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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)

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2020

Very good

An excellant combination, writer and narrator. Working my way through the whole series, again.

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  • J oldacre
  • 31-01-2020

as usual. perfectly read.

you'd be forgiven for thinking that sean bean read the parts of sharpe. excellent

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-2019

Excellent as always

Happily following Sharpe from the very beginning, looking forward to the next. Dog walking always a pleasure with this for company.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-2019

Outstanding of all the novels and the sadest.

An exceptional read, all the you need is here... heroes, villains, honour, deceit, battles, cunning and stupidity. Sharp at his very best. A shame the TV series bastardised this to soppy milk slush. God save Ireland

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  • Jholmes
  • 12-10-2018

One of the best in the series

Even more engrossing than usual. Sharpe, as always, having to overcome idiotic arrogant senior officers, and of course overwhelming French odds! Never quite sure of the outcome, and a sad ending to dull the elation. Life really!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-2018

They just keep getting better

Every time I progress in the Sharpe series, the books never cease to build upon the previous spectacular performance and story. This one is gripping as usual, but explores a wider range of emotions as you'll see.

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  • Just
  • 08-04-2018

Sharpe's Excellence

Where does Sharpe's Enemy: The Defence of Portugal, Christmas 1812 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What does Rupert Farley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Farley is an excellent narrator and performer, bringing the characters and scenes to life in a way I wouldn't have been able to in my own head

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but it'd be a spoiler if I told.

Any additional comments?

This is the first Sharpe book I ever read and still one of the best, so I was anticipating the audio more than most... And it did not disappoint.

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