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Sharpe's Honour (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #16)

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Published (first published January 1st 1985)
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Kathy Davie
Aug 30, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sixteenth in the Richard Sharpe historical military fiction series revolving around Major Richard Sharpe and the Peninsular War against Napoleon.


My Take
It starts brutally, slips into cleverness, and then wallows in the greed of a priest with dreams of becoming a cardinal. Being a priest is no guarantee of being a Christian as Hacha proves.

The story starts with a battle and ends with another. One in which the men can become rich beyond their wildest dreams while other men's dreams are destroyed.
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Marcus
Oct 31, 2011 Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to add to what I have already written about Sharpe-series. It's like pop corn - once you start, you can't stop, but it will never really fill your belly. But as long as you take those books for what they are - a guilty pleasure and a quick, fun read - a book about Richard Sharpe is always an enjoyable experience.
Robert Krenzel
Aug 16, 2016 Robert Krenzel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am a fan of the Sharpe series, but this one seemed a bit forced to me. Even given Richard Sharpe's knack for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, the sequence of events that lead to his multiple apparent deaths are a bit far-fetched.
I also do not recall Cornwell using so many point of view shifts within single scenes. He does it about as well as can be done, but it is still somewhat distracting.
All that said, this is still a fun, quick read, with an extra helping of action. During the b
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Andrew
Sensational. Sharpe is at his best when he's battling a memorable foe, and aside from Obadiah Hakeswill (who, Cornwell unfortunately killed off in the last installment of the series, Sharpe's Enemy) , the French spy Pierre Ducos is about the best adversary the rifleman could have. In Sharpe's Honour, Ducos is at the centre of a plot to push the British army out of France before said army can dispatch the French from Spain.

Picking up soon after events in 'Sharpe's Enemy', a brooding, unhappy, fr
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Bjoern
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Mick
The battle of Vitoria, which takes place at the climax of Sharpe's Honour not only continues author Bernard Cornwell's tradition of writing excellent epic battles but actually raises the bar. That aside, this is an unusual entry in the series in that Major Richard Sharpe, now the South Essex's second in command, spends almost the entire book away from his Regiment, and some of it - due to a handy plot contrivance - dead.

This is all the result, naturally, of a conspiracy to undermine the British
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Darran Phelps
Oct 14, 2016 Darran Phelps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read another of this series of Bernard Cornwell books I approach it with an open mind, read it as if I had not seen the television series, and every time I have not been disappointed.
Bernard (if I may be so bold as to be so familiar) writes his books with an earthy grit that I find touches me inside. The main character Richard Sharpe has worked his way up from the gutter and now having done that he stands apart from his peers as he is true to his roots.
In this book he continues with
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Guy Lis
סדרות ארוכות הן נקודה חלשה של הרבה סופרים. בהרבה מקרים הסופר מאבד את התמקדותו בעלילה הראשית לאור כל העלילות המשניות, וחוזר על עצמו כל ספר וספר עם תיאור חוזר של דמויות (לדוגמת סדרת כישור הזמן), בהרבה מקרים הדמויות בסדרה הופכות פחות מעניינות, חוזרות על עצמן והקריאה עליהן הופכת מייגעת (דוגמת סדרת חרב האמת), אף יש מקרים שבהן סדרה לא מאבדת מעוצמתה (אף שעדיין בהרבה מקרים הספר הראשון הוא הכי מוצלח ), כמו בסדרת שיר של אש וקרח.
במקרה זה ספר זה הוא השביעי!!! בסדרה של ספרים המהווים רומנים הסטורים בתקופת איר
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
16th in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]Sharpe s Honor does not depend so much on battle scenes (although there is one) for its excitement as it does on the ability of Sharpe to get himself involved in impossible, self-destructive situations thanks to his low flash-point temper and his never-failing lust for women. This time, he fights a duel (strictly against Wellington s general orders), is accused of, tried for, and hanged for the murder of a Spanish grandee he did not commit, thank ...more
Rebecca
Oct 03, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action, drama, romance and some slightly sexier scenes for our dear Sharpe (and a bottle of Champagne). He is damn lucky and it's been great to see how much faith Harper has in him. I'd love to see that relationship really tested somehow, but these books are addicting. I'm conscious that I am reaching the end of the series and that knowledge is wholly depressing. I want Sharpe to have endless adventures. As for the Golden Whore, she's actually a character I somewhat like and I rarely like female ...more
Graham
Jul 08, 2010 Graham rated it really liked it
SHARPE'S HONOUR follows on from the previous entry in the series, SHARPE'S ENEMY, and offers something a little different from the usual. Although the story is top and tailed by a couple of (brief) battle scenes - as is the norm for this series - the heart of the narrative is something else entirely. This is a 'wronged man' story, with Sharpe at the mercy of invisible enemies and forced to go on the run to prove his innocence. The NORTH BY NORTHWEST of Sharpe books, if you will.

