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Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809

The Sharpe Series, Book 7
Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Series: Richard Sharpe Novels, Book 7
Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A small British army is stranded when the French invade northern Portugal and Lieutenant Richard Sharpe meets the future Duke of Wellington.

Sharpe is stranded behind enemy lines, but he has Patrick Harper, his riflemen, and he has the assistance of a young, idealistic Portuguese officer. When he is joined by the future Duke of Wellington they immediately mount a counter-attack and Sharpe, having been the hunted, becomes the hunter once more. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm-lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes his revenge.

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.

©2003 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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  • Markus
  • 12-04-2019

For the fans of Sharp

Bloody 'ell this is a good book 😊 great story, great reading, we love Richard Sharp

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-2019

amazing as always

simply sublime storytelling. an amazing hunt with a brilliantly aggressive finish. can't wait to read the next!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-2019

Bernard Cornwell , Research that takes you to away

Rupert Farley who vocalises the Work of Bernard Cornwell, Close your eyes and there's Sharpe

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-2019

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excellent novel rollercoaster of a read non stop action from the start the storyteller pulls you deeper as you go along


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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-2019

Well narrated, except for...

Rupert Farley is an excellent narrator and portrays accents particularly well. However, his choice of accents for certain characters is sometimes perplexing. Sharpe himself, for example, born and bred in London, albeit with a temporary teenage relocation to Yorkshire, has a Yorkshire accent as thick as a doorstep of Hovis. On the other hand villainous Williamson from Leicestershire is attributed with a Cockney accent. Could this be yet another example of anti-Cockney stereotyping?

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  • Bob
  • 14-02-2019

Historically interesting as always,...

...however, I thought the story to be weaker than normal which was disappointing still good

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  • Laurence
  • 24-08-2018

Great

A really enjoyable sharpe book with a great narrator. If you like Sharpe or napoleonics its deffinetly worth a listen

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  • Simon Hardy
  • 06-07-2018

Fantastic

Fantastic as all the books in the series have been. Downloading the next book now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-2018

classic Sharpe

great narration, and the writing is superb, evoking vivid landscapes and battles, a classic Sharpe novel

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  • Just
  • 08-04-2018

Historical Havoc

Where does Sharpe's Havoc: The Northern Portugal Campaign, Spring 1809 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The French assault on the redoubt at night

Any additional comments?

Sharpe's Havoc is one of the best of the Sharpe novels written by Cornwell; the story is excellent, the action gripping and not overdone, and the characters have wonderful and believable motivations. 10/10 would listen to again.

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 24-09-2017

Attack then defend.

A very emotive episode for Sharpe as french cruelty is described, in graphic detail. In fact it's human cruelty on both sides, all ages, all classes. Historically it seems, napoleon left soult out on a limb. No reinforcements meant no king of Lithuania. but thousands suffered as a result, and wellingtons army had an easier job of removing the french from Portugal.