Sharpe’s Battle: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, May 1811

By Bernard Cornwell
Read by Frederick Davidson

The Richard Sharpe Adventures: Book 1995

10.88 Hours 06/21/2005 unabridged
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In the spring of 1811, as one of the most bitter battles of the Peninsular War is about to commence, the hopes of all of Britain are turned toward Spain, where victory will be won or lost. A skilled leader and proven hero, Colonel Richard Sharpe has taken charge of a ragtag Irish battalion from the king of Spain’s household guard. Poorly equipped and untrained, they are easily ambushed by an elite French unit commanded by Sharpe’s deadly enemy, Brigadier General Guy Loup. Sharpe and Loup have tangled before, and now the fighting wolf means to exact his revenge. But something goes terribly wrong in their bloody skirmish, and Sharpe is faced with the ruin of his career and reputation. Stripped of all but his honor, spirit, and courage, Sharpe must lead his men to glory on the bloody streets of Spain to redeem himself in the eyes of his country—or die trying.

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In the spring of 1811, as one of the most bitter battles of the Peninsular War is about to commence, the hopes of all of Britain are turned toward Spain, where victory will be won or lost. A skilled leader and proven hero, Colonel Richard Sharpe has taken charge of a ragtag Irish battalion from the king of Spain’s household guard. Poorly equipped and untrained, they are easily ambushed by an elite French unit commanded by Sharpe’s deadly enemy, Brigadier General Guy Loup. Sharpe and Loup have tangled before, and now the fighting wolf means to exact his revenge. But something goes terribly wrong in their bloody skirmish, and Sharpe is faced with the ruin of his career and reputation. Stripped of all but his honor, spirit, and courage, Sharpe must lead his men to glory on the bloody streets of Spain to redeem himself in the eyes of his country—or die trying.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Combines those strengths that have come to characterize Bernard Cornwell’s fiction: immaculate historical reconstruction and the ability to tell a ripping yarn.” Washington Post
“Cornwell’s superb storytelling and skill at historical re-creation are in top form as he masterfully presents the carnage, clamor, stink and ‘sublime joy’ of battle.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] great adventure from one of the most accomplished and stylish storytellers now writing.”

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Author Bio: Bernard Cornwell

Bernard Cornwell, born in London, worked for the BBC and Thames Television before coming to the United States to write full time. His sweeping historical novels, including the acclaimed Richard Sharpe series, make him a number one bestselling author in the United Kingdom and around the world. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 10.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English