I think the diffe
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Ed
Jun 17, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#16 in the Richard Sharpe series chronologically (and #6 in publication order). It's mid-1813 and Wellington's British army is finally ousting the French army from Spain and bringing the Portuguese and Spanish phase of the Peninsular War to a close. Now the British army (and Richard Sharpe, of course) is about to invade France bringing the war to Napoleon's home ground.

Richard Sharpe and the Vitoria Campaign, February to June 1813 - Major Pierre Ducos plans to make a peace between France and Spa
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Rog
Aug 30, 2013 Rog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Sharpe’s Honor” is loaded with ironic situations. The whole series is based on the irony that the 19th century British Empire reigning aristocracy is protected, maintained and made wealthy by army soldiers and navy sailors that are made up of the lowest of the social classes. And, they are fighting against the armies of France where social revolution ousted the aristocracy. Of course, Emperor Bonaparte and French imperialism is a different kind of menace. In this story, the following ironic sit ...more
Larry
Feb 14, 2016 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book #16 – and I’m still enjoying them. If fact, this is one of my favorites.

Over the years, as good of a fighter as he is, Sharpe has become a good strategist as well. He is well respected by others in the Army – a soldier's soldier. Yet, a prideful duel begets a court-martial and he is sentenced to death (!) which (of course) turns into a secret mission. A nasty character from the prior book returns (of course) and that French spy seeks revenge (of course). … This may all seem too cont
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Alger
Jan 30, 2016 Alger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thus ends the Peninsular War, with the pillage of the Royal baggage train in the chaos of Vitoria.

Before that we have another plot that separates Sharpe from the actual responsibilities of his high rank, and throws him into the path of danger. Unlike other Sharpe novels, this one felt forced and there were a whole lot of narrow misses that put Buster Keaton to shame (view spoiler)
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Suvi
May 24, 2013 Suvi rated it it was ok
I know the earlier Sharpe books have their fans, but I have to say I didn't really enjoy this one. Maybe it's because I've read too many of the books and they're starting to feel formulaic. In any case, I had almost finished the book before I realised that I'd already listened to the audiobook but hadn't remembered a single thing about it... Maybe the balance between info dumps and action is off, maybe it's just not that engaging. There are good ideas in the book, but the execution doesn't quite ...more
Zane
Too much extra information, the book was not completely necessary to the series.
Ed
Dec 17, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in Historical Fiction, Cornwell's novels, and the Napoleonic Wars
Another in the series. This one is different from many of the others because the focus is on the lovely courtesan , Helene, as much as on Sharpe. Richard is definitely in lust with this woman and freely acknowledges the fact while still putting himself in extreme danger in order to rescue her, not once, but twice.

The battle scenes are far less drawn out here. Nevertheless there is a considerable amount of gratuitous violence. The French arch-villain, Ducos shows up again determined to get his re
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Michael Connery

Bernard Cornwell’s 'Sharpe’s Honor' is the sixteenth in his series following the adventures of Richard Sharpe throughout the Peninsular Wars.

