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Author: Bernard Cornwell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Richard Sharpe Adventures Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781481557771
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Wellington must call on the only man brave and ruthless enough to win at any cost—Richard Sharpe.

Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington’s Peninsular army—vastly outnumbered, its coffers empty—is on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government has fallen, and the last Spanish armies have been crushed by the French. But Wellington has one hope left: in the dangerous Portuguese hills lies a fortune in gold, enough gold perhaps to turn the Peninsular War around. And he knows of one fighting man capable of stealing it: Captain Richard Sharpe of the South Essex Regiment. Sharpe embarks on a secret mission that pits him against the French army; El Católico, the fanatical Spanish guerrilla leader; and El Católico’s lover, the beautiful but deadly Teresa.

This fifth novel in the bestselling historical fiction series takes the charismatic Richard Sharpe all the way from Talavera to the glory of Waterloo, on a mission that is unlike any form of warfare he has known in his long and embattled career as a soldier fighting his way up through the ranks. But Sharpe is determined to succeed—even if it means turning against his own side.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/19/2014

    " Enjoyable, quick, fun read. I was disappointed that the book (or the edition I read) didn't have a historical explanation/disclaimer at the end. (I've enjoyed learning what liberties the author took in prior books.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 2/18/2014

    " Another good Sharpe story. Hard to keep writing the same things over and over again about them. Yes, the same general themes tend to happen over all the books, they are war stories after all, but the slight variations in each always make it worth your time to read all of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 2/18/2014

    " 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 Sara | 2/16/2014

    " Richard Sharpe and the Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drury | 2/14/2014

    " I just finished this one; I believe his 9th of the series. I like the books although they are following a 'set' outline. Sharpe has irritated someone high up, finds a girl he can't keep, blows something up and yet keeps his crack rifles from being slaughtered, and gets a small amount of praise or hope for a better life. I do like that Mr. Cornwell adds in a little real history about the events he wrote about. And I do like the characters. Many of his women are strong characters. "

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

    " Excellent. Cornwell never tells a bad story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 1/19/2014

    " I'm amazed at how this Series keeps getting better. There was a lull between the first novels which were incredible and the last few that I've read, but this one tops all previous stories. The tension was amazing and we really get to see Sharpe shine. "

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

    " A hard fight and a harder decision for Sharpe in this entry. Fun stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/11/2014

    " How do you take a half ton of gold back to your army's general? Through known enemies, through supposed allies, over awful terrain and by flattening a town. Sharpe prevails and moves on to the next book in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/29/2013

    " Brain Candy! Fun story. I enjoy revisiting the Captain Sharpe, the erstwhile sergeant of the British infantry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 11/18/2013

    " Another good book in the Sharp series. Maybe this time he's found a woman who won't marry someone else or be killed. We'll have to wait and see if she survives the war and he comes back to get her. He just might end up retiring in Spain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jansen | 11/1/2013

    " Haha. Cornwell did well to incorporate a "deniable ops" storyline starring Richard Sharpe into the "spaces" in between actual historical events. And still make it replete with excitement, adventure, and or course, his way with women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 7/25/2013

    " No. 9 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]In August of 1810, the British Army is bottled up in southern Portugal near Lisbon. Spain, except for C "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 7/4/2013

    " What can I say? I was in Maine and Jock handed this to me after I remarked on his large collection of Bernard Cornwell books. I should have known better, but there was no TV and Nin was using the Kindle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillipa | 6/13/2013

    " 3.75 stars. I enjoyed the action, historical background and fast pace but the violence- the sadistic torture- is hard to swallow, even though it's a meant to be a realistic portrayal of war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/28/2013

    " I have been enjoing reading these for awhile. Richard Sharpe always seems to be in the right place with a plan. He will never be respected for his acomplishments, but instead feared for them. He is always there to do the dirty work. A solider's solider. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 10/21/2012

    " Sharpe is on a mission to steal gold from Spanish partisans and in the process gets yet an another woman ,i wonder if Bernard Cornwell will let him keep his pants up for at least one novel ,not like i care anyways :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sho | 10/20/2012

    " It's a race. I am one whole book ahead of my Other Half and he has more opportunity to read than I do at the moment. Yikes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 9/23/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 7/18/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 6/2/2011

    " Sharpe is on a mission to steal gold from Spanish partisans and in the process gets yet an another woman ,i wonder if Bernard Cornwell will let him keep his pants up for at least one novel ,not like i care anyways :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gargamelscat | 1/29/2011

    " A bit scrappy though a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/10/2010

    " I can't pick a "favorite" in the Sharpes series, but this one was close to the top. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/6/2010

    " Brain Candy! Fun story. I enjoy revisiting the Captain Sharpe, the erstwhile sergeant of the British infantry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/25/2009

    " Enjoyable, quick, fun read. I was disappointed that the book (or the edition I read) didn't have a historical explanation/disclaimer at the end. (I've enjoyed learning what liberties the author took in prior books.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 9/22/2009

    " I'm amazed at how this Series keeps getting better. There was a lull between the first novels which were incredible and the last few that I've read, but this one tops all previous stories. The tension was amazing and we really get to see Sharpe shine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 6/2/2009

    " What can I say? I was in Maine and Jock handed this to me after I remarked on his large collection of Bernard Cornwell books. I should have known better, but there was no TV and Nin was using the Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 3/20/2009

    " Another entertaining Sharpe book -- nothing too memorable but great for long plane rides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/7/2008

    " I've seen a few of the episodes of the miniseries and thought the books would be good. I was right I enjoyed this book. The author researches actual battles and events and then adds a fictional character, Richard Sharpe, to the story. "

About the Author

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 and many more, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom.

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.