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Sharpe's Devil (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #21)

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Sharpe and Patrick Harper set sail for Chile in order to track down a friend gone missing. As a favor to Napoleon, they carry a seemingly harmless gift with them--one that embroils them in a web of conspiracy and danger.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published 2001 by Harper Collins Publishers (first published 1992)
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Jason Koivu
A surprisingly sharp-written later novel in the long-running Sharpe series!

Stop, stop...I need to apologize for that horrible previous line.

I'm sorry.

Okay, continue:

I didn't expect much from Sharpe's Devil, because the war is over. The very basis for these novels' existence is gone. Napoleon has been defeated and it's time for old soldiers to go home.

That's just where former British Army officer Richard Sharpe is when duty calls yet again. The wife of an estranged friend desperately wants to k
Oct 21, 2012 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If SHARPE'S WATERLOO was the rip-roaring climax to Bernard Cornwell's series of Napoleonic War novels, then SHARPE'S DEVIL is the action-packed epilogue. The story, which is set five years after Waterloo, involves Sharpe's run-in with the Emperor himself and subsequent adventures in the Chilean War of Independence with Spain.

I won't spoil the story, which was completely unknown to me before I started reading, only to say that Sharpe fits it like a glove. Okay, so it's a little odd that he's not
That....was one of the most boring books I've ever listened to. Even being abridged (All the good & important stuff left in, yeah? Isn't that how it goes?) and read by Sean "Sex On Legs Whose Voice Makes Me Puddle" Bean couldn't save it.

Beats me why Cornwell's books are so beloved. I can't get into his writing, no matter how hard I try. I hear his Uhtred books are Teh Awsum, but I'll take y'alls words for it. Not going there myself. I fall asleep too easily enough as it is.
Oct 22, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waterloo is a memory. Sharpe meets an ailing Napoleon on St Helena before heading into new and violent experiences in Chile. " Fix your bayonets, men!" Sharpe is in Chile to find an old comrade in arms, Don Blas Vivar, but gets caught up in the Chilean revolutionary war. This book acts as a kind of epilogue to the Sharpe saga spanning several books and reaching a climax at Waterloo. Sharpe meets Thomas Cochrane, a former Lord, who has thrown in his lot with the Chilean rebels against the Spanish ...more
May 31, 2016 Marko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's taken me years to read through this series in chronological order (I was reading other stuff as well - I'm not _that_ slow a reader!). The road has been bumpy to say the least, as it included Cornwell's later additions to the storyline (stories inserted into the gaps between his original series) that were almost all of them disappointing. Not that the original series was without fault either, but it included quite a few very enjoyable tales.

The Devil begins with Sharpe's meeting with Napole
Aug 22, 2010 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction, Napoleonic Wars and Cornwell fans.
As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end." The Richard Sharpe series certainly qualifies. This is volume 21 if you list them chronologically, although it was the 13th he wrote.

Many years ago, I picked this book up at a used bookstore and read it long before I had any idea who Bernard Cornwell was or Richard Sharpe, either. At the time, I though it was a pretty good book but it didn't motivate me to pursue Cornwell's offerings like reading Stonehenge did many years later.

I've no
Jan 01, 2012 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this is the last of the major Sharpe novels. I've read them all chronologically from beginning to end including the short stories, so I've been living and breathing Sharpe for about 5 months almost to the the day. It'll be weird not going to bed and enjoying his exploits.

This novel takes place about 5 years after Waterloo, with an aging, but still tough as nails Sharpe, and a very tubby Harper. The majority of the story takes place in Chili with Sharpe looking to find out just what has happ
Nov 06, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have finally finished reading the entire Richard Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell. It has taken me two years to do so (at an average of a book a month), but I soldiered on -- with glee. I guess that Richard Sharpe is everything I'm not, but everything I've always wanted to be: tall, thin, with a full head of hair, brave, resourceful, strong, and so on. But then, the pictures of Cornwell that I've seen makes me think he is as much a prisoner of wish-fulfillment as I am. Hélas!

Sharpe's Devil is
Honza Prchal
Oct 16, 2016 Honza Prchal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is, as ever, sad to get to the end of an excellent series (I've go to get the short story, Sharpe's Christmas and one or two other such missed elements out of the way).
This one had more of a broad view and lacked some of the snap of the best of the series ... and taught the reader, or me, anyhow, less about warfare. That may be a problem particular to me, however, since I read the entire Aubrey-Maturin series, which recounts almost all of Cochrane's naval and amphibious warfare exploits, only
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No. 21, the final installment of the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]Normally, when a series reaches a planned climax (in this case, the Battle of Waterloo), any books that come after are usually anticlimactic and have nowhere near the story-telling tension. Cornwell, however, true to form, spins a fascinating adventure tale of 5 years after the end of the Napoleonic Wars.[return][return]It s 1820, Napoleon is now in exile on St. Helena, and Sharpe, since the end of the war, has been livin ...more
I have owned this book for a long time and must have read it at least twice, but I had absolutely no recollection of the story at all.

