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Richard Sharpe, with enemies on every side, survives Marshall Massena's attack and ends at the lines of Torres Vedras.Sharpe's job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regiment, Sharpe wages a private war against Ferragus - a war fought through the burning, pillaged streets of Coimbra, Portugal's ancient university city. Sharpe's Escape begins on the great, gaunt ridge of Bussaco where a joint British and Portuguese army meets the overwhelming strength of Marshall Massena's crack troops. It finishes at Torres Vedras where the French hopes of occupying Portugal quickly die.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.

Please Note: The historical note is NOT included in this audiobook.

©2004 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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Sharpe novels are always great

Cornwell always writes great battles and in this book he also writes the best, or is that the worst, sewer escape scene of all time. I swear I could smell the ... filth?

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  • Simon
  • 24-04-2018

An Escape That's a Victory!

First, as I am reliably informed that the function that allows people to follow reviewers is about to be brutally terminated before its time a quick thankyou to anyone who followed my reviews. While I'm sure most of the emails ended crumpled up in the trash folder it has been nice to think someone somewhere might just have read one ir two of them so I am grateful!

And if it is to be the last of my reviews to be distributed this really isn't a bad way to go out. I'm a big fan of Mr Cornwell in general and this series in particular. And this is definitely one of the best of even this series. There is very little downtime between the action and when our man takes charge of an impending disastrous situation near the end it is absolutely vintage Sharpe. He is such a fantastic character closely followed by Donegal's own Patrick Harper of course.

Of course Rupert Farley is excellent as them both plus the usual host of snobby officers and the other assorted ruffians. His narration presides over pitched battles, bare knuckle fights and of course Sharpe finding a love interest though this is kept fairly restrained. I mentioned with the previous book that Sharpe could woo a woman no matter what state he was in but I think this time trumps the lot!

This is book ten now so no-one interested in it is likely to need me to tell them what this series is like. Just rest assured this lives up to the standard of the best so far!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-2021

More Sharpe heroics

Loved it, great story from the Napoleonic war in Portugal. Beating the French and the bad guys!

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  • Eileen
  • 17-11-2015

Sharpe's Escape

Rattling good tale. Must say I'm becoming a mite concerned with Richard's bed hopping though. I recon I have bought and read 'several times' all 20 Sharpe books ~ or was it 21? ~ no matter. Richard's generosity with his ladies is legionary ~ as is his parsimony but, with thousands stashed away ~ Why doesn't he buy a bloody watch ????

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  • Harrybennett
  • 09-06-2021

Great book

if you like history and grant plot this is the book for you Rupert Farley preformence was good

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  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • 01-06-2021

Classic Richard Sharpe

Classic Richard Sharpe, offending the gentry, rescuing damsels, and beating the crapaud out of crapauds. I wonder when he'll become Major?

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  • paul sanby
  • 15-04-2021

Sharpe's escape.

Another great sharpe adventure, enjoyed listening whilst walking the dog & out running. Well written & read.

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  • Karl w
  • 27-03-2021

Sharpe

heard this story a few years ago , liked it so much I bought another

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-2021

As ever up to the standard.

Extremley well read by Rupert Farley, story and life up to standard. Sharpe rides again

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  • Mike1689
  • 15-03-2021

sharpe's Escape

I'm hobestly running out of things to say with these books.. There all as good as each other so on to the next one !!

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  • mr john ray
  • 22-11-2020

Usual great story and listen

Usual brilliant story and well read HOWEVER there’s on feature that’s really bothered me - Colonel Lawford didn’t sound such a pompous prat in the other books did he?
I know it’s a minor point but every time Lawford spoke it just sounded wrong based on Lawfords history with Sharpe in India.
Otherwise the usual cracking story.

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