Sharpe's Gold : Richard Sharpe Novels

  • by Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • Series: Richard Sharpe Novels
  • 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Only a year after its stunning victory at Talavera in July of 1809, Wellington's Peninsular Army, vastly outnumbered and its coffers empty, was on the brink of collapse. The Spanish government had fallen, the last Spanish armies had been crushed by the French, and all that was left were the peassants fighting the guerrilla, the "little war." But Wellington had one hope left. He knew that in the dangerous Portuguese hills lay a fortune in gold, enough gold perhaps to turn the Peninsular War around. And he knew of one fighting man capable of stealing it: Captain Richard Sharpe of the South Essex regiment.In this novel, the third in a series that will take the magnetic Sharpe all the way from Talavera (Sharpe's Rifles) to the glory of Waterloo, Bernard Cornwell tells the gripping story of Sharpe's secret mission, an adventure unlike an form of warfare Sharpe has known in his long and embattled career as a soldier fighting his way up through the ranks.

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"Consistently exciting....These are wonderful novels!" (Stephen King)

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Great Fun

Great fun, lots of adventure, some history. I liked all of Bernard Cornwell Sharpe's books so much that I was deeply depressed when I finished the last one available at audible. More Please!
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- jim

Good, but not as good as others in the series...

Richard Sharpe, Cornwell's everyman hero is sent to 'recover' Spanish gold in the Portuguese hills. In fact, Sharpe is sent to steal it with somewhat problematic consequences. This is the third Richard Sharpe novel I've listened to. Once again, I'm a bit struck by the similarity between Cornwell's male leads. Sharpe is a virtual image of Nate Starbuck. He has many of Nate's qualities: desire to be a soldier, underdog status, doughty comrades, lack of religious convictions, lack of emotional development, unwillingness (or) inability to commit to a single woman.

Overall, while I enjoy the history, action and adventure of Richard Sharpe and his company, frankly I don't much care for Sharpe himself. I was rather under-whelmed by him, and while the author has written of his past suffering with sympathy, I don't really care for the manner he uses women, and his lack of emotional maturity. He is also far from admirable in his many actions. Also his female characters lack dimension. The two in this book were 'bad girls' and seemed to be fairly boiler plate.

I like this series for the action and adventure. But Sharpe himself bores me, which is too bad. These are great books, and would be better if the hero was someone I could relate with.
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- W

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-1999
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.