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Sharpe's Honor (Sharpe #16)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,971 ratings  ·  66 reviews
An unfinished duel, a midnight murder, and the treachery of a beautiful prostitute lead to the imprisonment of Sharpe. Caught in a web of political intrigue for which his military experience has left him fatally unprepared, Sharpe becomes a fugitive--a man hunted by both ally and enemy alike.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1985)
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Kathy Davie
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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Max 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, th
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Marcus
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.
Graham
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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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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Rebecca
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
Joyce Lagow
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
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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Rog
“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
Suvi
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
Paul Cookson
I love the Sharpe novels and this is another fine strong story. This time Sharpe is framed for the murder of a Spanish nobleman but as usual this is a small part of a much bigger story. Based on the real life attempt to secure a peace treaty between France and Spain which would see the British army expelled from Spain and culminating with the decisive battle at Victoria, this is another excellent story. The detail of the battlefields just makes me want to visit and follow In Sharpe's footsteps.
Ed
Feb 09, 2009 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
Barbara Ghylin
I knew it wouldn't take me long to finish this one. Richard Sharpe is one of those characters you just keeping back too. In this one he has a lot of guilt to deal with and realize who he is and who he can trust. People are not always who they seem to be. Once you understand that, things can start to fall into place. In the end Richard Sharpe is still a soldier's soldier.
Marko
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
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
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
Michael Thompson
Once you get past all the machismo BS, this is a good book. You live and die by your rep. Especially true if you're a scumbag from the gutter trying to play at being an officer in the British army.
Christina Pikas
Quite a different experience reding than listening. There were some inconsistencies with other books- roll of the butcher. Pretty sure they were allies going after the wolf.
Peter Hall
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
Deanne
Up against Ducos, the French spy whose come up with a plan to discredit Sharpe before he dies. However he seems to have got that Sharpe has more lives than several cats.
Mark burns
Great history.

Engaging and interesting read. Amazing to hear the different battles and lives the soldiers lived.
Want too read more of this era.
Sandy
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
Johnny
What can I say, it has violence, sex, some, but sadly no rock and roll. What more can you ask for
Steve
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
Leslie
classic Sharpe. A bit predictable, but I love it that way.
Ernie
See Sharpe's Rifles
Ross
One of the better novels in this huge series dealing with the Napoleonic war. If you like the first book in the series "Sharpe's Tiger" then you will like them all, and vice versa.

I am going through this series again 3 years later with the audio versions. I still rate this book 3 stars but I am not sure why I said it was one of the "better" books in the series. It is average, but I regard that as quite good. Some of the books in the series I rate 4 stars.
Maura
This is no better or worse than any other part of this series that i've read. It's got a decent plot and isn't overwhelmed by technical details like many wartime books are. I seem to be a sucker for such things ever since the Hornblower series pulled me in. However, i'll admit it to the world: I only read this particular series because they add some structure to the always enjoyable pastime of daydreaming about Sean Bean (who plays Sharpe in the TV movies). yum!
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