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Le aquile di Sharpe (Sharpe #8)

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Richard Sharpe milita nell'esercito di Wellesley, futuro duca di Wellington. L'esercito inglese sta marciando da Lisbona verso Madrid, affiancato dalle truppe spagnole, che si rivelano subito avide e inette. Sharpe viene aggregato al battaglione di Sir Henry Simmerson, che ha ottenuto il grado di colonnello nella milizia, non ha alcuna esperienza militare, ma è tronfio, sa...more
Hardcover, La gaja scienza #878, 342 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Longanesi (first published January 1st 1981)
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sckenda
Dec 19, 2013 sckenda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Military History Series
“Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.” (Samuel Johnson)

Richard Sharpe knew no home other than the army, no family except for the Regiment, and no possessions other than what he carried in his pack. Sharpe has loved the British Army, which has given him the opportunity to prove himself-- again and again. He knew no other way to live and expected that it would be the way he would die.

Sharpe is an orphan who fought his way up the enlisted ranks to become an officer in...more
Jason Koivu
The quintessential Richard Sharpe novel.

Sharpe's Eagle is where so many of the familiar faces that recur throughout the series originally crop up. Most notably Sir Henry Simmerson...

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(Simmerson as so aptly played by actor Michael Cochrane in the tv series.)

He's the snobbish, ineffectual British officer everyone loves to hate. With him arrives the utterly inexperienced South Essex regiment, which Sharpe is forced to batter into something like fighting shape or otherwise inevitably perish with the...more
Brad
WARNING: This review claims that historical novels are like porn movies, and I discuss porn throughout. Please avoid this review if porn offends you.

Historical novels are a bit like porn for me. I am always faintly ashamed to be a fan, I generally hide my taste for them, but I get off on what they have to offer.

There are high-end historical novels, like Aubrey-Maturin (the one series I am proud to be a fan of) or Wolf Hall, that are sort of like Deep Throat and other the classic porn movies --...more
Algernon
I am reading the history of Richard Sharpe adventures in chronological, not publication order. This has a side effect of accentuating the uneven quality of some of the books, and the episodic nature of the saga, with some inconsistencies from one book to the next that do not bear too close a scrutiny.

Sharpe's Eagle is my eighth book, but one of the first to be published. Cornwell is in a class of his own when it comes to actual battle scenes, and I have no complaint about the episode of the Peni...more
Nate
So here we are, the very first Cornwell novel and coincidentally the first Sharpe. I came to this series after it had been ostensibly completed and so I'm reading them in chronological order, which differs markedly from publication order. I'm kind of racking my brain trying to think of other series that has such a disparity like that and I'm at a loss. A situation like this is just rife with potential for weird inconsistencies in style and continuity, and they're definitely there but they haven'...more
Carac Allison


I was a big fan of Sharpe as a young adult. This was the first book in the series when I started reading Cornwell and it has everything that I came to expect from the other titles. The historical details are fascinating and the action is amazing. The smoke from the battles comes off the pages.

Consider this as a gift for male teenagers who don't read that much. If it captures their imagination they will feel like their learning a little history and they will have many books to work through.

Carac
Joe
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Xan
Aunque cronológicamente es el octavo de la saga este fue el primer libro de Sharpe publicado por Edhasa. No sé en que momento caí rendido a los pies del rudo soldado inglés y su tropa de temibles fusileros, posiblemente resistí los primeros veinte minutos, dudo que aguantase más. Desde entonces soy un seguidor de uno de mis soldados favoritos.

En serio, es una gran saga. Por los personajes, que se integran en la historia de tal forma que es posible ver el retrato de una época pasada. Por las des...more
Chris
Bernard Cornwell does an excellent job of detailing the events of Sharpe in this book.

I personally love the series being a fan of the books and the TV series. The story is. The Struggling Sharpe is a Captain on Sufferance meaning he is only a Captain because of someone dying. He needs to earn or do something heroic to make sure he earns and stays a captain.

So after the start events where the Colors get taken by the enemy (which is the worse thing possible to an army that can happen, losing yo...more
Carol Storm
My first Sharpe book -- really amazing -- best military adventure story ever!

I had heard about these Sharpe books for years, but I never really got interested in them until my good friend Deborah Hale mentioned them. SHARPE'S EAGLE really impressed me, even on audiobook!

The thing that surprised me the most was the way Cornwell is so open about the injustices of the British army. I grew up on Rudyard Kipling, and in his army stories there's a right-wing bias against any kind of social criticism o...more
Kate Sherrod
I don't often encounter historical/military novels that themselves have a strong sense of prior history the way that Sharpe's Eagle has, for the Roman Empire strongly permeates the book, especially in its opening chapters.

