Sharpe's Sword (Sharpe Series #14)
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Sharpe's Sword (Sharpe #14)

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This time, Sharpe's enemy is the ruthless, sadistic Colonel Leroux. Sharpe's mission is to safeguard El Mirador, the spy whose network of agents is vital to the British victory. Sharpe must enter a new world of political and military intrigue.

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Published May 21st 2009 by AudioGO (first published 1983)
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Jason Koivu
Keep movin', movin', movin', though they're disapprovin'! Keep them doggies movin', Rawhide! ...must be constantly playing in Cornwell's head as he churns out these adequate historical fiction novels following rough-and-tumble ensign Richard Sharpe as he rises from the ranks of the British army with Wellington's fight against Napoleon as the backdrop and his own personal struggles as the focal point. Sharpe is a man with a mighty large chip on his shoulder as is, but it isn't helped that almost...more
Dawn
My eighth Sharpe book still follows the same formula but I just love them all the more.

Set in the summer of 1812, the life of Britain’s most important spy is at stake. Sharpe has been given the task of ensuring their safety by finding the dangerous Colonel Philippe Leroux, who knows the identity of the spy and will stop at nothing to silence them. A cast of characters including the lovely Hélène, La Marquesa de Casares el Grande y Melida Sadaba (no Sharpe novel would be complete without a beauti...more
Rick Brindle
More fighting and seemingly insurmountable problems for Richard Sharpe. This time he's in Salamanca where he gets involved in espionage that unsurprisingly involves a beautiful woman. Sharpe suffers grievous wounding from the owner of the sword in the title, and as ever, provides a lynch pin in turning around a massive battle at the end. And despite being an infantry officer, he's also involved in a cavalry attack on an enemy square. Only Sharpe could have such an illustrious military CV and sti...more
Graham
Another fine outing for Cornwell’s hero, topped and tailed by some impressively described battle scenes, but the heart of the book lies in the story in the middle. It’s a story of spying and spies; of heroes and villains; of secrecy, blackmail and a world in which nobody can really be trusted. Of course, Sharpe fits well into this story, and Cornwell keeps things moving at a breakneck speed with tons of action, romance and danger.

Leroux is another top villain, this time a torturer who enjoys sk...more
Ed
Oct 03, 2008 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cornwell and Sharpe and Historical Fiction fans.
I am an unabashed Richard Sharpe fan and Bernard Cornwell fan.

In this episode, built around the battle of Salamanca, Sharpe encounters the evil Colonel Leroux, France's most ruthless assassin. In the process of trying to capture Leroux and appropriate his highly valued sword, he becomes romantically involved with LaMarquesa, an extraordinarily beautiful woman whose interest in Sharpe is not purely romantic.

As always, Sharpe, while almost dying from a gunshot wound, eventually figures it all out...more
R. August
It took over a year to read this one - started it in August 2010. I finally got fed up with the cookie-cutter plot of Sharpe finding "the most beautiful woman in the world," bedding her, then moving on to the next book only to find another "most beautiful woman in the world." The biggest redeemer of this book was when Sharpe caught the French soldier's eye and they both shrugged at each other over the absurdity of war as they marched past each other at the battle of Salamanca. Will finish the se...more
Patty
I have read the whole Sharpe series, and can highly recommend them. While Sharpe is a fictional character, the battles he fights in really took place (his career follows Lord Wellington's), and Cornwell's research into the historical setting is impressive. Reading these stories has brought this period of European history to life for me.
Benjamin
A similar plot to Sharpe's Company, with a nigh-unkillable villain and a charge into the breach necessary to secure good fortune, but a more interesting rendition. Cornwell does have to give his villains the devil's luck, but in this book it's more believable that the capable and dastardly Leroux would be so blessed.
Stuart
Interesting that Sharpe can play a minor role yet the book is still worthwhile. I suppose this is because a series about a major military/political event can treat lots of issues. This time the main emphasis was on the spy system set up by both sides during the napoleonic Wars.
ReNu
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Sara
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Noel
Sharpe's Sword is a decent, bordering-on-the-brilliant installment in Bernard Cornwell's long-running series of horse-and-musket historical novels starring the rough-yet-heroic Captain Richard Sharpe.

Sharpe finds himself embroiled in a cat-and-mouse game between warring intelligencers, with his trademark "bull in a china shop" approach proving to be ineffective at first, but eventually winning out in the end. Alas, this book feels the more like "running through the motions" as opposed to treadi...more
Damon Williams
Another fun and amusing entry in the Sharpe Series, Sharpe's Sword tells a story somewhat different from the other Sharpe tales I've read. It has a very strong element of espionage and intrigue. It still gives the reader plenty of military combat and gruff British patriotism, and it will give the regular reader of the Sharpe stories all the same excitement and heroism that they may have become accustomed to. This tale also features Sharpe receiving a terrible (and plausible) life-threatening abd...more
Michael
These are all great. Some better than others of course, since there are maybe 20! I do not know how BC does it.
Phil
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Jesse
Captain Richard Sharpe is the action hero protagonist in a collection of books staring him as a rifleman Captain in the British army fighting the French. I say "collection" and not "series" because this is the fourteenth novel which are all stand-alone as far as I know and don't follow each other. This particular story was set in and around a Spanish city named Salamanca where Sharpe is hunting a fictional assassin named Leroux.