The book is full of the usual bravado, but it detours from Cornwell’s typical formula, as Sharpe is not in the midst of battle throughout the story. The plot centers on a conspiracy to undermine the British war effort, and Sharpe is in the thick of the intrigue and on a quest to prove his innocence, regain his honor, and return to his regiment. As such, t
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Marko
Oct 20, 2013 Marko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given the bland praise given to this story by The Independent ("Sharpe is surrounded by enemies, both his own and the opposition, and events move at their usual breathless pace") I was not expecting to read one of the better Sharpe books in the series. This time, Sharpe spends most of the time away from the rest of the Riflemen and receives more beatings than perhaps a mortal man should, but the story keep you glued to the pages until you reach the end - which is rather a typical description of ...more
Dark-Draco
Another excellent story - it moves away from the bigger battles (except right at the very end), but still serves up a rip-roaring treat! Sharpe is tricked into a duel, but it is stopped before either man is killed. However, when his opponent is found dead, he is the chief suspect. Sentenced to hang, he is rescued by Wellington, who wants him to go behind enemy lines and find out what is actually going on. Under a new name, he meets old friends and enemies, and has to stop a plan that could end t ...more
Ronald Wise
One of a large collection of historical fiction featuring British officer Richard Sharpe at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century during the Napoleonic wars. This book takes place in 1813 as the French are withdrawing from Spain in a civil war between French- and British-supported factions in a war of succession to the throne. For most of the book I kept suspecting that it had been written as the basis for an hour-long television show (which it later became), but eventual ...more
Jeff Yoak
In Sharpe's Honour, Richard Sharpe is faced with a conflict between his gritty ability to survive and the requirements of his honor as a soldier and an officer. While the Sharpe series is driven by the action in his life, sometimes this comes at a cost of not delving very deep into his character. This novel digs deeper into what makes Sharpe what he is. Of course, he ultimately avoids the nasty conflict. It brings to mind the quote from Robert Heinlein, "It is better to be a live jackal than a l ...more
Barrie Bromley
Aug 27, 2015 Barrie Bromley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The newly promoted Major Richard Sharpe is accused of the murder of Spanish nobleman, the husband of one of his relatively recent paramours. He his found guilty and sentenced to a loss of rank and a public hanging. It turns out that this is all part of a plot engineered by Sharpe's for, Major Pierre Ducos. The French Major hopes that Sharpe bing hanged will cause the Spanish people to turn against Wellington's army and kick them out of Spain. This will allow the French to maintain a foothold on ...more
Peter Hall
Dec 01, 2012 Peter Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is a book where Cornwell does not go with the usual storyline but this book really gives you another view of how Sharpe gets into self destructive situations. In this book he is accused of a murder after he fought a duel against the strict orders of General Wellington and then he is convicted stripped of his commission and sentenced to hanging. With the help of his friends he is able to escape and miss his hanging but now he must use his specialized skills that he acquired as a child to ...more
Sandy
Oct 14, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernard Cornwell doesn't use introspection much in his writing but the glimpses he gives of his character's character are little gems that satisfy my curiosity about what makes Richard Sharpe, the main character, tick beside being a well-trained and committed soldier. This book gave insight into Richard Sharpe, the soldier, up-from-the-ranks hero. If you are going to read a long series of books that revolve around a character, it seems fitting that the reader would know enough about the main cha ...more
Cate
Jan 09, 2016 Cate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting--once again I'm captivated by Sharpe and Harper's adventures. I still can't imagine the sheer enormity of wealth that was plundered at Vittoria in Spain. I also can't believe the idea of spies in those times--then again, I can't believe that one former KGB spy was killed in 2006 with radioactive polonium in his tea. I guess we humans haven't changed much at all. Also, the book provides an interesting perspective on individual morality and one's personal sense of honor. Enjoyed it ver ...more
Kevin Findley
Very enjoyable and just a lot of fun! Sharpe does his best Moor and Hun imitation and kicks in the doors to a convent. I laughed throughout that entire passage of the book.

Some readers and even fans of the character may be put off at how easily Richard appears to put his daughter and late wife behind him, but it's very accurate in my opinion. Sharpe did everything he could to see his child has the best life possible and then "let the dead bury their dead". Harsh, but necessary when he is respon
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Steve
Jun 01, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
A fun installment in an entertaining fictional historical series. On the one hand, Cornwell, over time, has permitted his characters to become so much larger than life, so vivid, so robust, so cunning, that they feel like parading caricatures. Conversely, Cornwell understands what his readers enjoy, and he dishes it out in large ladles. It's always fascinating to see which characters (and, here, objects) Cornwell jettisons with the swipe of a pen, and which he retains for further use. This won't ...more
Phil
Nov 08, 2011 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 birth mother's maiden n ...more
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