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Publisher's Summary

Captain Richard Sharpe has to lead the attack on the terrible fortress.

It is a hard winter. For Richard Sharpe it is the worst he can remember. He has lost command to a man who could buy the promotion Sharpe covets. His oldest enemy, the ruthless and indestructible Hakeswill, joins the regiment and he is a man with a mission to ruin Sharpe.

But Sharpe is determined to change his luck. The only way - a desperate choice - is to volunteer the Forlorn Hope, to lead the attack on the impregnable fortress town of Badajoz, a road to almost certain death or, just possibly, to heroic glory.

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.

©1982 Bernard Cornwell (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"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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Can there be a more evil character than Obadiah Hakeswill? Narration is absolutely top shelf.

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  • 24-04-2018

Firing On All Cylinders

What did you like most about Sharpe's Company: The Siege of Badajoz, January to April 1812?

This is possibly the best Sharpe book, and maybe the best book Cornwell has written, and what I liked about it is not just the stakes of the war, but the stakes of the characters. That is what Sharpe's Company is all about, the people.

What did you like best about this story?

How evil Sergeant Hakeswill is. Possibly one of the greatest villains in literature.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. And I did. Oops.

Any additional comments?

Nothing I can write here will be adequate. Listen for yourself.

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  • K. M. Woodhouse
  • 16-06-2016

Excellent narrator

Rupert Farley really is such an excellent narrator of this truly excellent series of novels.

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  • Derfel C
  • 30-12-2020

The Best Sharpe Story Yet!!

I have listened to all the Sharpe novels yet and this is the best so far. Such a great story, tremendous pace and vision!

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  • markcufc
  • 18-07-2020

Amazing

Can’t be beaten amazing author, brilliant narrator. The whole series. Just absolutely class, gore, excitement and horror.

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  • qwerty
  • 12-02-2020

Another ripping yarn

Usual daring do. Hero gets wrong end of stick. Baddy ascendant. Hero beats the odds and makes a further step forward. At the last, all is well with the world and baddy vanquished.
Still looking forward to hearing more of the formula. Enough twists to keep the interest going. I'm not likely to get bored in any foreseeable future.

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  • H
  • 28-11-2019

Brilliant books, superb narrator

I have been loving the Sharpe series and Rupert Farley is a joy to listen to. The narrator can make or break the audiobook experience - it doesn't matter how good the book is if I can't cope with the narration. But Mr Farley is wonderful - he is engaging and able to do the various accents convincingly (at least I think so) without being awkward or irritating to listen to.

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  • Bob
  • 01-03-2019

Nappies, Murder, Injustices and Glory

Glorious until the end. A description that gives a feeling of a Battle that cost between 4500 and 6000 lives plus the horrifically maimed. Rupert's narration I never tire of.

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  • O
  • 11-12-2017

Another great Sahrp

Very good narration, another very enjoyable tale which again left me wanting to find out what happens next. Damn you Hakeswill!

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  • JB
  • 06-04-2022

Great Story

The characterisations of the narrator was excellent. Hakeswill should rightly be considered as one of the best novel villains of all time. The book is far superior to the TV series, which did not reflect the quality of the story. 10/10

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  • Kaz
  • 28-01-2022

Farley for President

OK this might be the third time I'm listening to the Sharpe series, but I'm still finding new things to admire about the writing and the performance. The horror of the Badajoz assault is piercingly captured by Cornwell with darkness, gore and suspense woven and twisted like Rasputin darning. Farley in this novel shines with Hakeswill's madness and malevolence shocking from one sentence to the next. Cornwell's backstory of the wicked sergeant is superbly believable leading to an 18-rated climax to this cult classic in the series.

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