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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.

©1984 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)

What listeners say about Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812

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  • 17-06-2021

Soooo good

What a combo the author and an unbelievable narator. It just doesn't get any better

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  • Kris Fricke
  • 07-07-2017

apparently it doesn't say so in the scriptures

Hickswell never once utters his famous "it says so in the scriptures!" catchphrase!. )-: )-:

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  • simon hall
  • 05-09-2019

Best of the series

Fantastic book, gripping from start to finish! My favourite of the sharpe series and an absolute masterpiece of military historical fiction...

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  • 匿名
  • 14-08-2019

Great book

I really enjoyed this book as the writer made me feel for all characters involved.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-2019

An adventure not to be missed

Very well narrated. With carefully structured caricatures brought to life in a great story . Which is very hard to leave.

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  • delcmgb
  • 29-10-2021

Great

well read that makes a difference to any story story line as usual terrific looking forward to the next one

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  • 18-10-2021

my favourite book

of all the sharp series up to this book , this is definitely favorite. brilliant from start to finish. highly recommended

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  • 25-08-2021

Sharpe, perfectly read

The historical detail, the suspense, the characters and backstory. Definitive Cornwell.
I’m working through all the Sharpe novels in order, I dread running out!

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  • David
  • 30-07-2021

Great Story

Another brilliant story and brilliant performance. I cannot wait for the next book which I'm starting now.

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  • Amazon Customerm
  • 06-06-2021

Brilliant

A very good story the reader brings characters to life at Time You had almost Feel like you were there

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  • Promis Christodoulou
  • 12-05-2021

Brilliant in every way

Every story gets better than the last and this is no exception. The writer and narrator paint a picture more vivid than anything other media. Obediah Hakeswill the villain of this and previous stories gives me the Willie's, if he wasn't a fictional character I'd be writing to my MP demanding his arrest, I may still do that just in case.😂😂😂

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  • James Abernethy
  • 18-02-2021

My first Sharpe book and love it!

I'm familiar with the Sharpe TV series and really love this.. 12 hours is quite a short book from my previous listens but I really love it. It's quite an 'efficient' book, there's a lot packed into it but there's also a lot of fine detail. Very well written with clever use of language without becoming pretentious. Although it took a moment to warm to the narrator, I felt he did an amazing job. He gave the characters great voices and the accents weren't distracting. Great at using inflection, tone and rhythm to set the mood. Will definitely be getting more of the Sharpe books.

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