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Sharpe's Sword [Paperback]

Bernard Cornwell
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1 Nov 2004

The bitter rivalry between Sharpe and the ruthless Frenchman Colonel Leroux is brought to life against the vivid canvas of the Peninsular War.

Richard Sharpe is once again at war. But this time his enemy is just one man – the ruthless Colonel Leroux. Sharpe’s mission is to safeguard El Mirador, a spy whose network of agents is vital to British victory.

Sharpe is forced into a new world of political and military intrigue. And in unfamiliar surroundings of aristocratic Spanish society, his only guide is La Marquesa – a woman with her own secrets to conceal…

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 (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006168345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006168348
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,258 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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‘Sharpe and his creator are national treasures.' Sunday Telegraph

'Bernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation.' Daily Mail

'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched.' Observer
‘The best battle scenes of any writer I’ve ever read, past or present. Cornwell really makes history come alive.’ George R.R. Martin

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Colonel Leroux answered to no man save the Emperor. With exquisite delicacy he could skin a man alive in search of the secrets he held; a parole given in 'honour' was a means to an end. From the first moment Richard Sharpe came across the Frenchman he mistrusted him – and lusted after the sword Leroux had killed so many times with. But at each encounter the Colonel escaped Sharpe with almost contemptuous ease…

Bernard Cornwell mixes intrigue and passion, the heat of war and the cold hatred of enmity, with a sure hand, bringing the Peninsular War vividly, excitingly to life. An enthralling Sharpe adventure to delight the listener.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Honor and Betrayal 29 April 2009
As always, I encourage you to read the books in this series in the order of the chronology they describe rather than by publication date. Mr. Cornwell has come back again and again to "fill in" between books with other books. You'll enjoy the series more in a logical order.

At the current time, this is the 14th book in the chronological series.

After the desperate battles to throw the French out of Portugal and to enter Spain by breaching two fortresses, the British and their Portuguese and Spanish allies are near Salamanca looking to set up a battle that they can win decisively against the larger French forces.

As the book opens, the dangerous French Colonel Laroux has extracted some important information about a British spy ring through torture. But he's made a mistake and taken too long. He's at risk to be captured. Being a capable dissembler, Laroux soon has most of the British fooled . . . but not Sharpe. Laroux soon shows his true colors and the British realize it's essential that they contain Laroux's information before their spies are killed.

In the process, Sharpe becomes fascinated by Laroux's sword and begins to wish it were his. You'll begin to wonder how that might occur.

Next, Wellington has the relatively simple task of seizing three forts against far from extreme opposition after the main French army retreats. But it proves to be more difficult than expected. Someone has tipped off the French about when and where the attack will come.

Sharpe meanwhile is drawn into the party life of the Spanish aristocracy, finding himself drawn to the alluring La Marquesa despite being a newly married man. Is she also interested?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sharpe 6 Sep 2011
One of the best Sharpe books I have read, not predictable like some of the others. A must for any Sharpe fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's sword 24 April 2014
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It is always better to read the book than watch the film.Both good but the book great,but I still do both.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good Read 13 Feb 2014
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Apart from the frequent spelling mistakes same great standard from Mr Cornwell. I would suggest you make your own mind up!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe surprise 1 Dec 2013
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Bought aa a present for my son and he has read the entire series one after another, hence seems all good
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5.0 out of 5 stars another good read 19 Oct 2013
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It is better with the more you read of the series, I am in a way needing to finish the series so I can go to sleep at a decent time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe book. 16 Sep 2013
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Bought this book as I have a full collection od his books and dvd boxed set of his adventures Great stories.
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I liked the story, and the details about the field hospital were intriguing, also to see Sharpe dying was a first.
Just a good story line as well.
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Nice book, very fast delivery, item is exactly as describe and better
Published 1 month ago by Aiden Hickey
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a very good sharpe book
i have enjoyed many cornwall books and nearly finished the sharpe series in order. this stands out as a very good one
Published 13 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars B. Cornwall - Sharpe's Sword
In the middle of reading the book, very good so far. Up to Bernard Cornwall's usual high standard.
Nice to be able to tie the books to the Spanish/Portuguese country side.
Published 16 months ago by Brian Kenneth
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely cutting edge writing
A fast moving and thrilling story which our hero overcomes the devious machinations of the french and fights in the way he knows best. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert Smith
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Published 17 months ago by john wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fair price, fair quality
The story and the language are always good from this author - I first saw the TV series and reading followed - a good job was done by the TV team
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