It is after the war and Sharpe is content to be farming Lucille's lands in France. But when an old friend visits him, he is dragged back into conflict.. Blas Vivar's wife wants him to travel to Chile and find out what happened to her husband. The Spanish authorities say that he is missing, but no body has been found and the reports are confused. With Harper in tow
Sep 02, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cochrane was too large a character to not be based on fact, I instantly had to look him up. I felt that for Sharpe, it was a good adventure, but he knows better than this. It seemed as though he almost wanted an excuse to fight once more and be useful, but couldn't admit it to himself. If there had been more of it in the book, more of a restlessness, as though Richard was his own little Napoleon willing himself off an island, then I would have felt the ending more justified. For Sharpe, he's bee ...more
Jan 14, 2010 HBalikov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fear that this is the latest book that Cornwell will write in his Sharpe series. Latest, not last, because it closes out the Napoleonic Era and leaves Sharpe able to literally follow Voltaire's maxim to "...cultivate his own garden (in Normandy)."
More good research underlies this book on the role of war veteran adventurers in South America. Some nice portrait work on characters from history such as Adm. Chocrane. A neat blend of military life and strategy in a new context. Cornwell throws in m
Feb 27, 2016 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the 21st book in the series – so, on principle I immediately started reading it. … … … But, I will NEVER again consecutively read so many books within a series. While this could be judged as one VERY L-O-N-G book, I’m betting it would have been more enjoyable to just occasionally read them. Now I know…

It’s five years after Waterloo, 1820. Set in Chile (!?), it was more like a Horatio Hornblower plot than that of Richard Sharpe. (Hornblower’s author, CS Forester, did it much better.) Shar
Edoardo Albert
Oct 07, 2013 Edoardo Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the slightly disappointing Sharpe's Waterloo this, presumably the last adventure for Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper, is a welcome return to form, with the retired pair taking down their old weapons and setting off to South America to find an old friend. Along the way, they meet Napoleon in exile on St Helena, and then become embroiled in the extraordinary operations of Lord Cochrane, one time British naval commander and now admiral of the Chilean navy rebelling against Spanish rule. Coc ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is five years since we last saw Sharpe and Harper. Now he is called out of retirement to find out what heppened to an old comrade, and finds himself in Chile during that country's war of independence.

Cornwell does a fairly good job of showing the two old soldiers as old soldiers. They are a little slower, a bit wiser and certainly a bit less gung ho.

Unfortunately the story that it all hangs off is a bit weak, and as with Sharpe's Waterloo, they find themselves largely spctators in somebody el
Jeff Yoak
After 24 novels and 17 months of my life, it is finally time to say goodbye to Sharpe and Harper. In the epilogue the author says, "And so far as I know, they lived happily ever after." I find that I'm a bit sad that the journey is over and I too wish them happiness. They've earned the rest.

The series doesn't end on one of its stronger notes. The war ended at Waterloo. Sharpe's Ransom is an excellent story capturing the life Sharpe is to live as a country farmer in France. This novel feels tacke
Chris Lytle
Sep 29, 2013 Chris Lytle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been too long since I immersed myself in the early 19th century exploits of Richard Sharpe. By the end of the prologue, I was all in. Cornwell is the master of this Napoleonic era and this time around he takes us to St Helena for an audiance with the Emperor himself.

With his pal Patrick in tow, Sharpe is on route to Chile to locate a missing friend, at his wife's bequest. Caught between the ruling and corrupt Spanish, dubious British authorities and the Devilish Rebels, Sharpe is forced to
Great adventure; different from Sharpe's routine

