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Sharpe's Devil [Paperback]

Bernard Cornwell
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2 Jan 2001

Taking Richard Sharpe to St Helena and Chile, this is an adventure story in the classic tradition.

Five years after the Battle of Waterloo, Sharpe’s peaceful retirement in Normandy is shattered. An old friend, Don Blas Vivar, is missing in Chile, reported dead at rebel hands – a report his wife refuses to believe. She appeals to Sharpe to find out the truth.

So it is that reluctant Sharpe, along with Patrick Harper, find themselves bound for Chile via St. Helena, where they have a fateful meeting with the fallen Emperor Napoleon. Convinced that they are on their way to collect a corpse, neither man can imagine that dangers that await them in Chile…

Soldier, hero, rogue – Sharpe is the man you always want on your side. Born in poverty, he joined the army to escape jail and climbed the ranks by sheer brutal courage. He knows no other family than the regiment of the 95th Rifles whose green jacket he proudly wears.



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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (2 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006472540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006472544
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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‘Cornwell at his inventive best’
Oxford Times

‘Brilliant and breathtaking’
Daily Express

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Five years after the Battle of Waterloo, Sharpe’s peaceful retirement in Normandy is shattered by a plea for help. An old friend, Don Blas Vivar, is missing in Chile, reported dead at rebel hands – a report his wife refuses to believe. She appeals to Sharpe to find out the truth.

So it is that the reluctant Sharpe and his constant companion in adventure, Patrick Harper, find themselves bound for Chile via St Helena, where they have a fateful meeting with the fallen Emperor Napoleon.

Sharpe and Harper are convinced that they are on their way to collect a corpse; neither can imagine the dangers that await them in Chile.


