader has. To add to all this, he gets wounded so bad that he almost dies. Now that is a story in itself. Harper makes him a new sword which is real good and Sharpe falls for a real stunner. I don't like her voice, but I imagined in my own reading her to have a more classical English accent. She is multi-lingual and has many other skills besides being rich. Enough about her, as this relationship does not end perfectly for Sharpe who I might add is a married man! He should know better, but he being a swashbuckling hero guts to unshed his sword at a drop of a skirt. Well at least he is fiction. He gets to hunt down the bad guy, win the battle and save the world from disaster all in what seems a week but to be fare it is a Summer holiday for Sharpe.

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Funniest of all the Sharpe Books

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Sharpe lies about whom he's sleeping with by calling her Dolores, and then proceeding to make up ridiculous details about her is by far the funniest scene in all 15 of the Sharpe books I've read. And Davidson just adds to the glee. I won't spoil all the details, but when Harper tells Hogan that she has no legs later in the book, I just burst out laughing in my office.

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Sharpe meets a disarming enemy that wants him dead

Would you listen to Sharpe's Sword again? Why?

Great story alot of action and later yes I would listen to it again

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

We have liked all his books and Jack Aubrey would be somewhat similar

Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mr Davidson is one of the most splendid English readers you could listen too. Like him alot

Who was the most memorable character of Sharpe's Sword and why?

Helena was most memorable as an ally and an enemy

Any additional comments?

Look forward to his next adventure