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Le aquile di Sharpe (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #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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Jason Koivu
Aug 11, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...

(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
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 --
Feb 28, 2012 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Jan 20, 2014 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carac Allison
Apr 24, 2014 Carac Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.

Oct 17, 2013 Xan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol Storm
Jul 18, 2011 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2015 William rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
In order of publication, this is the first in the Richard Sharpe series and as such represents in some ways where the whole series began. Since 1981, when it was first published, author Bernard Cornwell has written sequels and prequels to this first in the series. Being who I am, I read the prequels first and have as such enjoyed the writing of an experienced, quality writer. "Sharpe's Eagle" lacks that finesse that I have seen in the others. The battle scenes are not as sharply described nor as ...more
Kate Sherrod
Jun 05, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2011 Justus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 asso ...more
Gerald Matzke
Nov 16, 2015 Gerald Matzke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading several Cornwell books, I finally started the Sharpe series. This was a great introduction to Richard Sharpe. He is similar to other Cornwell heroes in that he is skilled in war and seemingly invincible. He does have his weaknesses but he uses them to motivate himself to greater glory in battle. The story was well written, as usual. There were a few slow spots but they set up the next action. The reader comes away with a real sense of the horrors of war as well as the personal stru ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Torben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brendan Hodge
Dec 22, 2014 Brendan Hodge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read the Sharpe novels before, though I did see the BBC TV series a number of years ago. The books are, unsurprisingly, much better. Cornwell's grasp of Napoleonic warfare is very good, and he is eminently successful in conveying to the reader both the tactics and the culture of Wellington's army. The story rips along and you're always eager to hear more.

The weakness if this book, as in later ones, is in the secondary characters, who are two dimensional at best. The villains are utter
Sean Watson
Oct 01, 2014 Sean Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2015 Trina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In all the time I've read this series, it never occurred to me to look at Richard Sharpe as someone "who saw life as one immense battle and had equipped himself to fight it with an unparalleled ferocity." Yet it is insights such as these that make Cornwell's books so enjoyable. Not only do the sights & sounds of battle come alive on the page, but also the characters, from the incompetent Col. Henry Simmerson to the ever-clever future Duke of Wellington, Gen. Arthur Wellesley. The men in Shar ...more
This is the first book in the Richard Sharpe series from the Napoleonic wars era. I enjoy historical fiction, and friends have been surprised that I hadn't read these books yet. Part of it is that there are a lot of them, and if I found that I liked them, it's one more series that I'll want to read from start to finish - and who has time for another big series? Well, I enjoyed it, so I have to find more of them. The question is - and maybe you can offer your opinion - should I read them in the o ...more
Eric Wright
The first in Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe historical novels, follows he career of this intrepid soldier in Britain’s army in Spain fighting the French. The scenery, weapons, uniforms, units of each army, and the ebb and flo of the battle scenes are expertly drawn, showing very good historical research. The story flows with good characterization of Sharpe and his cronies as well as the leaders of the British army, especially he arrogant antagonist who is determined to banish Sharpe to a part of the ...more
May 03, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#8 in the Richard Sharpe series chronologically; #1 in publication order. After Col. Simmerson's incompetence causes the destruction of a substantial part of his regiment at Valselacsa, Gen Wellesley adds Sharpe's rifles to Simmerson's Light Company and gazettes Sharpe as the Captain in place of Simmerson's nephew. Now Sharpe is, at least temporarily, a Captain but he has gained two sworn enemies.

Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809 - Captain Richard Sharpe prepares to lead his me
Kate Quinn
May 04, 2009 Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first of many books about Richard Sharpe, a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars who works his way from private in the ranks up to officer. Sharpe is a terrific character - violent, but likeable. I fall in love with him every time. Sean Bean plays him in a TV mini-series based on the books. Good series, but the books are better.
Christina Pikas
Mar 23, 2014 Christina Pikas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2016 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m hooked. As soon as I finished the prior book in the series, I immediately started this, the 8th.

The green uniforms of the rifle company have become an indication of an elite unit. In this episode, Sharpe becomes the Captain of the rough but expert troops – but is deployed along with spit and polish militia direct from England. There are the expected disciplinary issues and Sharpe make political enemies of some powerful British (yet, thankfully, he earns the respect of the Army’s commander,
Richard Penn
Oct 25, 2014 Richard Penn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The central story in the whole saga - the first one in writing order, but about seventh now in story chronology. Like all Cornwell's work it needs a high tolerance for blood and suffering, and like any adventure you need to suspend belief a wee bit about the powers and longevity of the hero. But within that, it's a great story, and a serious history lesson. Most people came to Sharpe via the TV series, and for a long time I didn't bother with the books because I'd already seen it on TV. This is ...more
Sharpe's Eagle presented a vivid picture of the Peninsular War, the battle of Talavera in particular. The description of the Spanish soldiers running away in fright after the sound of their own immense and ineffective musket volley at the French Army seemed unbelievable until I also read of it in historical accounts of the battle. The difficulties of different nations functioning as effective military allies persists to this day. As usual in this series, the rigid and peculiar hierarchy of the B ...more
Drew Ck
Jan 15, 2015 Drew Ck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newly Gazetted Captain, Sharpe has to try and take a French Eagle at the battle of Talavera to redeem the honor of the South Essex.
Dec 27, 2013 J D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darran Phelps
Having seen the TV series before I embarked upon reading these books I found that the book exceeded my expectations. That being said I love both in their own right.
Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper are compadres thrown together in the ongoing maelstrom of war. There is much to be said of the view that we have, seeing this war through the eyes of these two friends, and all of it is good in my mind.
Bernard Cornwell succeeds in personalising the day to day lives of the common soldier; the toil, th
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Richard Sharpe (chronological order) (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, #1)
  • Sharpe's Triumph (Sharpe, #2)
  • Sharpe's Fortress (Sharpe, #3)
  • Sharpe's Trafalgar (Sharpe, #4)
  • Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe, #5)
  • Sharpe's Rifles (Sharpe, #6)
  • Sharpe's Havoc (Sharpe, #7)
  • Sharpe's Gold (Sharpe, #9)
  • Sharpe's Escape (Sharpe, #10)
  • Sharpe's Fury (Sharpe, #11)

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