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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,875 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Richard Sharpe Adventures Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455175796
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An honored veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sharpe has become a peaceful farmer following Waterloo. But he comes out of retirement to undertake a perilous mission to find his old friend Don Blas Vivar, Captain-General of the Spanish colony of Chile, who vanished without a trace half a world away.

With intrepid Irishman Patrick Harper at his side, Sharpe journeys to Chile, a land seething with corruption and revolt. But when fortune delivers him into the hands of Lord Cochrane, the legendary rebel genius, the real battle erupts. On land and at sea, Sharpe faces impossible odds in a time when tyranny rules, injustice abounds, and Napoleon lurks on the horizon, itching to rekindle the world in a blaze of war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a plot up to its neck in blood and guts, this is adventure naked and unashamed.”

    Mail on Sunday (London)

  • “A series of breathtaking adventures on land and sea that ends with a smashing, against-the-odds rebel victory…Readers will be dazzled by the rollicking plot, period color and the atavistic thrill of terrific battle scenes right out of a Turner painting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A rousing read, full of invincible characters, deafening broadsides, roaring cannons, and smoking pistols.”

    Booklist

  • “The adventure is high and the battle scenes gripping, graphic, and true…Satisfying listening for those who relish derring-do.” 

    Kliatt

  • “Cornwell, one of the great naval writers of this era, finds a way to get his intrepid army hero to sea for much of the story—without in the least compromising the high standards of this first-rate series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid Hansen | 2/8/2014

    " Fantastic read, Sharpe is sooo cool and I just love the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Farnell | 2/7/2014

    " There's no way I would've read something like this normally. Never quite got the ITV historical drama with Sean Bean, but my father-in-law recommended it and being a fan of the Flashman books (which does the same 'putting a fictional character into real events' kinda thing) I was willing to give it a go. And I have to say it's blooming marvellous. A rip-roaring read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Brindle | 1/16/2014

    " The last Sharpe novel, chronologically, and for me, the most disappointing. The story wasn't as engaging as the earlier stories, and it seems that Bernard Cornwell was just going through the motions with this one. Undoubtedly he is capable of writing much better, and I'm glad that the rest of the Sharpe books were such a pleasure to read. If you've read the previous 20 Sharpe books, then of course you'll read this one as well, and while it's far from being bad, it won't hit you between the eyes like some of the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esraasamir | 1/14/2014

    " full of adventures ,i like it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 1/5/2014

    " The final Richard Sharpe book, set in 1820 Chile, begins with a meeting with Napolean in his final exile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Bender | 1/5/2014

    " Bernard Cornwell brings a good story & History together wonderfully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ria | 11/13/2013

    " A brilliant book telling of life in the navy and life in general as an adventurer during the Napoleonic era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nan Hawthorne | 10/15/2013

    " I just love Thomas Cochrane. how sad to have read all the Sharpe books now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Gutschenritter | 9/4/2013

    " Now that I have read all of the books in the series I am sadly wanting for more. The series ended too soon and I want the series to continue. Great books and this lives up to my expectations. This series is a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn C. | 9/2/2013

    " After the Napoleonic wars, the British had a ready-made force that they used to influence world events anywhere they could reach with their navy. One such place was South America, and they did their best to thwart Spanish influence in the 'new world'... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 8/23/2013

    " great author who interweaves history into a story that is easily followed and hard to put down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/1/2012

    " The 20th or 21st in the series... a good book but I'm glad I'm through! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 7/27/2012

    " A nice close to the Sharpe series for those who are wondering how the heck such a soldier could possibly settle down after Waterloo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 5/22/2012

    " The Richard Sharpe series is a magnificent work of historical fiction. Bernard Cornwell has written an amazing series following Sharpe from a private in India to a Lt. Colonel at Waterloo and then a civilian farmer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott F | 12/14/2011

    " enjoyed it immensely. Sharpe in South America!! Napoleon rising!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oleg Bogatyrevich | 11/6/2011

    " Napoleon is exiled to St Helena and the war in Europe is over. That does not mean that the world is at peace and Richard Sharpe is off to Chile to find a friend lost in a Chilean war for independence from Spain. The last book in the series and it is time to say good bye to Sharpe. Makes me sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 10/19/2011

    " As usual, Cornwell brings history alive, this time in Chile. Sharpe's Devil is the story of Chilean Admiral Thomas Cochrane's campaign to drive the Spanish out of Chile during its revolution, with Sharpe and Harper's help of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 6/26/2011

    " As usual, Cornwell brings history alive, this time in Chile. Sharpe's Devil is the story of Chilean Admiral Thomas Cochrane's campaign to drive the Spanish out of Chile during its revolution, with Sharpe and Harper's help of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sho | 3/26/2011

    " That's it, after this there are no more. (unless Cornwell takes pity on us and sharpens his pencil - see what I did there?)

    Not one of the better stories, although it's nice to get a bit of Sharpe after the whole Peninsular War thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 8/30/2010

    " Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 6/27/2010

    " Very good, slow to start though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esraasamir | 3/8/2010

    " full of adventures ,i like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. | 2/1/2010

    " The 20th or 21st in the series... a good book but I'm glad I'm through! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 10/19/2009

    " The final book in the series and one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nan | 10/9/2009

    " I just love Thomas Cochrane. how sad to have read all the Sharpe books now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 1/2/2009

    " Bernard Cornwell uses his usual blend of wit, excitement and immaculate historical detail to produce a fantastic and entertaining read.

    Anyone who likes well-researched, well-written historical fiction MUST read Cornwell! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ria | 3/1/2008

    " A brilliant book telling of life in the navy and life in general as an adventurer during the Napoleonic era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 8/10/2007

    " After the Napoleonic wars, the British had a ready-made force that they used to influence world events anywhere they could reach with their navy. One such place was South America, and they did their best to thwart Spanish influence in the 'new world'... "

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About the Author
Author Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.