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Sharpe's Revenge (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #19)

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It is 1814 and the defeat of Napolean seems imminent - if the well-protected city of Toulouse can be conquered. For Richard Sharpe, the battle turns out to be one of the bloodiest of the Peninsula Wars, and he must draw on his last reserves of strength to lead his troops to victory.

But before Sharpe can lay down his sword, he must fight a different sort of battle. Accused

Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Penguin Books (first published 1989)
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Sep 27, 2014 Marko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first run of Cornwell's Sharpe novels continues to entertain. Unlike the author's late additions to the series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, these novels still have a good sense of adventure and characterisation - a soul, in short.

Revenge is a unique book in the series, in the sense that most of it concentrates on the Peace of 1814 when Napoleon has been exiled to Elba. Sharpe's main goal is to clear his name and search for his longtime enemy, but the story gives plenty of time to chara
I'm reading these all out of order... Oh, well. The last one I read was set in India, at the beginning of Sharpe's adventures as a rifleman in the British army, while this book is set toward the end of the Napoleonic wars. I have no idea how Sharpe acquired a wife, or got promoted to Major, for that matter, tho' I can guess thanks to the author's adroit storytelling. Here, Sharpe finds himself ironically pursuing the enemy after peace is declared--and the Emperor's treasure chest has gone missin ...more
An atypical Sharpe outing, in which characterisation takes precedence over plotting. The resultant book is one with an extremely brief and thin plot, which barely gets a look in when there's so much going on elsewhere: the introduction of a pivotal French family in the supporting cast, an epic and seemingly climatic battle at Toulouse, the frenetic climax and the emphasis on romance.

In short, SHARPE'S REVENGE marks an attempt by Cornwell to get to know his characters at a greater depth as he loo
Jun 11, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe novels seem to get better as they go. The scene here is the Battle for Toulouse, which was actually fought after Napoleon had surrendered -- but French Marshal Soult, charged with defending the city, did not know or believe that to be the case. After the battle, one of Wellington's most hard-fought victories, Sharpe is blamed by one of his arch-enemies, Major Ducos, for stealing Napoleon's treasure. He makes a plausible case and points all the evidence Sharpe's ...more
A.b. Bright
'Ware Spoilers.

I liked this one a lot better then some of the ones that were later shoe-horned in, but it's a transitional period for Sharpe and the book suffers for it. It's not as solid as Rifles, Eagle, or Gold, but enjoyable all of the same.

I think it suffered a good bit because, again, Sharpe's "woman" is somehow forced out of the picture and replaced, with not much angst on either part. Must all women but Richard's sainted dead wife be out to hurt men?
I also felt that the focus on Sweet W
Feb 27, 2016 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I’m STILL hooked and immediately started this, the 19th book in the series. Nevertheless, as good as Cornwell is, perhaps I should have added a few different authors into my reading list … but now, I HAVE to know how the author ends everything.

Sharpe, now a married man, has concerns before battle … he’s no longer the foolhardy warrior he once was. (Or is he?) But, as Napoleon abdicates to Elba and there’s peace – after 20 years of war – everything has changed. (As the army disbands, most wiv
This is not one of the best of the series. I think it focuses far too much on Sharpe's personal woman woes and not enough on the intrigue and fighting. I could also be holding against the book that one of my favorite characters is killed right at the beginning and that Harper has such a small part but on the other hand I'm pretty happy about which woman he ends up with so, I think it's just not as good as the others.
Barrie Bromley
Jan 05, 2016 Barrie Bromley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 'little project', to read all of the Sharpe novels in chronological sequence, is coming to an end. The are just two novels left to read. These I will read in the coming weeks.

Reading in the chronological sequence is important as it provides a start, with Sharpe's first appearance in India and, continues through the Peninsular War, the first defeat of Napoleon through to the Battle of Waterloo and beyond. However, not all of the books were written in strict chronological order. Yes, many of t
This episode in Sharpe's adventures is probably as good a story as most of the rest. I was uncomfortable with all the deviations in characters' behavior and choices. Perhaps Cornwell wanted to illustrate that, whereas we all know that war changes persons, peacetime does as well. However, for me it didn't float.
Honza Prchal
Feb 21, 2016 Honza Prchal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cornwell likes to switch up his narrative structure. Here, he begins with the climactic battle and ends with the personal details. It is effective, and deeply moving, even the bits one merely infers after the fact as the main characters discuss them afterwards.
For once the tragic death is almost kind, and deliberately anti-climactic instead of wrenching. Just sad and very, very real, as almost all of Cornwell's deaths are
The little details, like ships in Southern France and Northern Italy huggin
Jan 24, 2011 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My least-favourite so far of the Sharpe novels. This one seemed to lack the usual sense of fun and adventure in all the novels of the series.
Sep 19, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So as not to spoil things, all I'll say about why I've rated this one so much lower is that I didn't like how a certain character developed. At all.
Apr 25, 2011 Sho rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, historical, sharpe
3rd from last... I'd say this was the weakest, plot-wise of all the Sharpe books. Certainly it would be the last one I choose to read.

