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

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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
Sep 14, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 04, 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 23, 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
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
Feb 14, 2016 Larry rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2016 Alger rated it liked it
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)
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
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
Guy Lis
Jul 29, 2011 Guy Lis rated it liked it
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
Oct 08, 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
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Oct 17, 2013 Rog rated it really liked it
“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
May 24, 2013 Suvi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2015 Paul Cookson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 09, 2009 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
Honza Prchal
Jun 15, 2016 Honza Prchal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That the protagonist, the bastard whoreson after whom the series is named should have as fine a sense of honour, and get as much advantage from having something he expected only to weigh him down, is revealing. Like all virtues, the benefits are not immediately apparent. They are FAR more permanent than the revolutionary sensibilities and "Jesuitical rationalizations" of his opponents, however.
Jan 22, 2016 Cate rated it really liked it
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
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
May 17, 2014 Barbara Ghylin rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 27, 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
Ronald Wise
Jul 31, 2011 Ronald Wise rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 11, 2015 Michael Thompson rated it really liked it
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
Jun 07, 2014 Christina Pikas rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2012 Peter Hall rated it it was amazing
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
David Weinfeld
Jun 25, 2016 David Weinfeld rated it really liked it
Another good Richard Sharpe story. Accused of killing a man who attempted a duel with Sharpe, he goes through hell to prove himself innocent. Now he is a Lt. Colonel.
Aug 21, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Sharpe effort, amazingly I read it in a single day! Again fairly predictable once the story started but lots of good plot to keep you hooked and wanting to know what happens.
Apr 18, 2014 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, war
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.
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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 mother's maiden name, C ...more
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Richard Sharpe (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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