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Sharpe is back.

The global best seller Bernard Cornwell returns with his iconic hero, Richard Sharpe.

If any man can do the impossible, it's Richard Sharpe....

Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe is a man with a reputation. Born in the gutter, raised a foundling, he joined the army 21 years ago, and it’s been his home ever since. He’s a loose cannon, but his unconventional methods make him a valuable weapon.

So when, the dust still settling after the Battle of Waterloo, the duke of Wellington needs a favour, he turns to Sharpe. For Wellington knows that the end of one war is only the beginning of another. Napoleon's army may be defeated, but another enemy lies waiting in the shadows - a secretive group of fanatical revolutionaries hell-bent on revenge. 

Sharpe is dispatched to a new battleground: the maze of Paris streets where lines blur between friend and foe. And in search of a spy, he will have to defeat a lethal assassin determined to kill his target or die trying....

Sharpe’s Assassin is the brand-new novel in the best-selling historical series that has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

©2021 Bernard Cornwell (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Well below par

I've been reading Bernard Cornwell's books for over 35 years and have read most of them, so I jumped at the chance to hear a new installment in the Sharpe Series. As its over 20 years since the prequel to this book was written I went back and listened to that before this book so I'd refresh my memory of what had immediately happened prior to this story. I really enjoyed Sharpe's Waterloo (the prequel) and headed straight onto Sharpe's Assassin with much anticipation. Well I needn't have bothered. This book is well below the author's usual standard, full of cliches and constant repetition of things we already know. It got so bad that I was wishing for the book to end. If I could give it no stars I would.

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A sad end...

This is a great series but this is a poor story. . Every cringe worthy cliche that could be glanced over in the previous series has been loaded, shot and hammered home again. Only the battle sequence at the end, of which Mr Cornwall can rightly claim to be a master, saves this episode. Don't listen to this first or you'll miss a lot of compelling listening.

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Cornwell still the master

It’s been too long since the last Sharpe novel (although given Bernard Cornwell’s other series you can seen why), so it gave me great joy to immerse in this post-Waterloo, pre-Sharpe’s Devil story. Action packed and well read. A winner.

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Another worthy outing

Another worthy outing for Sharpe. It's not the best in the series but is worth another outing and the characters exist effortlessly now almost writing their own stories.

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Another rollicking Sharpe episode

Cornwell is a master of his craft and Rupert Farley is the perfect narrator.

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  • 03-10-2021

Like a warm blanket.

"The war was over. And Richard Sharpe was going to war." Like a warm blanket.

It's been 15(!) years since the last Richard Sharpe novel (Sharpe's Fury) and Cornwell's return to the Napoleonic wars and common soldier-turned British officer is like meeting an old friend and immediately settling into your old routines, in-jokes, and rhythms without missing a beat.

Sharpe's Assassin immediately follows the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo (Sharpe's Waterloo) and newly promoted Lieutenant Colonel Sharpe and Sergeant Major (retired?) Harper are interrupted from burying their dead compatriots and summoned by the Duke of Wellington to storm a remote bastion/prison complex. This quickly reveals a larger plot device of the British trying to recover European artwork stolen by the French Army over the years and stored in the Louvre as well as a mission to stop a group of Bonapartist die-hards. This also has Sharpe reuniting with his former company commander and the man responsible for having him flogged as an enlisted man, Major Morris.

The action is kinetic and tight, the banter with lords and ladies is quick-witted and just disrespectful enough by Sharpe to keep things punchy, and angry-Sharpe remains a great literary joy. Going back into Sharpe's world invites inevitable comparisons to Cornwell's other long series, The Last Kingdom, and its main character Uhtred of Bebbanburg. On balance, Sharpe's world is so much more enjoyable. Uhtred and Sharpe are essentially the same character, but while Uhtred and his world are dreary, dour, and perennially gray, Sharpe and his world has a *spark* to it that makes the world, scenes (action and exposition), and characters feel that much more lively and therefore interesting.

Will Sharpe and Harper march again? Hard to say, but I had a wonderful time tagging along for the ride.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2021

Bernard Cornwell never, never disappoints

I was very happy to see another Sharp book come out. This was the first series by Cornwell that I started reading years ago. The author has the ability to create characters that are realistic and admirable. He brings the past to life as only a person who respects and loves history can. I believe that, with one exception, I’ve read everything Cornwell has written. He is exceptional and I recommend his work to anyone who treasures a good read.

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  • Craig
  • 06-10-2021

Sharpe is so good because he is us...

When we hear Sharpe's voice through his narrators and we read his words on the pages, he is that mystical, channeled, being who manifests in the space between our (personal) grasp of history and a magical hero-inkling that we grok, sort of like we could have been there too.

There is no doubt that fans and listeners of the Sharpe series owe an extraordinary debt of gratitide to Frederick Davidson, Patrick Tull, Rupert Farley and, of course, Bernard Cornwell. They all have enriched our lives with amazing storytelling and fictional renditions of stuff we would not have otherwise studied had we been forced to as students.

Sharpe is part of us now...that makes me happy! And yet, when Dan died in the last novel "Waterloo," I cried my eyes out. I think Sharpe did too. Okay...we all did...thanks Cornwell...I forgot how to cry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-2021

I enjoyed it

At first I wasn't thrilled at who was narrating this, but soon was caught up in the story and didn't mind at all. The story is good and I liked it. Fans of the series will enjoy it.

