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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,848 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: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455172047
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The greatest threat to Wellington’s Salamanca Campaign is not Napoleon’s Army but France’s deadliest assassin. He’s already failed to kill Captain Richard Sharpe once. Now he’s getting a second chance.

Colonel Leroux is killing Britain’s most valuable spies, and it’s up to Richard Sharpe to stop him. Thrust into the unfamiliar world of political and military intrigue, Sharpe must tangle with La Marquesa, a beguiling, extraordinarily beautiful woman whose embrace is as calculating as it is passionate. As she leads him through a maze of secrecy, cunning, and deception, Sharpe relentlessly pursues Leroux, determined to exact his revenge with the cold steel of his sword.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Consistently exciting...these are wonderful novels”

    Stephen King, praise for the series

  • “Frederick Davidson’s performance will provide a large audience for this outstanding work. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Exciting, richly plotted...The sweeping battle scenes are especially vivid. All the charachters are believable and interesting, especially the rough-hewn Sharpe.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There is never a dull moment. The book is guaranteed to rivet all but the squeamish”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R. August | 2/16/2014

    " It took over a year to read this one - started it in August 2010. I finally got fed up with the cookie-cutter plot of Sharpe finding "the most beautiful woman in the world," bedding her, then moving on to the next book only to find another "most beautiful woman in the world." The biggest redeemer of this book was when Sharpe caught the French soldier's eye and they both shrugged at each other over the absurdity of war as they marched past each other at the battle of Salamanca. Will finish the series, but at a year a book it might take some time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/16/2014

    " Sharpe is married and has his first affair ,fast paced as the other novels "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcus | 2/11/2014

    " This late in the series, books about Richard Sharpe hold very few suprises. In fact, it is very hard for me to say anything else about 'Sharpe's Sword' but that its plot is once again formulaic, repetitive and perdictable. However, strange as it may seem, these rather negative qualities don't mean that it's a boring or bad book. Bernard Cornwell's writing style keeps this book alive and if you're looking for a fun, quick read, it may just hit the spot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marko | 2/8/2014

    " Honestly one of the better Sharpe novels that I've read thus far. Not too much dwelling in the evil "enemy of the day" and some of the visiting characters are actually well-crafted. Also the friendship between Sharpe and Harper is developing nicely and reaches a sort of a peak in this story when Sharpe is "in trouble". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Good | 1/31/2014

    " A typical Sharpe novel. Fun read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/28/2014

    " 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 Andrew Foiles | 12/31/2013

    " My first intro to the Sharpe series. Loved it. He is such a badass! The author really does his homework and is so historically accurate for a fictional character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric NYOB | 12/23/2013

    " Lame. Mediocre writing, dull plotting, false characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 11/28/2013

    " 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 Sho | 11/12/2013

    " Sharpe gets a new sword. And has to use it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tenya Ingalls | 11/9/2013

    " This is my favorite of all the Sharpe books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simone Smith | 11/3/2013

    " 'Twas amusing, which was all I asked for! Love reading about kickass people and their kickass lives and arch rivals, etc... Lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 10/14/2013

    " Fairly typical of the series, good but not one of the very best in the series. If you like the series you would certainly not want to skip this book. If you are not entranced by the series this is one to skip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 7/17/2013

    " Just another great chapter in a day of the life of a hero "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Hancock | 10/25/2012

    " What can I say. It's Charpe and I like the stories. "

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

    " another great sharpe book, this one was a little different and had a twist that i didnt quite figure it out which was nice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 7/21/2012

    " Excellent!! Sharpe tangles with French spies as the British and their allies battle the French Army in and around Salamanca in western Spain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Ryan | 6/16/2012

    " I think this may be the best of the Sharpe series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodie | 8/26/2011

    " All the Sharpe books by Cornwell are wonderful, but this is my very favorite of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 8/13/2011

    " Shame on Sharpe; he cheats on his wife. Not a good idea when she's probably killed as many of the French as he has. We'll have to wait and see if he fesses up in a future book. At least he regretted it in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jansen Wee | 3/2/2011

    " Another excellent Sharpe read. Incorporates espionage and battle, (and individual combat) with Sharpe in the middle of it all! He's simply a magnet for danger and excitement. And of course, the women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/20/2011

    " Excellent!! Sharpe tangles with French spies as the British and their allies battle the French Army in and around Salamanca in western Spain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/4/2011

    " After watching the BBC Sharpe's series staring Sean Bean (in tight pants!) I decided to try the books. Mr Cornwell has done an excellent job with research. The Sharpe character of the television series is definitely a sanitized version of the book character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/30/2010

    " Better than others in the mid part of this series. Not quite as formulaic or predictable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 9/19/2010

    " The end bit with the two swords was a bit corny. There was a relationship twist that I didn't see coming; one that could have been, nonetheless, better developed. Or, maybe the author plans to do that in a future book? "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/17/2010

    " another great sharpe book, this one was a little different and had a twist that i didnt quite figure it out which was nice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. | 12/9/2009

    " Just another great chapter in a day of the life of a hero "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 10/16/2009

    " My first intro to the Sharpe series. Loved it. He is such a badass! The author really does his homework and is so historically accurate for a fictional character. "

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

    " Another good one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 8/11/2009

    " Fairly typical of the series, good but not one of the very best in the series. If you like the series you would certainly not want to skip this book. "

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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.