Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 : Richard Sharpe Novels

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Rupert Farley
  • Series: Richard Sharpe Novels
  • 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Major Sharpe, in the bitter winter, must attempt a desperate rescue and face his most implacable enemy.
Newly promoted, he is given the task of rescuing a group of well-born women, held hostage high in the mountains by a rabble of deserters. And one of the renegades is Sergeant Hakeswill, Sharpe's bitter enemy.
Sharpe has only the support of his own company and the new Rocket Troop - the last word in military incompetence - but he cannot afford to contemplate defeat. For to surrender or to fail would mean the end of the war for the Allied armies… 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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What the Critics Say

“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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Another Superb Sharpe Tale

Sharpe's enemy is another example of Bernard Cornwell's excellent work. Written with such great detail, I always feel like I'm there with Sharpe and Harper. This story is no different. It's gripping from the start and fast paced enough to keep you enthralled. Yes, if you read all the Sharpe series there are parts of repetition, but you get that in most series - new readers need some feel of depth to the characters.

The narration is brilliant and in Rupert Farley, they have found a perfect match for Sharpe. He portrays all the characters well, and for me, puts real feeling into the story.

25 years ago at the age of 17, I read my first Bernard Cornwell book, which also happened to be my first ever book I'd read! Since then I've brought every single book he's written and read them all with same amazement and excitement as the first - 'The Winter King'. I can't thank Mr Cornwell enough for doing what 11 years of teachers could do, and that's encourage me to read.
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- Amazon Customer

Best sharp to date

Been working my way through these best one yet seasonal too as it’s set at Christmas 1812
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- Andy S

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited