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Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 (The Sharpe Series, Book 9)

Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 (The Sharpe Series, Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Cornwell
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‘Exciting, exuberant… leaves the reader waiting for the next’
Irish Times


'Exciting, exuberant... leaves the reader waiting for the next, Irish Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1436 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140294317
  • Publisher: Harper (24 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI93MY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Look at Ruthless Decisions 9 Feb 2009
Following on the heels of Sharpe's Eagle, Sharpe's Gold (the 9th novel in chronological order of events) plays on the darker side of "doing one's duty" of winning at any cost. During the early part of the Peninsula Wars, the Spanish army ceased to exist and a payroll for the nonexistent army is left in limbo. After a scout learns that the partisans have the gold, Sir Arthur Wellesley decides that the money must be liberated to help save the British army from defeat in Portugal.

After an awkward interchange where Captain Richard Sharpe (promoted from Lieutenant in Sharpe's Eagle) interferes with a provost who wants to hang one of his men as a looter, Wellesley tells Sharpe that he "must" get the gold. An earlier foray with cavalry failed, but there is a British officer watching the gold along with the partisans (guerillas). All Sharpe has to do is lead his few infantrymen behind enemy lines, persuade the partisans (led by the dangerous and suspicious El Catalico) to give him the Spanish gold, and then carry it back through enemy lines again.

Naturally, the challenge is even more difficult than expected. The scout who accompanies him is immediately captured by the French and Sharpe decides to rescue him. After that, the Spanish partisans claim the French have the gold and that the British officer has been captured. In the ensuing battle, Sharpe saves and becomes entranced by a most remarkable young woman, one who fights better than most men and is also very beautiful.

In the story, Bernard Cornwell brilliantly uses a real historical incident to present Sharpe with one of those "someone will die no matter what I do" choices that often occur in war. If you read this book with a friend, you can have some fun debating what Sharpe might have done differently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe has struck Gold 6 May 2006
By D. Cook
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Incrediable read. Non-stop action and story never lets you go. Sharpe is as daring as ever, Harper is as comical and the battles are as visual.

I love the new book cover artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take Care 17 Aug 2008
This is an excellent book, but take care it was first published in 1981 so you may already have it on your book case!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition and good value 19 May 2014
By wendel
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Good condition and good value. The stories are wonderful and I'm collecting the whole series. Bernard Cornwell's an excellent story teller with good attention to historical facts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell does it again ! 5 May 2014
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Sharpe at his rampaging best - racing against time and being chased relentlessly Sharpe shows his cunning and ruthlessness to get the job done - well worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Gold 24 Feb 2014
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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. As an avid reader it was only natural that I should buy the complete set of these books and I am really looking forward to reading them, I just hope they don't let me down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe present 1 Dec 2013
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Sharpe present for my son of the entire Sharpe collection which he went through all of the books and seemed to enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read 29 Sep 2013
I have enjoyed all the Sharpe books so far and this is no exception. The story is well told and whilst there are few surprises in the book it is an entertaining read. Overall if you enjoy the Sharpe novels then you will enjoy this one, if not then this is probably not the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Classic sharpe
Published 6 days ago by J G Macknight
5.0 out of 5 stars Good author with plenty of research,all of the series share the same...
As above I have read all of the authors works over the years and to date always a good read.The action at Busaco well portrayed without being bogged down in trivia.
Published 12 months ago by Timothy Wickham
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernhard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell was up to his usual storytelling standard brilliantly weaving fact and fiction, with authentic sounding battle scenes. Sharpe was as sharp as ever
Published 14 months ago by J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, look forward to reading further Books.
Very good service, would send repeat orders, in the very near future.
Could not find any fault in the service.
Published 14 months ago by MR. N J CUTLER
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review
I love these books, the descriptions are so vivid you feel you could be there. The trouble is my housework suffers :)
Published 17 months ago by G. Silverman
3.0 out of 5 stars Tired, tired writing
The author confessed that he found writing this, the second to be written of the Sharpe series, the most difficult of his books to write - and it shows. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Thomas Holt
4.0 out of 5 stars In line with typical Sharpe story
I'm gradually working through the Sharpe series of books - although usually with a gap between each one.

I know roughly what to expect in each. Read more
Published 18 months ago by NJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
All the Sharpe books are brilliant, I am on my second reading of all of them, this time on my Kindle. All are compulsive reading for me.
Published 20 months ago by English Bob
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