It's a decent little story that combines history and action around...more
Joyce Lagow
#14 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]Wellington� s army� and therefore Richard Sharpe� is in Spain, near Salamanca, still fighting the French. But there� s a new element in the mix� Napoleon� s personal intelligence officer, Colonel Leroux, who has been tracking down and eliminating the network of spies who supply information for Wellington� s army. His latest coup is someone who will lead Leroux to the coordinator of the network, known only as El Mirador.[return][return]By accident,...more
Bjoern
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Mick
The year is 1812. Wellington's advance to Madrid has stalled at the town of Salamanca, blocked by the army of Marshal Auguste Marmont. As the two armies prepare for the battle everyone know is coming, Captain Richard Sharpe of the South Essex Regiment's light company captures, and then loses again, a cavalry officer who turns out to be Napoleon's top spy in Spain.

As the only English officer capable of recognizing the sadistic Leroux, Sharpe is withdrawn from his usual duties to fight on an altog...more
Kathy Davie
First read 10 March 2009: Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history.

Fourteenth in the Richard Sharpe fictional military history series revolving around a man who has come up through the ranks. A natural soldier.

This installment fights back and forth around Salamanca in Spain between June and July, 1812.


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It's all about spying in this installment. Master spies, the little guy. The depths to which the enemy will sink to destroy the oppositions' lines of information as well as...more
Dark-Draco
This story is set against the battle of Salamanca. When Sharpe captures a French officer, he doesn't imagine that his life is suddenly going to get very difficult. When the officer breaks his patrol and flees into Salamanca, killing two of Sharpe's superiors, Sharpe can't wait to track him down and exact revenge. But Colonol Leroux is more important than he can imagine, for the Frenchmen knows the true identity of El Mirador, the chief spy for England whose huge network of informers stretches a...more
Carol Storm
Great battle scenes, but the romance between Sharpe and LaMarquesa was incredibly awkward and badly written . . . Sharpe's women make the Bond girls look like feminist icons!

In this story, you see the best and worst of the Sharpe series. The battle between Sharpe and the psychotic French spy, Leroux, is written very well. And Sharpe's love/hate relationship with Lord Spears is even better. But Sharpe and the Marquesa . . . sigh. You really have to wonder why Cornwell even bothers giving Sharpe a...more
Jon
A bit disappointed by Sharpe's dull-witted inability to see through the villainous schemes, given he had the information as we do, but I suppose it made for better drama and a "big reveal". Also disappointed by his cavalier disregard for fidelity. It felt in character, but I expected a bit more remorse.

Otherwise, a good read, really one of my favorites of the series so far.
Erica Verrillo
Cornwell really hit his stride with Sharpe's Sword. It has everything that has earned Cornwell his reputation as one of the top historical fiction writers today: a gripping plot, snappy dialogue, great characters, and, of course, a village that becomes "a killing ground ... spawned in a dark night of thunder, betrayal, and love." (Sigh.) In this novel, Sharpe is caught in a web of intrigue. His mission is to find and capture Leroux, a sadistic French officer whose knowledge of the names of Briti...more
Andrew A.
I LOVE these books! This is number 14 of 20 or so, and I think this is probably the most enjoyable since the first Sharpe story I ever read, Sharpe's Tiger. It's exciting and dramatic, it has a bit of everything for every reader. It can tend to get graphic, but the entire series is set on the battlefield and the towns and villages surrounding it. I actually got pretty emotional in this book, (SPOILER ALERT?) even though what I feared couldn't possibly be true, considering the number of books to...more
Christian
Another excellent story in the Richard Sharpe series. nesteled in teh Salamanca campaign of 1812 Cornwell places a espionage story, with an enemy that takes everything Sharpe can deal out.

I read teh book in a single flight from Europe and couldn't put it down until I was done.
Bonnie
I liked this book better than I thought I would. By midway through the book I had certain expectations for the plot based on previous books in this series or from different authors. I'm happy to say that things did not go the way I expected except in a couple respects: for one thing that the hero would survive, which of course is a given. For another...well, I won't reveal that but probably other readers will guess that one.
Peter Hall
This is the second time the Richard Sharpe will face off with Leroux Frances most deadly assasain. This man is also the biggest threat to Wellingtons Salamanca campaign. I truly enjoy how this book is more than a story of just a personal battle between sharpe and Leroux but he uses that to make the story. The reason for the Title Sharpe's Sword is because he and Leroux run into each other and get into a fight where Leroux ends up breaking Sharpe's Heavy cavalry sword with his klingenthal blade....more
Deanne
Rugged hero Check
Beautiful woman Check
Dastardly French baddie Check
Friendly Irish Sidekick Check
Battles and Derring Does Check

Another chance to march over the hills and far away with Sharpe and his company of rifleman, this time it's Salamanca.
Joel Larmour
Sharpe came closer to death in this one than in the other adventures so far. I found it to be a gripping adventure. The author has a gift for storytelling. After compulsively reading this 14th Sharpe volume I'm confident I'll get to the end of the 21 book series.
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwe...more
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