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Sharpe's Fury [Hardcover]

Bernard Cornwell
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28 Aug 2006

The long-awaited twenty-first novel in the number one bestselling series featuring Richard Sharpe.

In the winter of 1811 the war seemed lost. All Spain has fallen to the French, except for Cadiz which is now the Spanish capital and is under siege. Wellington and his British army are in Portugal, waiting for spring to spark the war to life again.
Richard Sharpe and his company are part of a small expeditionary force sent to break a bridge across the River Guadiana. What begins as a brilliant piece of soldiering turns into disaster, thanks to the brutal savagery of the French Colonel Vandal who is leading his battalion to join the siege of Cadiz. Sharpe extricates a handful of men from the debacle and is driven south into the threatened city.

There, in Cadiz, he discovers more than one enemy. Many Spaniards doubt Britain's motives and believe their future would be brighter if they made peace with the French, and one of them, a baleful priest, secures a powerful weapon to break the British alliance. He will use a beautiful whore and the letters she received from a wealthy man. The priest will use blackmail, and Sharpe must defeat him in a sinister war of knife and treachery in the dark alleys of the city.

Yet the alliance will only survive if the French siege can be lifted. An allied army marches from the city to take on the more powerful French and, once again, a brilliant piece of soldiering turns to disaster, this time because the Spanish refuse to fight. A small British force is trapped by a French army, and the only hope now lies with the outnumbered redcoats who, on a hill beside the sea, refuse to admit defeat. And there, in the sweltering horror of Barrosa, Sharpe finds Colonel Vandal again.

‘Sharpe's Fury’ is based on the real events of the winter of 1811 that led to the extraordinary victory of Barrosa, the battle which saw the British capture the first French eagle of the Napoleonic Wars.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (28 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000712015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120154
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Praise for Bernard Cornwell and the Sharpe series:

‘Cornwell describes military action brilliantly. He evokes all the sights and sounds and smells while managing to describe the fluctuations of the battle with enough vim to keep you in suspense…The Sharpe novels are wonderfully urgent and alive.' Daily Telegraph

‘Cornwell has maintained a marvellously high standard throughout the series…brilliantly lucid and compellingly exciting.' Evening Standard

‘Bernard Cornwell knows his man, knows how to harness his qualities to the services of good fiction, and does not miss a trick…Sharpe and his creator are national treasures.' Sunday Telegraph

‘The insubordinate, sarcastic and oversexed Richard Sharpe returns…Cornwell delivers the usual mix of strategy and strength – classic battle scenes and plenty of fisticuffs.' Daily Mirror

'Great action scenes, rich in period detail, are underpinned by a feeling for the passions that shaped the Britain we know today'. Sunday Telegraph, Seven Magazine

About the Author

Bernard Cornwell was born in Essex and now lives in Massachusetts with his wife. He is the number one bestselling historical novelist in the UK.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe sneaks into another battle 19 Jun 2007
This book slots in between Sharpe's Escape and Sharpe's Battle and describes the build-up to the Battle of Barossa. As usual the battle sequences are brilliantly told, and Sharpe and his elite Riflemen find themselves in the thick of the action. The middle section of the book is set in Cadiz, the last outpost of Spain, besieged by the French and unwillingly playing host to the British. Sharpe has to help extricate a British diplomat from a potentially diastrous scandal, which he naturally achieves in his own inimitable style. The diplomat is Wellington's younger brother and there is an excellent scene where he eloquently defends Sharpe against the accusations of a very pompous senior officer. He refers to Sharpe's action at Assaye, where he saved Arthur Wellesley's life, and later discusses his brother's character with Sharpe in a very friendly interview which immediately endears this character to the reader as well as to Sharpe, despite his indiscreet behaviour. As usual, Sharpe has a personal mission as well as one for the army, this time hunting the man who took his lieutenant prisoner in the action at the start of the novel.

This is another great addition to the Sharpe collection, which I really enjoyed reading, though I think Cornwell may now have run out of potential fill-in novels, as he seems to have covered all the major battles. Unless he writes about Rolica and Vimeiro - I think they are the only Peninsular battles left!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not entirely convincing 27 Sep 2006
This book reads like two stories glued together. The first half tells the tale of how Sharpe comes to be in the service of the brother of the Duke of Wellington, who is the British ambassador in Cadiz. Wellesley Junior needs to obtain some ill-judged love-letters that he has written to a very unsuitable woman. Sharpe and his men, who have arrived in Cadiz after a bruising mission to blow up a bridge, are enlisted to aid Wellesley buy back his letters. This story, of intrigue and murder amidst the old town of Cadiz, is very well told and excitingly paced. The opening bridge-blowing adventure is also highly entertaining. As with so many other Sharpe novels, the reader is left wondering whether British officers of the day really were that stupid and pig-headed.

