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Sharpe's Fury (Sharpe #11)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  4,002 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Richard Sharpe, the former private in His Majesty's army who now commands a company of riflemen, finds himself fighting his old enemies, the French, in 1811.

Sharpe has been sent by Wellington on a mission to Cádiz, now the capital of Spain, to rescue the British ambassador -- who happens to be Wellington's brother -- from a spot of undiplomatic trouble. The city has been b
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published August 22nd 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2005)
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Either this is one of the better entries into the series, or the longer pause I've decided to take between installments has made me more indulgent towards this slightly formulaic and hero worshipping historical account of the Napoleonic Wars. The books have this advantage of being in general self-contained episodes, so a new reader could jump in at any point. I preferred to start chronologically, and there are advantages in this also, mainly in background stories for secondary characters.

Another enjoyable, if formulaic, entry in the Sharpe series, although the title is a misnomer. We've seen a lot more fury from Sharpe in other books; this one would have been more aptly named Sharpe's Aggravation.

Along with the usual gripping battle scenes, all the ingredients are here:
- Terse, facetious dialog between Sharpe & Harper and the riflemen
- A pompous commanding officer who dislikes Sharpe and nearly gets the company killed
- A Wellesley with a secret assignment (although it's the
Another decent Sharpe offering. One has to realise that all these books are written to a similar formula – Sharpe’s involved in treachery and corruption, makes lots of enemies, faces defeat and suffering before winning despite overwhelming odds, and then the whole thing’s topped off by a massive battle.

SHARPE'S FURY is no exception, providing the reader with a weasel of a villain, a great set-piece involving a half-ruined cathedral and its crypt, an effective big battle at the climax which is f
Kate Sherrod
There isn't a great deal of fury going on in this eleventh (chronologically) Richard Sharpe novel, but at this point it must have started getting difficult to come up with titles? Maybe?

At any rate, Sharpe's Fury is, well, another Sharpe novel, in which much the sort of thing that happens in other Sharpe novels, happens again. He survives the nearly fatal incompetence of yet another highly placed British officer and manages to distinguish himself in doing so. He gets suckered into a decidedly no
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Natürlich wieder 5 Sterne, weil ich Sharpe liebe, auch wenn es vielleicht nicht das beste Buch der Serie ist. Aber warum eigentlich nicht? Besonders ist vor allem, dass der Roman dreigeteilt ist. Erst ein Abenteuer zum Reinkommen und Antagonisten vorstellen, dann ein Spionage-, Geheimauftrag in der Mitte und dann natürlich Schlachtenbeschreibung, ohne die Sharpe nicht Sharpe wäre. Durch diese drei eigentlich unterschiedlichen Teile hat die Geschichte nicht ganz den Fluss, unterscheidet es aber a ...more
Highly enjoyable, especially the first half in which Sharpe foils a malevolent Spaniard's plans to expose a British diplomat's dalliance with a comely prostitute by publishing his foolish letters to her (this all takes place during the Napoleonic era). Plenty of action and fighting as the British and the Spanish join forces (sort of) against "the French bastards", as Sharpe and his trusty riflemen refer to them.
As much fun as one can have in the world of Richard Sharpe.

For anyone familiar with the books, this is obviously a late work in the series since there are frequent call backs to previous adventures and women that Sharpe loved. As a result this book feels more developed while also softer and reminiscent than the earlier books where cries of "Kill The B@st@rds" filled entire pages.

For anyone not familiar with the series, or only knows it from the BBC series, this is not the best book to jump into
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Natürlich wieder 5 Sterne, weil ich Sharpe liebe, auch wenn es vielleicht nicht das beste Buch der Serie ist. Aber warum eigentlich nicht? Besonders ist vor allem, dass der Roman dreigeteilt ist. Erst ein Abenteuer zum Reinkommen und Antagonisten vorstellen, dann ein Spionage-, Geheimauftrag in der Mitte und dann natürlich Schlachtenbeschreibung, ohne die Sharpe nicht Sharpe wäre. Durch diese drei eigentlich unterschiedlichen Teile hat die Geschichte nicht ganz den Fluss, unterscheidet es aber a ...more
Kathy Davie
First read 23 Jan 2009. Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history.

Eleventh in the historical military fiction series revolving around Captain Richard Sharpe and the Peninsular War. It's March 1811 and the British Army is intending to keep Cádiz.

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Typical. It is interesting that Cornwell makes all the incompetent generals assholes and all the competent ones are either down-to-earth or realistic about war. Moon's biggest problem is his class and his own selfish, racist, myopic c
This is a new adventure that slots well into the chronology of the other books. It's 1811 and the war seems lost. All Spain has fallen to the French, except for Cadiz which is now the Spanish capital and is under siege. Wellington and his British army are in Portugal, waiting for spring to spark the war to life again. Sharpe and his company are part of a small expeditionary force sent to break a bridge across the River Guadiana. What begins as a brilliant piece of soldiering turns into disaster ...more
Nathan Trachta
Something I've enjoyed for a number of years is the pleasure of Mr. Cornwell's Sharpes Rifles series. Recently I picked up Sharpes Fury to reacquaint myself with Mr. Sharpe and his erstwhile riflemen.

To help everyone get on the same page, Sharpes Fury takes place during the siege of Cadiz and the battle of Barrosa (1811). In this case, Mr. Sharpe and his riflemen aide a British gentleman in Cadiz; then the British troops at Barrosa (after all, what would a Sharpe book be without Mr. Sharpe help
Mar 24, 2009 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction and Cornwell fans
It seems that this volume in the Richard Sharpe Series, published in 2006, was written almost as an afterthought. In the Historical Notes, Cornwell admits that, after visiting the Cadiz area, he could not resist writing about one more battle: in this case Barossa.

