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Sharpe's Escape (Sharpe #10)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,633 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Only two obstacles stand between Napoleon's mighty army and its seemingly certain conquest of Portugal: a land wasted and stripped of food at Wellington's orders . . . and Captain Richard Sharpe. But perils from within and without threaten the bold captain of the Light Company -- the hatred and incompetence of a superior officer, the vicious treachery of a false ally . . ....more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Algernon

Keeping track of the various Sharpe books is not an easy task, as they tend to be repetitive in plot structure, usually having super-soldier Richard Sharpe caught up in a silent conflict with an officer on his own side and in an open conflict with a bully among the civilians. More often than not, there's also a damsell in distress that is about to be ravished by the bully and that will fall in love instead with the darkly handsome Sharpe.

It's easier to remember Sharpe's Escape by focusing inst...more
Bill
I've enjoyed every Sharpe adventure I've read so far. This was one of the more interesting one, Sharpe once again in action in Portugal. The history very interesting, dealing with Wellington's building of a fortress-like wall along the coast to keep the French from Lisbon and also destroying crops, foodstuff, etc on the French side of the wall to starve them into submission. In the midst of this, Sharpe is involved with traitorous Portuguese, saving a lovely English girl and trying to find his w...more
Sandi
Another entertaining historical tale. Started a bit slowly with Sharpe being stuck with the Regiment but luckily circumstances intervene and Sharpe gets to go off on his own, with just a bit of help, and do what he does best. Listened to the audio version read by the always impeccable Patrick Tull.
Ensiform
In Portugal in 1810, Sharpe is cut off from his South Essex regiment (which is, naturally, to be given to a higher class commander, who is, naturally, the colonel’s brother in law, not very good at battle and also a drunkard) and finds himself with Sergeant Harper and Vincente, an old Portuguese ally, behind French lines. They pursue a Portuguese major (who is, naturally, a traitor and has colluded with the French, and has a brother who is cruel to women, particularly one pretty woman who, natur...more
Rebecca
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Teresa
Bernard Cornwell is still my favourite writer as far as fighting is concerned - I believe him to be the only one who has made me want to read long fights and battles. That said, and being this the second Sharpe book I've read... Sharpe seemed to be the only competent fighter, while the rest ranged from slightly to completely incompetents. Allowance on the incompetence range is made to Harper and Wellington (although this one is obvioulsy untouchable due to hierarchy and Sharpe's personal respect...more
Tom Darrow
Not a bad work of historical fiction. It's written with enough detail to appeal to history buffs but in a style that is easy enough to read for non-experts. As with many of these books, the plot is a bit predictable... you always know that Sharpe will escape and get the girl in the process. You never really feel like he's in danger or get surprised by any of the plot elements. That doesn't make it an unenjoyable read... just one that isn't worthy of major awards.

The major drawback of this book w...more
Graham
I hadn’t read a Cornwell in a while so when I found SHARPE'S ESCAPE, I was eager for more action-packed historical hijinks. I got them. From the very start this is light, exciting entertainment with an action-oriented situation seemingly thrown in every few pages or so.

There’s a hulking Portuguese bad guy that needs sorting out and an excellent extended set-piece around the middle of the book which details the escape of the title – Sharpe and the people he’s with must escape from certain death...more
Deanne
Really 3.5 stars. Do enjoy watching Sharpe's career as he travels across Portugal and Spain. Already got the next one on order from the library.
Cromwell writes some very good battle scenes, and doesn't spare anyone from getting shot, even Sharpe gets wounded from time to time.
Ian Anderson
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James Bleecker
This book does not deter from the Sharpe formula which is why I love it. It contains the perfect blend of historic accuracies and tactical descriptions, and fictional adventure and drama. The battle descriptions are realistic and many of the British officers that play roles in the book were real people. In spite of all of this, it manages not to sound like a textbook describing a Napoleonic campaign. The descriptions although not beautiful and sparkling, paint a clear picture of the battles of t...more
Jane
The threads on women falling for soldiers who haven't bathed in months get old, but ignore those and you still have fun tales for airports, elliptical workouts, and evenings when you're too tired for Proust...
Phil
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Kate Sherrod
I am now officially obsessed with the Lines of Torres Vedras. Which is hilarious, since I'd never even heard of the Lines of Torres Vedras until a few weeks ago, when I read a highly fictionalized/romanticized version of one possible way those amazing fortification/lines of defense/great big military things were built and paid for in Sharpe's Gold. Now in Sharpe's Escape, I get a closer look at what they were for and how they were intended to -- and actually did -- work.