It was an adventure worthy of Sharpe and Harper, but here they come out of retirement. That was the first difference. In addition, the main setting is away from Europe: Chile. That's the second. I found Cornwell's writing and storytelling to be stellar, as ever. In addition to reading the text, I also listened to Frederick Davidson read. I don't find his rendition of the characters appealing. He seems to miss a lot, especially in the battle scenes.
Jul 04, 2016 Mattias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Den 24e och sista boken i Cornwells berättelse om Richard Sharpe, och hans karriär i brittiska armén under tiden då britterna strider mot Napoleon. Denna bok är något annorlunda då den utspelar sig efter krigen och i sydamerikanska Chile, där frihetskriget mot Spanien är i full fart. Hela serien är fiktiv, men placerad i en mycket historiskt välresearchad och korrekt miljö. Just detta höjer en redan bra berättelse då det samtidigt inspirerar till att läsa mer inom ämnet. Vilka stred i de sydamer ...more
Peter Hall
Dec 01, 2012 Peter Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing their are so many twists and turns in it and it really is a great end to the Richard Sharpe series. As the story begins Lucille Parker, Don Blas' wife shows up and asks Sharpe if he will go to Chile and try to find Don Blas as he has been missing for awhile. On his way to Chile with Harper they stop off on the island of St.Helena for an interview with Napoleon himself and he asks them to deliver a picture of himself to a British officer who is a big admirer of Napoleon. So e ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Trina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as wonderful as some of the others in the series, but fine storytelling all the same. This is it for Sharpe, his last escapade, fittingly involving Napoleon, who, even in exile, remains a potent threat to Spain's interests in Chile. However, the author has to labor hard to bring the rebel cause to life so that we care whether Sharpe succeeds in rescuing his friend from the royalist clutches of a cruel colonel in charge of a demoralized army in South America. I somehow expected this last book ...more
Sep 16, 2010 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was worried about this book. The Sharpe series is one of my favourites and the vast majority are set in the Napoleonic wars and feature true historical events (adapted for fiction, of course). This one, however is set five years after Waterloo. I therefore thought it would be quite different from the bulk of the rest of the series.

And it is. But not in a bad way. All the Sharpe books are a combination of military action and an adventure story. Sharpe's devil is more adventure story driven than
Pauline Zed
Mar 23, 2015 Pauline Zed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been holding back on reading this, since after it, I'd be done with Sharpe. The Sharpe series is the one series of books I've stuck with enthusiastically until the end. It's not that they're amazingly written, although Cornwell is especially deft at writing coherent battle scenes that give both a micro view of the character's emotions and a macro view of what's going on in the battle. It's more Sharpe and his friend Harper that have pulled me through the whole series, and they do so yet agai ...more
The 21'st and last book in Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series. It's one last battle for Sharpe and Harper and a bit of an epilogue for Napoleon. This book wasn't quite necessary to end the series, but I found it a nice draw down as I've read them all in chronological order, which I'm very glad to have done. I spent several months living in Sharpe's fascinating world. I never tired of Cornwell's voice as he revealed it. His depth of historical research and accuracy may have spoiled me for o ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Rog rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Standard Bernard Cornwell story about Richard Sharpe on the oceans and in South America. I've enjoyed all of the books in the Sharpe series. For me, the main suggestion that would have enhanced the writing would be a maturing of Sharpe's character; in particular, make him wiser as he aged. In this last installment of the series, Richard is still mostly reactionary to the events of the story. Ah well, Sharpe's Devil is still enjoyable and I thank Bernard for creating a most enjoyable story of the ...more
Rick Brindle
Feb 19, 2013 Rick Brindle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The last Sharpe novel, chronologically, and for me, the most disappointing. The story wasn't as engaging as the earlier stories, and it seems that Bernard Cornwell was just going through the motions with this one. Undoubtedly he is capable of writing much better, and I'm glad that the rest of the Sharpe books were such a pleasure to read. If you've read the previous 20 Sharpe books, then of course you'll read this one as well, and while it's far from being bad, it won't hit you between the eyes ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This must be the last book in the series, and maybe it's just as well. Here, Sharpe has been retired from the army for ten years and is farming in France with his significant other and their children. He and his sidekick are persuaded to go to Chile to locate an old friend (from the Spanish army) who has vanished. Again, Mr. Cornwell's story is solidly based on actual historical fact. In this case, though, it seemed to me to take a long time to get going and be a little labored throughout.
It is great to learn something so completely new. Apparently, the country of Chile was formed after a revolution against the Spanish... led by a high-ranking English lord who was kicked out of that country for cheating on the stock market. He was also in league with the exiled Napoleon, because Napoleon promised a life of constant war and excitement. Good book. Not the best Sharpe book I have read, but I learned a lot.
Lisa Buie-Collard
I love the history in Cornwell's books and the way he writes it, from, in this case, Sharpe's point of view. I have to admit I'm a diehard Sharpe fan. I'm glad Sharpe is still "alive" and swinging that ugly sword of his!
If you like battle accounts then read Bernard Cornwell. Somehow he always makes it different and even though gory, they are still interesting and get your pulse up.Bernard Cornwell
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Richard Sharpe (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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“He grinned at Sharpe. “Christ, but this is joy! What would we do for happiness if peace came?” He turned his horse clumsily, rammed his heels back, and whooped as the horse took off. “Let’s go get the whores!” 0 likes
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