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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding Post-Napoleonic Sharpe Adventure! 28 Feb 2005
By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Six years after the end of the Napoleonic wars, ex-Rifleman Richard Sharpe toils on his French wife's farm in Normandy. Times are a little tough, so when the fabulously wealthy wife of a former Spanish comrade asks him to travel to Chile to find her missing husband, he can't refuse the gold that comes with the request. Naturally, Sharpe rounds up the now-rotund and prosperous tavern-keeper Patrick Harper before setting sail for South America. Their vessel is a Spanish one, ferrying a number of patronizing and foppish Spanish officers who are off to fight the Chilean rebels (who are led by the intriguing half-Spanish, half-Irish gentleman Bernardo O'Higgins). These Spaniards decide to take a minor detour to St. Helena to gawk at the imprisoned Napoleon, and of course Sharpe and Harper can't resist the chance to pay their own respects. The ex-emperor is by now rotting away in his dank mansion, with peeling wallpaper, a poor wine-cellar, and a large British garrison to keep him company. Treated like a curiosity in a zoo, he is disdainful of the Spaniards, but is intrigued by Sharpe and Harper, who are clearly fellow warriors. Cornwell has a lot of fun with this section, as the two old soldiers talk shop, honor each other, and Sharpe, with his customary naivite is unwittingly drawn into intrigue.
Eventually, the ship arrives in Chile, where Sharpe is told the man he is seeking, Captain-General Vivar, is actually dead. Of course, Sharpe is suspicious when a body can't be produced, and soon he and Harper have run afoul of the thoroughly evil Spanish Governor-General Bautista. Events entertainingly run their course, and soon the dynamic duo find themselves on the side of the rebels seeking to eject the Spaniards from Chile.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Interesting solution to keeping Sharpe alive after most of his protagonists have been killed and/or defeated by the time of Waterloo. Even though the Napoleonic wars are over, Cornwell finds a way for Napoleon to influence Sharpe's life, to detach Patrick from his idyllic life and to set the two on another quest. Although this book may not have quite the same capacity to involve the reader in the art of warfare as it happened so long ago, Cornwell produces a credible adventure that keeps the reader's attention throughout... but where can he go now?
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Sharpe-tastic 6 Feb 2001
Format:Paperback
Sharpe's Devil is a cracking good read. After the relatively (and only relatively) disappointing Waterloo this is a back to basics Sharpe, a real boys-own, gung-ho adventure. It's different from the Napoleonic novels, not quite as gritty, but it has a fast paced story line and a good plot.
There are some strong characters in this too. Sharpe is pretty much the same, as is Harper, apart from now being enormously fat. Napoleon seems to hang over the book like a shadow and I couldn't believe that Admiral Cochrane existed, but according to the historical note he did, and in reality his larger than life persona was even more so.
Cornwell has got it right yet again, a blend of action and adventure in a highly credible historical setting.
Since he did not write all the novels in chronological order I have often wondered how he avoided anachronisms and in this I think I have found one. Sharpe is engaged in what is described as his first sea battle off the Chilean coast. However, as Cornwell has since penned Trafalgar which is set some fifteen years before - I suspect (though I haven't read it yet) Sharpe had some hand in this most famous battle at sea - an error possibly. Similarly Sharpe is amazed that Cochrane met Nelson, I just bet Sharpe has met him too!
Minor criticisms of an excellent book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 Jun 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a hugh Sharpe fan (both TV and Book) I thought no more Sharpe after Waterloo - wrong. This book is great. Sharpe on both land and sea. Sharpe is for the reader who likes heroes getting in the thick of the action. Has some reference back to previous books but still great for a first time Sharpe reader. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good, fast and enjoying read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WEAK END TO SERIES 15 Aug 2013
By D. Cole
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read all of BC's books this was the last one I had to read and also the last in the Sharpe series. It was ok, but easily the weakest in the whole Sharpe series and also all of BC's books, not quite the struggle that Stonehenge was though. Sharpe and Harper should have just marched off at the end of Waterloo and be done; a book too far!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good idea? Well actually..... yes! 22 Oct 2008
By chuckles VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
To be honest, although I was interested in what Sharpe would get up to after Waterloo, you think to yourself, dont bother, it ended at his greatest battle so let the man retire in peace. Somehow, Cornwell manages to get Sharpe and (fat-boy) Harper out of retirement for one last heroic effort. With Cochrane, a lovable scoundrel, the return of Blas Vivar, a nasty new bad-guy and the usual action Cornwell manages to get one more adventure out of the old soldiers. Turns out I was wrong to be sceptical about another book, and to be honest I am very happy he wrote this. Sad thing is, this is the last in the truely excellent series.....
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.... 7 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It wasn't until I happened across the the Sharpe series on TV that I realised these books even existed, I collected the video's and am in the process of reading the books, which I can now say are well recommended. Although for me, Sean Bean will always be Major Sharpe in my imagination as I read the books (even such as this one, which hasn't yet been made into a TV drama) - I only think this enhances the experience of reading the books, for they are extremely well written, and on TV, the characters are extremely well portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Mr R H Jarman
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
These books are well worth a read,I've now read every one of them and would recommend them. If you like history these books are a must read, Bernard Cornwell has managed to mix his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DaveM
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Devil
I am a devoted fan of the tv series and actually watch it every time it is on no matter how many times I have seen it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great lesson on Napoleon
As ever Richard Sharpe keeps his mind on the job and wins through even being baffled by the greatest Houdini of them all Napoleon. Very enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by ebooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story and learnt some new history
Taught me about the evolution of Chile and other S American countries and their need for a champion - what an amazing story and so well told. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TINA
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
A very good story from beginning to end with a few twists along the way not the best but very close
Published 4 months ago by stevereads
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb history lesson !
An excellent adventure,it is a shame if this is the final story to feature Sharp.A well thought out plot,that keeps close to the historical facts.
Published 5 months ago by Yogi
5.0 out of 5 stars A new continent for Sharpe.
This was an excellent read, and good to be away from the usual European region for Sharpe's books.
Also interesting in that the battle scenes were totally different.
Published 5 months ago by james webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in every way
My husband enjoyed this book. The seller was so helpful and did his best to try for another SHARPE'S book for me . Very satisfied with both book and seller. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mrs d maurice
5.0 out of 5 stars great end to the seris
Great again and a fitting last adventure for sharpe also really interesting to learn about the rebel admiral cohracane is well worth the read.
Published 6 months ago by scott dawson
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