We open with Sharpe and his rifle company* being drafted into yet another weird little scheme. An ancient Roman bridge crossing the river Tagus, a bridge that has stood strong for hundreds of years, has to go for strategic reasons, and Sharpe's friend and sort-of-commander, Cap...more
Justus
Sharpe's Eagle is (currently) #8 in order of chronological ordering, #1 by original publication date, and #3 in the "Peninsular War" part of Sharpe's saga. This was the first time where the out-of-order writing of the books caused me serious fits.

Sharpe's Eagle was the first Sharpe book (though I didn't know that when I read it) and when viewed from that vantage point it is pretty good. It is not without flaws but it -- when considered in a vacuum -- it is a pretty good adventure story. The bad...more
Joyce Lagow
No. 8 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]It� s 1809, and the British Army under Wellesley (not yet Lord Wellington) is in Portugal. Lieutenant Sharpe, recovering from a saber wound, has his first encounter with the South Essex Battalion of infantry, newly arrived from England with two aristocratic and totally incompetent officers at their head. Sharpe and Sergeant Harper, as well as the thirty surviving Rifles of the 95th, are attached to the South Essex in what will be a memorable ass...more
Torben
Wieder ein toller Sharpe. Jetzt heißt es wieder warten bis Juli auf die nächste Wiederauflage. Cornwell ist grandios in den Schlachtbeschreibungen und schafft es auch immer einen wirklich hassenswerten Antagonisten zum jetzt Captain Sharpe zu erschaffen. Vier Sterne deswegen, weil ich die Story etwas dünn empfand: zwei Schlachten, eine schöne Frau, die nicht dauerhaft bei Sharpe bleiben kann und eine (unsinnige?) Heldentat. Da waren die vorigen Romane noch etwas gehaltvoller, obwohl Sharpes Trop...more
Sean Watson
While I've enjoyed all of the Sharpe books, this one is exceptional, one of the better ones Cornwell has written. Saddled with an incompetent commander, Colonel Henry Simmerson, who despises Sharpe and the "thieves and liars" that make up his raised regiment, Sharpe makes a desperate promise to a dying comrade after the colonel loses the company colors in his very first engagement. Sharpe takes an oath to replace the missing color with one of Napoleon's Eagles, something that has never been done...more
Christina Pikas
I really enjoy these books. At first I didn't like the narrator for the audiobooks but I got used to him and I think he does a good job - even if he makes Harper's voice high pitched. I started with Sharpe with the tiger - chronological order not order authored - and I think it's going to be like web griffin's marines. Miraculous that they make it through all that. The other military novels of the time have heroes who came through the ranks the typical way. Sharpe is different - really different...more
J D
While I continued to enjoy the story of Sharpe and the background of the Peninsular Wars; I was disappointed by the incongruities within this book. I had finished reading Sharpe's Havoc and was excited to read the next in the series. Quite frankly I can usually overlook any disparities in a story however I found the disparities in this book both glaring and annoying. Perhaps the one disparity that bothered me most was the fact that "Daddy" Hill did not know Sharpe or within the context of the st...more
Graham
SHARPE'S EAGLE is the first in the series of Sharpe novels by Cornwell, and by god it’s a corker. A stunning, Spanish-set action/adventure yarn laced with intrigue and violence, it is as plausible and as well worked out as any other historical novel you can think of.

The book never slows down or becomes boring; every page contains plenty of characterisation, zesty dialogue and detailed description which bring the sweaty locales to life. Following the general formula for the series, the story see...more
David
For the last while, I've been on-and-off reading the Sharpe books in Chronological order of setting, putting this at number 8 in the list.

If, instead, I had opted to read them in order published, this would've been number 1.

As such, it's interesting seeing how the tone for the series was originally set, and how the template for pretty much all the books (Sharpe fighting just as much - if not more - against his own side than the enemy) came to be set. Even this early on, Sharpe is given a history...more
Mick
The author begins this edition of his first novel with a brief foreword, explaining how it came about and what he wanted to do with it. In this foreword he explains that in the decades since the release of Sharpe's Eagle he's never re-read it, out of fear of the crudity of his earlier writing.

