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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Paul McGann Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Richard Sharpe Adventures Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9780061240096
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The year is 1811 and the French appear to have won their war in Portugal and Spain, Spain having fallen to the invader except for the sea-wrapped city of Cadiz. Captain Richard Sharpe has no business being in Cadiz, but an attack on a French held bridge goes disastrously wrong, and Sharpe finds himself in a city under French siege and political rivalry. Some Spaniards believe their country’s future would be best served by forging a friendship with Napoleon’s France, and their cause is helped when some letters, written to a whore by the British ambassador, fall into their possession. They resort to blackmail, and Sharpe is released into the alleys of Cadiz to find the whore and retrieve the letters.

Yet defeating the blackmailers will not save the city. That is up to charismatic Scotsman Sir Thomas Graham, who takes a small British army to attack the French siege lines. That attack, too, goes horribly wrong, Sir Thomas’ outnumbered army is trapped, and Richard Sharpe finds himself embroiled in one of the most desperate infantry struggles ever fought. In a bloody and stirring battle, Sharpe and the English get their revenge and their victory—but at a terrible cost.

A triumph of both historical and battle fiction, Sharpe’s Fury will sweep both old and new Sharpe fans into their hero’s incredible adventures.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again, Cornwell is right on target, providing an irresistible combination of rousing military history, penetrating character analysis, and suspenseful martial intrigue…Stirring British military history at its finest.”

    Booklist

  • “There is a lot of action here…Recommended for anybody who likes slam-bang historical fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • “Cornwell has this stuff down cold…Great fun.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Bender | 1/28/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/27/2014

    " I love Sharpe's books, however, this one is not his best adventures. There seems to be a bit too much going on and the writing is oddly repetitive. Ah well. I did enjoy reading about Ensign Keogh, Sergeant Masterson and the Irishmen of the 87th. Faugh a ballagh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/22/2014

    " This is my least favorite Sharpe book, although it has my very favorite sentence. Go figure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/22/2014

    " I like the history. The scope of Sharpe's adventure is quite small when compared to Waterloo, but fun nonetheless. It seems that half, or perhaps more than half, the book is dedicated to fleshing out real historical characters in areas where Sharpe is not a consideration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 1/17/2014

    " I think what I enjoy most about the Sharpe series is that Sharpe is a real bastard but with his own practical yet romantic sort of moral code. I really enjoy the vivid and detailed battle descriptions. Still Sharpe's Trafalgar has been my favorite...this one runs a close second. I keep expecting to get bored with this series but Cornwell continues to surprise me and keep me coming back for more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 1/4/2014

    " Not quite as furious as the title makes out, but it does introduce General Graham to the reader. A solid entry in the series, but definitely not my favorite one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 12/27/2013

    " Not nearly as good as the original Sharpe books. Too much battles without Sharpe or any of his fury. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/23/2013

    " I thought this one was a little forced. Sharpe seemed more of a witness rather than the driving force. That said, I did stay up late reading to finish when I should have been in bed, so it still kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Rigoulot | 12/20/2013

    " Love the descriptions! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 12/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Thomas | 10/26/2013

    " I am a huge fan of the Sharpe books, and this one didn't disappoint. The usual rip-roaring adventure, based on real events in the Peninsular War, this time in Cadiz. Sharpe gets shot in the head but still gets sent on a special mission, and saves the day. A real page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 7/16/2013

    " Bernard Cornwell's formula is wearing a bit thin if, like me, you'as one of the infills where he's gone back and written new novels in the gaps in Richard Sharpe's story that he'd previously left. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reverenddave | 3/28/2013

    " Sharpe's books are never bad but this wasnt a stand out of the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rupert Matthews | 1/10/2013

    " Another enjoyable Sharpe novel. If you know the Sharpe books, you will know what to expect. The basic plot was a bit forced, but once we got past the tedious explanation of what he is doing in Cadiz this is a pretty good novel, and the action scenes are as ever very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Darrow | 4/19/2012

    " Another good Sharpe book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/28/2012

    " Sharpe #11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Andrews | 9/5/2011

    " Not the best Sharpe novel, but most Sharpe books are 5 out of 5 stars and the series as a whole is also 5 out of 5 stars! If you want a book that will intrigue you in the first half, grip you in the second and explode at the end, you want Bernard Cornwell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 7/15/2011

    " This book felt like filler in the Series. I kept waiting for Sharpe's fury... and was left feeling like just another day at the office... when the office is the 19th Century European wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/28/2011

    " No historical epitaph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 9/12/2010

    " Fun story with several subplots. Likable hero. Learned a lot about English-French-Spanish military history. "

  • 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 Mike | 2/5/2010

    " I like the history. The scope of Sharpe's adventure is quite small when compared to Waterloo, but fun nonetheless. It seems that half, or perhaps more than half, the book is dedicated to fleshing out real historical characters in areas where Sharpe is not a consideration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 11/9/2009

    " This book felt like filler in the Series. I kept waiting for Sharpe's fury... and was left feeling like just another day at the office... when the office is the 19th Century European wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 10/4/2009

    " Not bad, but not as god as others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/18/2009

    " Always enjoy reading these. Richard Sharpe has to be one of the best heroes ever created. "

  • 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 10/16/2008

    " Richard Sharpe is perfect therapy for when I hit a wall on another read. I can pick up a Sharpe story and knock it out in just a few sittings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 8/30/2008

    " Not the best Sharpe novel, but most Sharpe books are 5 out of 5 stars and the series as a whole is also 5 out of 5 stars! If you want a book that will intrigue you in the first half, grip you in the second and explode at the end, you want Bernard Cornwell! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 6/30/2008

    "
    Not nearly as good as the original Sharpe books. Too much battles without Sharpe or any of his fury. "

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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

Paul McGann established his reputation as an actor in The Monocled Mutineer to both popular and critical acclaim. He has starred in Doctor Who, The One Who Got Away, The Hanging Gale, and Our Mutual Friend. His major film roles include Withnail and I, as well as Fairy Tale: A True Story, The Three Musketeers, The Rainbow, and Downtime. On stage he has appeared in Sabrina, A Life of the Mind, The Seagull, and the title role in Cain.