The principle, basically,...more
Joyce Lagow
No. 10 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]It� s still 1810, and the British Army and Captain Richard Sharpe are still in Portugal. Bought by Sharpe� s stolen gold, Wellington has had built enormous defences known as the Torres Vedras just north of Lisbon, constructed with Sharpe� s stolen gold. Wellington has ordered the Portuguese countryside stripped of all food, hoping in that manner to force the French to retreat out of starvation, since Napoleon� s army existed by living off the l...more
Kathy Davie
Tenth in the Richard Sharpe military fiction series revolving around Richard Sharpe, a captain now in Wellesley's forces in Portugal in September 1810.


My Take
Well, Sharpe got the girl again. I wonder what will happen with this one?!

As for this installment's pain in Sharpe's ass, it's brevette captain Cornelius Slingsby, a drunk and an idiot who must be related to Sir Henry Simmerson with his obsession with the rules and his need to be respected. He is at least braver than Simmerson…

I do love m...more
Blablabla Aleatório
As Aventuras de um Soldado nas Guerras Napoleônicas. Dificilmente o nome da série poderia defini-la tão bem. Claro que alguns dos livros não são exatamente sobre as Guerras Napoleônicas, mas a época ainda é a mesma, e a narrativa da série começou depois da Revolução Francesa.

Em setembro de 1810, as tropas de Arthur Wellesley estavam em Portugal, empenhadas em impedir o avanço do exército de Napoleão Bonaparte pela Europa continental. Naturalmente, é lá que encontramos Richard Sharpe.

Uma das estr...more
Jori Richardson
I picked this book up at a used bookstore, and it just happened to be the tenth in the series (something that has been happening to me a lot lately).
So I was here introduced to Captain Richard Sharpe, a ruthless soldier fighting in the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 Portugal. Besides battling the French, Sharpe has taken a disliking to a new captain, Slingsby, who is vying to take over his men, and has made an enemy of a traitor who is selling food to the French army.
This book wasn't lacking in action,...more
Ed
Jun 27, 2008 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers
Richard is back in the saddle again in this, the tenth book chronologically, in the series. After the disappointing "Sharpe's Gold", "Sharpe's Escape" is back in the groove.

The usual villains: arrogant British officers, untrustworthy allies, and evil French soldiers are all here as are the usual heroes and heroines: Jorge, the trustworthy Portuguese officer, Sarah, the virginal Brit, Joana, the victimized local girl and of course, Harper, Sharpe's Irish Sergeant sidekick.

The book actually cove...more
Amrlima
Não é um grande livro, mas entretém e é consideravelmente preciso no que diz respeito aos factos históricos. A trama é, no entanto, simples e os personagens pouco complexos e trabalhados. Perante os cenários de fome, destruição, morte, saque, violação a escrita de Bernard Cornwell parece-me sempre um pouco fria e distante. Há muitas formas de descrever as maiores atrocidades, e há escritores que consegue-nos quase transportar para onde elas acontecem e quando de lá saímos, saímos, pelo menos, co...more
Torben
Wie soll ich nur die Zeit bis zur nächsten Veröffentlichung überstehen? ;) Wieder ein tolles Lesevergnügen. Den ersten Teil fand ich etwas schwach, viel - zugegebenermaßen wieder sehr gut beschriebenes - Schlachtengetümmel. Nur es gibt keine noch keinen Auftrag, keine Geschichte. Als die Schlacht vorbei ist, im zweiten Teil des Romans spitzt es sich zu und wird immer besser. So gut, dass ich enttäuscht war, dass das Buch so schnell vorbei war und das nach dem längsten Sharpe-Buch, das Cornwell b...more
airdiogo
Para o 4º livro de Bernard Cornwell, este foi um dos que mais gostei.