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  • Brett Lindsay
  • 03-05-2022

The Experience of Sharpe

I have truly enjoyed every word from the first book to this last one! A series of stories, and adventure through history, that leaves anyone that consumes them in awe and wonder of the exploits of such a great character. In my opinion this collection is a true masterpiece of literature. Thank you Bernard Cornwell!

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  • Pat Newell
  • 03-03-2022

Narrator only has Sharpe's voice, & one other

I love Sharpe & have read/listened to all many times. This one is not his very best, but I have enjoyed it several times. I think the thing that is most disappointing is the narrator. I have always been amazed at Fredrick Davidson's ability to sound so completely different that I wasn't sure they were actually all the same person. This narrator only has 2 voices...Sharpe's and all the rest. Hope the new Audibles to come aren't this guy.

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  • SCar7
  • 01-02-2022

An excellent Sharpe novel. As good as always.

We're at the end of the war but Sharpe still has work to do. great story, told well. Great reading.

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  • Jussi Korhonen
  • 16-01-2022

Sharpe is back, but should he be?

Always nice to get a new Sharpe novel, but there isn't too much point to this story - except to get an ending to Sharpe's story, which might make this book worthwhile. If you've read the previous novels, you'll know Sharpe will end up in any battle of the war, very often in a way that suspends belief. This time there is no major historical battle, but he goes to Paris instead and looks at paintings. There is a battle later on, and it's a thrilling one, but it seems completely unnecessary.

The main issue was with the narration, or rather the dialogue. Rupert Farley's narrating voice is fine, but all the dialogue is awful - sometimes he does a terrible Sean Bean impression, sometimes he forgets to do that. Sometimes he whispers, and sometimes he shouts. I don't know how accurate Wellington's accent is, but if anyone sounded like that and tried to tell me what to do, I'd run fast in the opposite direction. All Irish accents are of the "to be sure, to be sure" -variety (although they are the least irritating of Farley's accents), and the French accents are particularly horrible and sound like cartoon villains (as if Officer Crabtree had a few too many bottles of wine at Cafe Renee). At one occasion Lucille sounds like a sneering madwoman, and in the next she whispers softly. It's sometimes difficult to understand who is speaking, because the accents are so inconsistent. In the final battle the narration is more fast-paced, so Farley largely forgets to do the accents, and suddenly it sounds fine.

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  • Pine Home Outdoors
  • 13-01-2022

absolutely brilliant!

this story was absolutely spot on! loved the way it tied up a certain loose end and done nicely! in addition the story itself gave me insight into the occupation of Paris and the climate there immediately after Waterloo. I won't give out details to ruin it for you! Truly a must read!

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  • D Stone
  • 11-12-2021

last book of this series

ended as expected, as always a good book, steady pace from the narrator.
did not realize it was the last book as I believe there probably were others in between the 3 I have listened too. wish I could have found the others in order as I liked this character and his companions, finding the adventures easy to enjoy.

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  • Mr Craig P Keogh
  • 30-10-2021

Dammit….

……my first Sharpe novel and now I’m going to have to go back over the entire series; there’s only so many ways you can say brilliant, so take it as read, this is, in every way. Bernard Cornwell is one of the very best historical fiction writers and his work is complimented in full by the Rupert Farley’s narration. Just brilliant. Enjoy.

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  • Mr. T. J. Wilkinson
  • 05-10-2021

Enjoyable as ever....

I have been waiting for this to come out and have spent the last months re-listening to the whole trilogy. Bernard Cornwell produces another great story. Rupert Farley is a great narrator of what is another great story.

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  • Ric
  • 14-06-2022

A fitting end to my favourite character ever

brilliant story, ties up lots of loose ends. A wonderful performance, and a compelling baddie.

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  • John
  • 29-12-2021

Another great story weaved into history

A brilliantly narrated story. For me it was like having the characters of the tv series playing their parts throughout an intriguing part of history.

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  • S. Brown
  • 08-12-2021

Completion of the Sharpe Story

As with all the Sharpe stories, this one is full of love, honour, power, struggle and passion. I was gripped throughout and the characters remained true. I particularly like the historical context at the end, which explained what was true and which parts adapted. Highly recommended.

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  • S. C. Reston
  • 18-10-2021

A fitting end?

Another episode in Sharpe's military life. An interesting Tale with some of the traditional military scenes. Not the most epic tale in Sharpe's series but enjoyable nonetheless.

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  • John ross
  • 01-08-2022

brilliant

excellent historically based storytelling by Bernard Cornwell the master story teller. superbly voiced aa well.

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  • David
  • 01-07-2022

Excellent all round.

We enjoyed this audio book very much. The story was well read and Sharpe’s accent consistent with the tv series. Recommended.

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  • Val Bridge
  • 22-06-2022

Another great tale of Richard Sharpe

Once again Bernard Cornwall’s expertise as a great story teller comes to the fore. Having read all his previous stories of Sharpe’s Adventures I many years ago I was pleasantly surprised to find that a new adventure had been written. It did not fall short of my anticipated expectations. Well written and well narrated . A pleasure to reacquaint myself with Richard Sharpe and Bernard Cornwell

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  • Jason Southam
  • 21-06-2022

Bernard Cornwell does it again

loved it a really good listen. the performance was excellent, I'll listen to more

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