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Sharpe's Gold: The Destruction of Almeida, August 1810 (The Sharpe Series, Book 9) Paperback – 5 Apr 2004


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006173144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006173144
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,474 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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‘Exciting, exuberant… leaves the reader waiting for the next’
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The third of the Sharpe series in the Peninsular, in chronological order.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Cook on 6 May 2006
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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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By BarbaraM on 21 Feb. 2015
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The description of military life, the (crazy, of course) British army system of leadership and life in the ranks, the historical background that one can further look up on Wiki, the fact that the French are respected as soldiers (none of the boring frog-bashing one expects from Poms), and a well written, excellently paced adventure novel to present it all....all good stuff! Sharpe is, in most ways, totally the opposite of Flashman, but the colourful setting and period are beautifully described, not as a lecture, but in illuminating support of the tale....refreshing.
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By Donus on 12 Aug. 2014
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Bernard Cornwell is, in my opinion [for whatever that is worth] the best historical author currently working in the world of narrative fiction; based upon real-life historical events. He pulls no punches in respect to the often extremely violent reality of life during the wide ranging periods of human history he has covered. The net result is an authentic and often contemporary feel, featuring a cast of flawed characters that the modern day reader can identify with [in some cases], and entertained by until it becomes quite addictive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hornblower Fan on 17 Aug. 2008
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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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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. It's a comfortable read which I enjoy much as many TV series - and I might be picking up a little history and some insight on life in those days as a side benefit.
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By Zulu Warrior on 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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By RK TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2013
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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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