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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Patrick Tull Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN:
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It is 1810, and in Napoleon's determination to conquer Portugal, and push the British back to the sea, he sends his largest army yet across the Spanish frontier. But between the Portuguese border and Napoleon's seemingly certain victory are two obstacles; a wasted land, stripped of food by Wellington's orders, and Captain Richard Sharpe.

But Sharpe is in trouble. The captain of the Light Company is threatened from inside and out: first by an incompetent British officer, who by virtue of family connections is temporarily given Sharpe's command. An even greater danger is posed by two corrupt Portuguese brothers, Major Ferreira, a high-ranking officer in the army of Portugal, and his brother, nicknamed Ferragus (after a legendary Portuguese giant), who prefer to rule by crude physical strength and pure intimidation. Together the brothers have developed a devious plot to ingratiate themselves with the French invaders who are threatening to become Portugal's new rulers.

Sharpe's interference in the first stage of their plan earns the undying enmity of the brothers. Ferragus vows revenge and plots a merciless trap that seems certain to kill Sharpe and his intimates. As the city of Coimbra is burned and pillaged, Sharpe and his companions plot a daring escape, ensuring that Ferragus will follow on toward Lisbon, into the jaws of a snare laid by Wellington that is meant to be a daring and ingenious last stand against the invaders. There, beneath the British guns, Sharpe is reunited with his shattered but grateful company, and meets his enemies in a thrilling and decisive fight.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Woo | 2/18/2014

    " Another one of the middle-of-the-pack kind of Sharpe stories. Good writing and story, just not blow-me-away exciting like some of the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 2/12/2014

    " Definitely one of the better Sharpe novels, and they're all pretty good. In this case, Sharpe takes on the French army in Portugal again (and also knocks off a few traitorous Portuguese as the same time), all the while contending with unappreciative or incompetent officers. Mr. Cornwell continues to display his mastery of the military events of the time, and show great respect for period detail. Good fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/6/2014

    " 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 Jeff Yoak | 1/9/2014

    " This book was a slow-starter, but once Sharpe is in the thick of things, and in the soup, it turns into one of the more gripping of the stories. I feel like the first half of the book is a three-star effort, but the second half is a five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Brindle | 1/8/2014

    " Quite early chronologically, but one of the later Sharpe's to be written, this is another very good addition to the series, with Sharpe facing losing his company to a lesser man, hounded by enemies, and for a time, stuck behind the lines. All of Bernard Cornwell's ingerdients are here for an excellent read, lots of fighting, big battles, bad guys, injustice, and of course, a beautiful woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Dawson | 1/1/2014

    " One of the best Sharpe novels so far (I'm reading them chronologically rather than in the order published), really capturing the spirit of the characters, the landscape, the historical setting, and the battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/24/2013

    " Sharpe has a way of making people want to kill him. Is this a talent or a curse. Lucky for us it doesn't matter because it makes for entertaining stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Ghylin | 12/11/2013

    " I haven't read a Richard Sharpe in awhile. There are so many books it is hard to choose. This one moved right along and really held my interest. He know who and what he is and isn't planning to change. He is a soldier's soldier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 11/29/2013

    " Cannot stop reading this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 11/24/2013

    " I believe this is the 22nd book in a series about this particular officer, which could explain why he is is as flat as a Boys' Own action comic strip character. Nevertheless, and entertaining yarn of battle and escape "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 11/19/2013

    " One of the new Sharpe's - I quite like them. Cornwall seems to deviate from his old formula a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 11/8/2013

    " Another of the Sharpe series without a historical epitaph, but still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 7/30/2013

    " Sharpe again gets caught behind enemy lines with only a small squad, The Girl and a Silly Officer for company. But of course he gets out of it. Standard. Rated M for violence, occasional coarse language. 3/5 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 6/16/2013

    " Typical Sharpe novel. In other words, solid writing, interesting history, action, a little romance and a lot of fun. Not the first book of Sharpe I would read, but well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Bender | 5/27/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duzzlebrarian | 5/2/2013

    " Sharpe's jealousy of Slingsby, who is favoured by his CO, comes across as slashy. I don't think that's exactly what the author had in mind, somehow! Otherwise, it's a good installment to an well-loved series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/22/2013

    " Best of the series so far in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/3/2013

    " The threads on women falling for soldiers who haven't bathed in months get old, but ignore those and you still have fun tales for airports, elliptical workouts, and evenings when you're too tired for Proust... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 1/5/2013

    " This one is rather longer than some other entries, which I like. It also has Vicente, one of my favorite non-British characters. Good, bloody fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/4/2013

    " This is my second reading of this story. While I may have overdosed on Sharpe in the past, I find the author's factual renderings incorporating the fictional Sharpe to be very entertaining and I learned something as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 7/17/2012

    " I liked this book in the series better than the last one (Sharpe's Gold). It was an exciting story (as always) and actually there were plenty of "escapes". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 5/16/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 2/24/2012

    " Another disappointment. Though Richard Sharpe shows an uncanny Bond-like ability to get out of any impossible situation Beranard Cornwell needs to find every more ways of putting him into these situations in places that he shouldn't be in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria Jackson | 8/31/2011

    " Quite difficult to get into, but an amazing military novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Whitelady3 | 6/19/2011

    " Patrick Tull does a good job, specially when concerning to portuguese words. Is the only narrator I've heard, until now, with a good portuguese. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Owen | 4/15/2011

    " I like this book. Another good military adventure for Richard Sharpe. His cleverness and approach to problems in the military is entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 12/28/2010

    " Quite difficult to get into, but an amazing military novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/4/2009

    " This book was a slow-starter, but once Sharpe is in the thick of things, and in the soup, it turns into one of the more gripping of the stories. I feel like the first half of the book is a three-star effort, but the second half is a five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duzzlebrarian | 8/3/2009

    " Sharpe's jealousy of Slingsby, who is favoured by his CO, comes across as slashy. I don't think that's exactly what the author had in mind, somehow! Otherwise, it's a good installment to an well-loved series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/8/2009

    " Typical Sharpe novel. In other words, solid writing, interesting history, action, a little romance and a lot of fun. Not the first book of Sharpe I would read, but well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 9/2/2007

    " I believe this is the 22nd book in a series about this particular officer, which could explain why he is is as flat as a Boys' Own action comic strip character. Nevertheless, and entertaining yarn of battle and escape "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 7/26/2007

    " Another one of the middle-of-the-pack kind of Sharpe stories. Good writing and story, just not blow-me-away exciting like some of the others. "

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