Novamente baseado na personagem de Richard Sharpe e com o fundo histórico das invasões francesas por trás consegue sem se afastar da realidade histórica construir um romance empolgante e bastante cativante.

Aliás, este de todos os que já li até agora parece-me ser o romance que mais se aproxima dos factos históricos. Admito até que foi das melhores lições de história sobre as invasões francesas que tive.

Quanto ao romance, o auto...more
Jorgen Schäfer
Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Escape has Napoleon and his marshal within reach of their goal of total conquest of the Spanish peninsula. The British redcoats are retreating towards Lisbon. But they have a plan—the scorched earth should bring down the mighty armies of France down before they can fully defeat the defenders. But there is a spy among the British who is working to provide much-needed food to the French.

Part 10 of the Sharpe series, this once again demonstrates all that makes Cornwell o...more
Dark-Draco
I liked this story a lot. Sharpe makes an enemy of a treacherous Portuguese Major and his outlaw brother, when he thwarts their plans to sell Flour to the French. While the British are preparing to stop the French before the Lines of Torres Vedras, Sharpe, Harper, Vicente and two women they've picked up along the way, once again find themselves behind enemy lines. As they make their way back to the ranks, there is a chance for revenge on the brothers and the possibility to show up the drunken Ca...more
David
Book number 20 in Cornwell's Sharpe series, this is actually chronologically the 10th, and as such is set between the events of 'Sharpe's Gold' and 'Sharpe's Fury', with Napoleons French forces once again trying to invade Portugal.

The novel is split into three distinct sections, with the first section dealing with the battle of Bussaco, the middle part with the French occupation of Coimbria, and the final part outside the lines of Torres Vedras. As per usual, Sharpe (with Harper in tow) is in co...more
Jon
Enjoyed the titular escape part, though as often happens with Sharpe, it relied on some too-convenient plot elements. The rest of it was mediocre. Which, as always with this series, means plenty of action and occasionally funny dialogue, so it was worth reading.
Sandy
This is part of an epic, by numbers alone, series of books that remind me of listening to the radio episodes of Sargent Preston of the Yukon. One interesting sidelight: Gunpowder tea, with which I am familiar because I have a Gunpowder tea box in my living room, is aptly named. Soldiers in the Peninsular Wars carried cartridge pouches that held gunpowder in paper twists along with the bullet but they also carried loose tea leaves in the bottom of the pouch. Of course the gunpowder got mixed into...more
Edmond Dantes
Come sempre la narrativa storica inglese (e americana) riesce a combinare la precisione dei dati storici e la Plausibilità della parte narrativa; Sharpe al suo meglio, anche se, forse un pò troppo Rodomonte...
Sean Watson
While I've not read a Sharpe book that I didn't enjoy, I particularly loved this one. The idea of putting the profane Sharpe and Harper with a stilted, inflexible, holier-than-thou English nanny was pure gold.
Peter Hall
As the British are retreating and stripping the land of all usable material, Sharpe is trapped with a traitorous Portuguese Colonel who is plotting with his brother to provide the French with supplies necessary for their siege of Lisbon. Sharpe becomes involved in his own war within the war, with Ferragaus who is the Portuguese Colonels brother. With the help of Sargent Harper and some new allies they are able to foil the plans of Ferragaus. This book was very entertaining but wasn't one of my f...more
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