Marking time with this series by this stage - bring on Waterloo!
Sean Watson
I found this the weakest of all the Sharpe books. Not coincidentally, I'm sure, it takes place during the peace after the war. While the suffering from battle is largely absent since there aren't any, Cornwell injects a lot of suffering into the civilian lives of most of the characters in this book. I can't say more without spoilers, but I was very bothered by several turns this book took. It removed some of the appreciation of some of my favorite characters. Still, one bad book out of 20 is a p ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 23, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernard Cornwell can do no wrong in my eyes. Another Sharpe adventure and this time Ducos is behind it. Sharpe's personal life is falling to pieces and all-in-all I enjoyed this tale. It did not quite have the swashbuckling feel that others had, but I think that reflects on Richard's character development. He is older, he wants his quiet little house in the country, there is less time for the humour, laughing in the face of danger and not caring. Because Sharpe does care and though Jane - as I k ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No. 19 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]I simply don t know how Cornwell does it. He manages to turn out book after book in this series of consistently excellent quality, with taut writing, interesting characters, and page-turning plots. Sharpe s Revenge is no different.[return][return]Napoleon s defeat seems imminent, but, Sharpe has more personal concerns; the book opens with what turns out to be a hilarious duel (in its outcome) between Sharpe and Captain Bampfylde, the leader of ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Mick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's 1814 and Europe is at last at peace. Napoleon has finally abdicated and been sent into exile on Elba and the monarchy is restored in Paris after a generation of war. Peace mean different things to different people. For Wellington, it means being the toast of Europe. For the enlisted men of his army, it means a return to a civilian life of poverty or riches depending on their skill at looting. For Richard Sharpe, who like the rest of the world at this point has never heard of a place in Belg ...more
The end of the war has finally arrived - the English army is being disbanded and sent home. Sharpe, Fredrickson and Harper are looking forward to going home, even though it means leaving friendships behind. After quarrelling with Jane, Sharpe is keen to get back to England and to the farmhouse in Dorset she had gone back to buy. But on the docks, Sharpe and Fredrickson are arrested, accused of stealing gold that had been hidden in the fort they had been trapped in during their previous adventure ...more
Oct 07, 2009 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
The book opens with Sharpe fighting a duel ("grass before breakfast" in the jargon of the time) with Captain Bampfylde who, in the previous volume Sharpe's Siege, had taken his ship away leaving Sharpe to defend a fort that had been ruined.

The duel is followed by the battle for Toulouse which was fought days after Napoleon had abdicated. All of this is prologue to a plot by the hated and long time enemy of Sharpe, Pierre Ducos, to steal a large quantity of gold and have the theft blamed on Sharp
Jul 09, 2012 Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've re-read it for the third time, so here goes. Minor spoilers ahead.

Sharpe, now a Major of his regiment, begins the novel scouring the Spanish-French frontier of Napoleon's retreating troops. But after many battles in Portugal and Spain he begins to feel trepidation about his one -and possibly last- battle, which turns out to be Toulouse. Cornwell does a credible job conveying the anxiety of an (older) soldier who fears that his luck at escaping the Grim Reaper could run out at any time.

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Englishmen in Toulouse, Prussians in Paris -- there are foreigners everywhere, and for Napoleon the war is over. Not for Sharpe, though, not by a long shot. His old enemy Pierre Ducos has seen fit to ensnare Sharpe one last time before the piece is signed, and it will cost Sharpe more than he ever imagined. Sharpe’s Siege takes the reader through what seem to be the last skirmishes of the war, and then into the peace, which is far more dangerous. Accused of murder and grand theft, Sharpe is left ...more
Great way to walk through British military history

I am not a historian of any knife, but Cornwell's characters and events bring an era to life for me. I like Richard Sharpe, the ever human and heroic protagonist and I appreciate the unique vocabulary of his time and place. I will continue to read the Sharpe series. This book fell in line and didn't disappoint.
Jul 26, 2015 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this book, Mr. Cornwell is nearing the end of his Sharpe saga. This is one of the strongest entries in the series. The story offers battle, thievery, romance, a revenge quest and much more in a well-balanced mix, all served up with Mr. Cornwell's usual flair and historical detail.
Jun 05, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my mind, this book could be divided up into two parts, part 1 being the battle for Toulouse and the subsequent standing down of a war-time army into a peace-time army and then part 2 being Sharpe's Revenge.

Part 1 was outstanding and if Cornwell had been my History professor, I would actually have attended class and done the work! His descriptions of not just the battles but the emotions and thoughts of those participating in it have you on the edge of your seat. The army's transition into a
Jeremy Langer
Another gem

If you're a fan of historical fiction the Sharpe books are the answer. Well crafted tales, easily read and superbly developed characters. The books take liberties on the timeline and with some of the details, but are altogether very accurate.
Peter Hall
Dec 01, 2012 Peter Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the defeat of Napoleon's armies imminent Sharpe is accused of stealing Napoleon's personal treasure by again Major Pierre Ducos who laid a trail of clues that lead back to Sharpe. Sharpe is again captured and escapes to clear his name with only the skills that he developed over his years living on the streets and in the army. Sharpe also has to deal with a wife Jane that is spending his money on high-living in London when all Sharpe wants is a nice country home. So as he, Harper and Fredric ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a historian of any kind, but Cornwell's characters and events bring an era to life for me. I like Richard Sharpe, the ever human and heroic protagonist and I appreciate the unique vocabulary of his time and place. I will continue to read the Sharpe series. This book fell in line and didn't disappoint.
Jul 02, 2012 Daleb. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon., July 2, 2012
I like this very much over the movie...they just changed way too much from the book and left out way too much in the movie.
Spoiler alert ;oP
That being said, I Luved that in the movie he got back at his (slut of a) wife, just a bit. Whereas in the book he just basically said, "piss off down the road" to her and the bastard she was with (my choice of words/neither one of you're worth my trouble or effort, was his attitude).
Well, Waterloo was next on the list but it's also not ava
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who 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, C ...more
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