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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.
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Published May 1st 2009 by Playaway (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
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Graham
Oct 17, 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
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Rithun Regi
Not upto the same level as the earlier Sharpe books. However it has one silver lining of painting a historical picture of South America in its early years of struggle to escape the shackles of Spanish tyranny. Harper and Sharpe as usual are at their high levels of camraderie while the conversations with Napoleon shows the charisma of an emperor dethroned. Cochrane is also a very interesting character and this too was a positive from the book.
Karla
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.
L.M. Mountford
This is a big one for me... I have now read/listened to every Sharpe Novel.

Unfortunately, it is far from Mr Cornwell's best and as i read it i get the sense he was writing it to fill a publisher's contract or to meet a deadline as there are some notable contradictions to the other Sharpe books, especially Trafalgar. The storyline is a little flat at times and the villain is weak, but the much of what's featured in the pages is a very historically accurate account of the loss of Spain's last colo
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Marko
May 30, 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
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Ed
Dec 17, 2008 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
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Phil
Dec 24, 2011 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
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Jim
Nov 04, 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
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Jim
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
Lee
May 28, 2017 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The final Sharpe book finds him heading to South America to find an old friend. On the way he stops to pay a visit to Napoleon and agrees to carry a message. After arriving in Chile Sharpe and Harper get involved in the Chilean Civil War.
Mavis Hewitt
Jan 27, 2017 Mavis Hewitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Sharpe comes out of retirement for this one and ends up in Chile. Up to Cornwell's Sharpe normal standard. Perhaps the biggest surprise was, that the most unbelievable bit actually happened! As they say truth is stranger than fiction.
Tom
May 16, 2017 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have finally finished the Sharpe books and they are one of the best series I have ever read.
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 livi ...more
Darran Phelps
Feb 18, 2017 Darran Phelps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought as did many others that the end of the Napoleonic wars was the end of Sharpe, but the one last outing into the Americas to recover a missing friend or to finally establish the whereabouts of Bias Vivar's body was as always a fitting end for the pair of friends who had fought side by side across three countries.
Sharpe has finally succumbed to the realisation that comes with age of his vulnerability, the tiredness of fighting and the need to settle with the family that awaits him in Fran
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Ed
Jan 20, 2017 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#21 in the Richard Sharpe series chronologically (#12 in publication order). The finale of the Richard Sharpe saga. Sharpe entered the British Army as an infantryman at the age of 16 and saw action in Flanders, his published adventures begin in India in 1799 and he gains promotion to Sergeant and then Ensign, returning to Britain in 1805 he is involved in the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1807 he is sent as a bodyguard to a diplomatic mission to Copenhagen, and finally 1809 sees him in Portugal for th ...more
Dark-Draco
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
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Rebecca
Sep 01, 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
HBalikov
Jan 05, 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
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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
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Lise
Feb 09, 2017 Lise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
listened to the audiobook. think only reason I gave it 3 stars and not 2 is cause of Sean Bean's voice :') didn't care much for the plot
Larry
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
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Edoardo Albert
Oct 05, 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
Nathan
Jan 02, 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
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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
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Chris Lytle
Sep 12, 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
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Mark
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.
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Mattias
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
Trina
Apr 03, 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
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Richard Sharpe (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 21 books)
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