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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,152 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: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455172542
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Trapped with his back to the sea, Major Richard Sharpe and a handful of men must stand against a battalion of French troops.

Winter, 1814 – The invasion of France is under way, and the British Navy has called upon the services of Major Richard Sharpe. Sharpe’s mission seemed simple: capture a small unguarded French coastal fort, cripple Napoleon’s supply lines, and retreat across the sea. But behind the lines, Sharpe’s old enemy, Pierre Ducos, awaits Sharpe’s arrival with a battalion of French soldiers and a vicious commanding general who keeps the scalps of his dead enemies as trophies.

Outmaneuvered by Ducos’ treachery and abandoned by his own navy, Sharpe has only two choices: to escape with the aid of the charming, unscrupulous American mercenary, Cornelius Killick, or die.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The novel’s true strength—beyond the tense drama of the combat scenes—lies in its skillful evocation of that era, the little touches of description and history that bring a way of life alive.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[Has] the same combination of thorough research and narrative drive that distinguished its predecessors. It is a gripping read.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Lots of derring-do. Sharpe is never dull.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 2/1/2014

    " Having read and loved Cornwell's Grail Quest trilogy, I decided to take a dip into his Sharpe series. I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to the vast catalog that now lies before me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelei | 1/31/2014

    " One of my favourite Sharpe books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid Hansen | 1/25/2014

    " 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 Stacy Bender | 1/23/2014

    " 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 Oleg Bogatyrevich | 1/10/2014

    " Sharpe leads a diversionary force into France together with a group of riflemen and marines. As they are abandoned in France by the Royal Navy we get a glimpse into defensive fighting tactics of the time, portrayed by Sharpe and offensive tactics by general Calve. Definitely a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 1/7/2014

    " Went through it again, this time with the audiobook version. Another of the best in this 22 book series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! Sharpe is a great main character and I intend to read more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 1/1/2014

    " More classic Sharpe!! If you have read previous Sharpe's this is a great on in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat Bond | 12/19/2013

    " This is #18 in the Richard Sharpe series. In my opinion it is the best (albeit the bloodiest) yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 12/18/2013

    " Another fun quick read. The ending was not really a "twist" but different enough to be pleasant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Gutschenritter | 12/13/2013

    " My favorite so far. Loved his personal conflict as he continues to come into his command. "

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

    " This book was o.k, was slow at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 11/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse VanDeWalker | 10/30/2013

    " Just good stuff all around. Great action and emotionally moving moments in this volume of Sharpe's adventures! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/16/2013

    " Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 6/24/2013

    " Sharpe fights a desperate battle and looses a good friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel Roman | 2/22/2013

    " A little slow, I enjoyed the Americans in it. Far different from the movie, which I enjoyed ver much, I think the book is actually closer to the mentalit of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Parks | 12/20/2012

    " Great read. Sharpe's first close encounter with the Royal Navy didn't go nearly as well as it should have. He should have worked with Capt. H. Hornblower... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edoardo Albert | 10/12/2012

    " It might be formulaic but Cornwell is a master of the historical warfare genre, particularly in its Napoleonic variation. The reader gets what he pays for: an exciting, page turning novel, where the end is never in doubt, but the way there is never clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sho | 6/29/2012

    " Featuring one of the absolutely best minor characters in the Sharpe series - in fact if Cornwell ever wants to expand on him, I will be first in the queue to buy it: Sweet William. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 3/13/2012

    " 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 Matthew Shoe | 1/28/2012

    " This book was a mix of the usual Richard Sharpe action: part intrigue, part battle. I felt this book was lighter somehow, fewer pages with less historic detail. Overall, a fast and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 11/21/2011

    " Another week, another Sharpe! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sho | 6/11/2011

    " Featuring one of the absolutely best minor characters in the Sharpe series - in fact if Cornwell ever wants to expand on him, I will be first in the queue to buy it: Sweet William. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 6/8/2011

    " My favorite so far. Loved his personal conflict as he continues to come into his command. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/18/2011

    " As usual, the action is raw and ferocious. Sharpe tangles with a pompous British Naval officer, French spies, an American privateer, and the French Army in order to open the way into France for Wellington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 10/12/2009

    " Great read. Sharpe's first close encounter with the Royal Navy didn't go nearly as well as it should have. He should have worked with Capt. H. Hornblower... "

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

    " A little slow, I enjoyed the Americans in it. Far different from the movie, which I enjoyed ver much, I think the book is actually closer to the mentalit of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/8/2008

    " Richard Sharpe and the Winter Campaign, 1814 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 3/9/2008

    " Having read and loved Cornwell's Grail Quest trilogy, I decided to take a dip into his Sharpe series. I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to the vast catalog that now lies before me. "

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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.