The battle of Barossa happened in 1811, at the low ebb of British fortunes in the Peninsular War. Cornwell's description of it, accompanied by an excellent map, is outstanding. As good as any battle scenes Cornwell has tackled.

The stor
Charles Moore
I've enjoyed a few Sharpe adventures so. While somewhat (well, very, really) predictable they are fun to read with a thread of war, romance, and heroism woven throughout. Sharpe is in Cadiz this time. He gets around a lot! The government is not the best nor the worst. The Spanish and the French don't get along, sort of. And there's blackmail and a beautiful woman, of course. Typical Sharpe story.

But, I liked it! The history is fascinating. The settings are one of a kind.
This, apparently, is the 18th book in the Sharpe series. I was surprised to hear that the number is that high because over the years I've read them all.

I agree with other critics that Cromwell writes all the Sharpe books on a basic formulaic template, but nevertheless they are entertaining and---as other readers have noted---a good way to learn about an era in history that you might not normally have been exposed to.

Having said that, this is pretty standard Sharpe fare. Although I'm not an exper
A reluctant three. Most of this book was rather disappointing, dealing with political concerns about the English/Spanish alliance against the French, and a major subplot requiring Sharpe to mount a non-military exercise to reclaim some indiscreet letters written by the English ambassador to his Spanish girlfriend. Not very interesting. The battle sequences in the last hundred pages or so was vintage Cornwell, but it took a lot of work to reach that point.
Richard Sharpe and his Rifleman manage their usual entertaining exploits and the details of the Battle of Barrosa were quite interesting. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Steven Crossley who was quite good and it was nice that the audio was dedicated to the usual narrator of the series, Patrick Tull, who passed away before this book was published.
Sharpe is one of those men you wouldn't like to meet in a dark alley or in a dark cathedral. A hard man to kill either on a battlefield or in the sprawling maze of Cadiz.
Fast paced, though there is the usual formula, beautiful woman, enemy with a face and superior officer whose as much use as a chocolate saucepan. Do enjoy them though because I'm learning about the peninsula wars, and I love history.
Oct 04, 2007 Don rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction buffs
Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series about the trials, tribulations and love affairs of a fierce British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars is very enjoyable.

Cornwell has the formula down pat. Stick Sharpe (and his roughneck buddies) in a desperate battle and watch them kick ass. There's always a lady involved who becomes enamored, for a while, of the soldier with the rough edges. There's always a foppish and vengeful upper class twit of an officer who is one upped by Sharpe.

It's formulaic but the histo
Another average entry. I thought the dialogue and banter was more amusing than usual, but the rest of it didn't come off so well. Another too-convenient romance, an entirely unsympathetic villain, and the usual bungling, arrogant higher ups.
A disappointingly weak addition to the Sharpe series. Unfortunately, it is all too clear that, as Cornwell explains in his historical notes, he visited the area of Barrosa on a personal trip and decided to "force" Sharpe to come to the area as well. The whole adventure seems a bit forced because of this, starting from how Sharpe ends up in the area in the first place. The middle part is pretty nice reading when Sharpe solves a problem for his superiors but when this plot ends, all that is left i ...more
Sharpe's Fury tells the tale of a crucial turning point in the Penninsular War against Napoleon's armies - the 1811 Battle of Barrossa. Spain (or the Spain that was allied with Britain) was reduced to a foothold in Cadiz. The British won (with virtually no Spanish help) and a tide was turned. The battle also featured the first 'eagle' taken by the British. A wonderful series.
Sam Reaves
As a history buff and sucker for swashbuckling tales, I'm a big fan of Cornwell's series featuring Richard Sharpe, a British army officer during the Napoleonic Wars. Sharpe is an unlikely officer, a London orphan risen from the enlisted ranks and scorned by his upper-class colleagues, but of course he can outfight any of them. Cornwell plays to our modern sympathies while weaving historical fact with hard-nosed action tales. Like most of the books in the series, this one takes place in Spain dur ...more
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The most recently published (first in 2006) of the Sharpe novels, this is chronologically the 11th by setting (after "Sharpe's Escape", but before "Sharpe's Battle").

The novel is split into three distinct sections: the first dealing with a British sortie from their Portuguese strongholds to break a bridge over the River Guadiana and providing a reason for Sharpe and his compatriats to end up in Spain (Cadiz), the second with (fictional) events in that city, and the final section with the actual
Steven Yenzer
This one felt more like the Sharpe I like -- no contrived romance, a female character who has at least a little control over her own destiny, and a big set-piece battle at the end.
Carly Thompson
Historical Adventure Fiction. The last published Sharpe novel (but set in the middle chronologically) this book follows the exploits of Richard Sharpe in Cadiz, Spain in 1811. Sharpe is tasked with helping rescue some incriminating letters written by Henry Wellesley (a diplomat and the brother of the Duke of Wellington). There is also a battle against the French forces near the end of the novel.

This is a well-written, historically accurate novel set during the Napoleonic Wars. Sharpe is a gruff
Peter Hall
This is where the series starts to change from a story about just Sharpe to a story about Sharpe and Harper and their exploits together. In this story Sharpe is sent personally by Lord Wellington to help rescue a British ambassador from the new Capital of Spain. It just so happens that the ambassador is Lord Wellingtons Brother. This story has many twists and turns because all of the characters seem to have a weak spot for good looking women. With all of these things happening Sharpe almost forg ...more
I could find things to complain about this novel, but why bother. it's a hugely entertaining, informative and enjoyable read. So there.
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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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