Perhaps he'd be a harsh critic of his own work, but I think Cornwell has nothing to worry about. Sharpe's Eagle may be crude in parts, but it holds up strongly today as a terrific action-adventure story. Th...more
James
This is one of those books which as a reader you have to class as timeless. It is, without doubt, one of the main reasons why I became so addicted to reading. This book, and the rest of Cornwell's series, introduced me and capitvated me to the world of novels in ways that few books had managed at the time. For that I am always going to look upon these books with more than a fond opinion, but that isn't going to bias my opinion. Still, Five Stars is more than accurate, and that is me lessening my...more
Kathy Davie
First read January 14, 2009: Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history.

Eighth in the Richard Sharpe historical military fiction series with this particular selection revolving around the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal against the French and the battle at Talavera on July 27 and 28, 1809.


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There is something so real about Cornwell's treatment of the Peninuslar War as we read through Richard Sharpe's actions and thoughts. I love that we experience this war through a comm...more
Gordon
"Great concept, great book, same Sharpe"

I like the Sharpe books a great deal but it always bothers me to no end how every single book, which I understand needs at least 1 antagonist, is always filled with haters that are suppose to be on 'his side' fighting against the french... in most wars u would seldom find the advice & honor tread on like Sharpe's is after his accomplishments & also having a great NCO in Harper. Although it does make a bit more sense if I think about the overall tho...more
Jorgen Schäfer
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Simmers ist der inkompetente Offizier eines neuen Battalions. Lieutenant Sharpe blamiert den Offizier in seiner ersten Schlacht, als Simmers alles falsch macht, und Sharpe gerade noch das schlimmste durch eine Befehlsverweigerung verhindern kann. Dadurch hat er jetzt jedoch einen mächtigen Feind, der Sharpes Karriere beenden könnte. Es gibt nur einen Ausweg: Sharpe muss eine französische Feldstandarte erobern, um mit dem damit einhergehenden Ruhm für Simmers unangreifbar...more
Dark-Draco
Another adventure story about Richard Sharpe. In this one, Sharpe and his Rifles accompany Hogan into Spain, where he has to blow up a bridge. Sent with them is the newly formed South Essex Regiment, under Colonel Simmerson, who is out to prove he is a great soldier...only he isn't. At the bridge, he foolishly attacks French cavalry, looses one of his colours and ends up blowing the bridge...with Sharpe and the Light Company on the wrong side. Sharpe wins the day and gets his men back, but Simme...more
Ed
Jun 07, 2008 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers
Trying to read the Richard Sharpe series in chronological order can be difficult. The reason being that Cornwell did not write the books in order. Sharpe's Eagle is the 8th book in the series but the first book of the series, he wrote.

In the Introduction, he mentions that he's never re-read it himself because he's afraid that he would be too critical of his own skills. It's a hell of a good read, though. I enjoyed it immensely.

The story's themes are familiar to anyone who has read any of the Sh...more
Kev D'Olivo
Oct 15, 2007 Kev D'Olivo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs
All of the Sharpe books are great fictional accounts of British Military exploits (India, Spain, Portugal, even Denmark) in the late 18th and early 19th century all centered around one man Richard Sharpe who was born into poverty, ran into the army to escape the law and subsequently found his life's calling. In the first book he is a private but in the second book his is given a commision for saving Lord Wellingtons life. (Rarely in those days a soldier raised from the rank into the officers mes...more
Writerlibrarian
After almost 5 years and getting all the Sharpe's books I finally, finally found a way into the series. I've tried 3 times before (well actually 4 times) to start reading this series set in the Napoleonian Wars period featuring Richard Sharpe, professional soldier, great leader, romantic lead and all around action hero. I've tried reading chronologically (twice) starting with Sharpe's Tiger (set in India) didn't work, I found myself not "getting" the feel of the character like there was many man...more
Madeline
Nov 10, 2008 Madeline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Madeline by: Sean Bean...and my mum.
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This is another book where I could not find the exact edition that I read--for some reason it bothers me...

Cornwell, through this one book that I have read, is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Though many times I find the lengthy descriptions dull, the giant paragraphs of detail give me an idea of what Napolean's wars could be like. The characters are all like-able, even when they're not supposed to be, because it seems so believable. The only reason I'm not rating this a "5" is beca...more
Jennifer Gott
To be fair I listened to this book on audio. I was supremely disappointed that the voice actor used wasn't Sean Bean.....but it didn't impede my enjoyment!
I love Bernard Cornwall's ability to really draw the reader into a battle scene and make even the most squeamish appreciate the intricacies of historical warfare, whether it's vikings or Agincourt or the Napoleonic wars. This book was no exception.The battle of Talavera was well done, leaving me with the taste of cannon smoke in my mouth at t...more
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