However, the second story of the Battle of Barossa seems like it belongs in a different novel. Even Sharpe and his men realise that as they say on several occasions "we shouldn't be here". The plotting that gets Sharpe & co onto the battlefield is very contrived (Sharpe is brave and an outstanding soldier but usually does not willingly put himself in such danger if there is no good reason to do so) and most of the action concerns a new set of characters who have only had walk-on parts (at most) in the first half of the novel.

This is not to say that the account of the Battle of Barossa is anything other than exceptionally well told, but it just belongs somewhere else. Cornwell does at least bring to life the British senior officers whose fortunes we follow (until Sharpe turns up) and his description of battle is, as always, outstanding. Perhaps the author is seeking to contrast the earlier incompetences of Sharpe's initial mission with the stout-hearted professionalism shown in this battle.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true return to form! 9 July 2007
After reading Sharpe's Escape I was left with the strong impression that Cornwell had run out of battles to write about, but Fury proved me ecstatically wrong. For the most part the novel is in the same vein as Escape, Sharpe and his 5 riflemen out on their own fighting their own war. Entertaining but not why I got into Sharpe. The battle at the end though is a perfect example of Cornwell's finest talent, writing sprawling battles with a cast of thousands. I can now once again look forward to the next installment of Sharpe, in the hopes that he will march again. To war.

PS is it me or does nearly every chapter end with "And (noun) will/must (verb)"?!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to form! 25 Sep 2006
After the last Sharpe novel, I felt the author was suffering from slight by the numbers' writing but this is a return to form.

The usual ingredients are all there and it was nice to see some competent Senior Officers for a change. This is a blend of Sharpe's usual military skills with the street smarts he developed as a street urchin in London as he gets involved in skull-duggery in Cadiz.

I know that once again Sharpe gets squeezed into a conflict he should have been no-where near, but I think we can forgive this, as this is a good story and well told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant 6 Hours Of Battle Entertainment. 23 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD

Amazon link all reviews audio and written together.
This is annoying because if I want to read a review of an audio book then how it is read and who by is very important information for the audio buyer useless for the written word buyer.

Rant over.

This is an excellent audio book and is read really well by Paul McGann.

It made three long car journies fly by.

Paul McGann is Sharpe in this reading.
He has the right voice, pace and as an acomplished actor brings real passion and force to the reading.
True Sean Bean is the actor from the television series but I must admit I soon forgot this fact because McGann is THAT good.

Others have said that this story 'feels like two stories joined'.

They are right with the reading it certainly gives this impression.

Sharpe has his work cut out tracking and retrieving some letters in Cadiz and he is minor performer in the battle.

It's an average Sharpe tale but the battle and campaigne narration of the story is magnificent.

McCann is really brilliant.

The battle scenes are really illustrated by McGann's narration and he has done Bernard Cornwell Proud.

Now this is NOT the best of the Sharpe stories (hence my 4 stars)but it is still dam good and when It ended I was left wanting more which to my way of thinking is always a good sign.(so five stars for Paul McGann!)

My cover to my copy is different from the American version shown. It is the same art work as the paperback book. The once shown here with the $14.95 sticker is the American TV tie in with Sean Bean as Sharpe. but it's the same reader and production.

Its a brilliant piece of almost 6 hours spread over 6 CDs aural entertaiment at its finest.

More Please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The amazing Sharpe
Although reading these books out of chronological order it makes no difference as each is tale in it's own right.
Published 3 months ago by Ray Cornell
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable if not spectacular read
Sharpe’s fury is set during the battle and build up to the battle of Barossa in 1811. The first half of the book is mainly set in the city Cadiz and follows Sharpe as he tries to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by RK
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting right to the end
Well written and historically very well researched . I am a huge fan of the Sharpe series of novels. Can't wait to move on to the next one
Published 10 months ago by Daniel Tomiczek
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to his best!
Another cracking Cornwell book and a very enjoyable read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For collectors
If you are a Sharpe fan then this book is a must to complete the collection. I would recommend this book to any Sharpe fan.
Published 11 months ago by mad1
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
It is always exciting how this rough diamond of an officer wins through. Yet he is always a gentleman towards pretty ladies in distress.
Published 14 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Written in 2006 the action takes place around Cadiz. It is up to Corwell's usual standard and well worth the read.
Published 23 months ago by Frankie
1.0 out of 5 stars The follow on from Sharpe's Fury
Having downloaded the first 11 Sharpe books to my kindle I find that the next one to read "Sharpe's Battle" is not available on kindle. Read more
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