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Sharpe's Regiment (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #17)

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Major Richard Sharpe's men are in mortal danger - not from the French, but from the bureaucrats of Whitehall. Unless reinforcements can be brought from England, the depleted South Essex will be disbanded. In England, Sharpe uncovers a nest of high-ranking traitors - any of whom could destroy his career.

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Published November 18th 2008 by AudioGO (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jason Koivu
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not exactly a prototypical Sharpe novel in that there is no pitched battle to be had against Napoleon's forces. Instead, Major Richard Sharpe is back on English soil and his enemy is the British army itself. The wheres and the whos matter little in a Bernard Cornwell book, because you're going to get pretty much the same thing every time, and if you like/love it once, you'll like/love it again and again. Cornwell knows his winning formula inside and out. He excels at action sequences. He ...more
Rebecca
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Graham
I've been reading the Sharpe series for around seven years now (starting at the very beginning) and I'm finally getting towards the end - only four more books to go after this one! Not that I'm planning to rush the final few, in fact I'll draw them out and savour them as I have always done.

SHARPE'S REGIMENT offers something a bit different to the usual Peninsular action. This one's more of a conspiracy book (a la SHARPE'S PREY or GALLOWS THIEF), with Sharpe returning to England to investigate a
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A Bald Mage** Steve
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I've been meaning to review these for ages, I read all these books a long time ago and I think I would have to re-read them to remember every story line. That's the problem with trying to review books you read over ten years ago. When I read these books it was a happy time for me as I received all the collection including the short stories as a wedding present ten years ago and as I celebrate my tenth anniversary of being married to my beautiful wife, I wanted to save my overall review of the se ...more
Sue
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a break from thIs series, and when I went back to this one, I realized how much I love Richard Sharpe. Not the battle action heavy book of past ones, but thick with intrigue and history. I enjoyed.
R.D. LeCoeur
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a bit of Mr Cornwell's stuff, although I've avoided the Sharpe series as I watched the tv series which was very enjoyable. However, as this book was on offer at Asda(wallmart) for only £1.00 I decided to give it a go!
First up I never realized how miscast Sean Bean was. He's a northerner with a pronounced northern accent and it appears from this book that Sharpe was from the slums of London and should've sounded more like an early Michael Caine.

Anyhow back to the book.
I thoroughl
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Deanne
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, war
Getting toward the end of the Sharpe series of books, not far from Warterloo and the end of the Napoleonic wars. Sharpe has waged war across India, Portugal and Spain and is now about to enter France, but first a trip back to Blighty to pick up some men. Don't seem to be getting any recruits from home, but that's because there's someone up to some shenanigans. Sharpe also manages to work his way through the female population of any country he's in. Wonder if he's an ancestor of James Bond, only ...more
Jane
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice plot change-up in the series with Sharpe battling corrupt British aristocrats rather than the French. Of course there's a woman or two and a few other predictable elements, but we're getting close to Waterloo and I will keep reading.
Michael Pryor
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raw, intense, illuminating.
Brent Ecenbarger
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: richard-sharpe
Sharpe’s Regiment could be subtitled Sharpe versus the London Bureaucracy. Most Sharpe books follow a familiar formula, where Sharpe must overcome a plot by the French or French supporters that will involve a battle or two. Along the way Sharpe will best a superior officer who underestimates him because he’s not a gentlemen and have sex with a woman that all the other officers lust after and would otherwise seem out of Sharpe’s social strata. Up until this point, the most that formula has diverg ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On April 10, 2009, I did a VERY short review: "Love the battle, tactics, camaraderie, and the history. "

This time, I got into it a bit more, LOL:

Seventeenth in the Richard Sharpe fictional military history series and revolving around Major Richard Sharpe and the South Essex. This one takes place in England. Funny place to do battle with the regiment…

My Take
Heart-stopping as always! Richard is so terrifyingly naive. He scares me to death.

I love Cornwell's descriptions, and the way in which he de
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Gerald Matzke
This was a very unusual story in the Sharpe series. Fighting in Spain had wound down and the South Essex leaders were wondering why no reinforcements were being sent to replace the casualties. Major Sharpe is sent to Britain to find out the reason for the delay and finds himself and Sergeant Harper faced with a complicated case of military and political swindling. Instead of the usual military might and skill that fans would expect, Sharpe uses his wit to trick the scoundrels into exposing their ...more
Andrew
Outstanding - sits nicely in my Top 5 Sharpe novels. It's 1813, and Richard Sharpe finds himself fighting a different battle against a different and dangerous enemy. As Wellington's forces start the invasion of France, the South Essex are woefully under strength after the brutal Spanish campaign and unless Sharpe can find their reinforcements, missing somewhere in the English countryside, the regiment will be split up. So, Sharpe and Harper travel back to England.
Dell Taylor
Cornwall is a master of historical fiction. His research and knowledge of his subject matter is amazing. Everything about the setting of the Sharpe novels seems "real" -- you can hear, smell, and feel the places he describes. Sharpe is an interesting character and listening to the audiobook was fantastic -- the narrator makes such a difference and this narrator is phenomenal. Can't wait for his next adventure!
minz
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it because it was not another copy of the previous series. I had to stop reading them for a while because they got so similar.
Honza Prchal
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The political skullduggery is almost harder for the reader to take than all the frogs normally trying to kill our heroes.
David Hull
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although all of this Sharpe series have been excellent, 'Sharpe's Regiment' just may be one of my favourites!
Rumfuddle
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone stolen Sharpe's new recruits, so he heads back to blighty to crack some heads and pull a posh bit of totty, just another ordinary day then.

very enjoyable
Kenneth
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bernard-cornwell
Sharpe has to find replacements for his regiment but has to face his old enemies first.
Srikanth Sreedharan
One of the best Sharpe books I've read; arguably up there with Sword and Honour.
Stephen
The year is 1813, and the Allied army stands upon the Pyrenees awaiting the invasion of France and victory. Napoleon's empire is shrinking: he once stood as master of Europe, but Wellington's army and shrew diplomacy have stripped the Iberian peninsula from his influence, and the eastern members of the allied Coalition are increasingly restive. Now even Austria seems ready to enter the war against Napoleon. For Richard Sharpe, this should be a proud, happy moment. Wherever Wellington has triumph ...more
Mick
Sharpe's Regiment in an oddity among the generally formulaic long running Sharpe series, in that it takes Sharpe and Patrick Harper away from the action in Europe, and sends them to England for the majority of the book.

The year is 1813. Across Europe, the tide has turned against Napoleon. In Spain, after years of hard fighting, Wellington's army finally stands ready to cross the border and invade. Major Richard Sharpe, acting commander of the South Essex, will not be joining his mentor in the v
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J.N. Morgan
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dark-Draco
It is a close run thing to decide whether this or Sharpe's Honour, is my favourite story. Like the previous novel, this one isn't about a single big battle, but actually takes place back in England. Sharpe and the rest of the army are on the verge of marching into France, but Sharpe's regiment has had no new recruits for months and the few men left are going to be split up amongst the other battalions gathering for war. Sharpe returns to England with Harper, intent on finding out what is going ...more
Jeff Yoak
Yet again, I've found a new favorite Sharpe novel. This one was unique in that Sharpe's enemies and struggle aren't military or personal and violent per se, but the corrupt organization of his own army.

Sharpe is a great personification of bravery and integrity throughout the series, but one can imagine being brave in a battle. The sense in which being brave is in your immediate self-interest is accessible. It is entirely another to go out of your way to find trouble with your own command, commit
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No. 17 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]Sharpe and Sgt. Harper are sent back to England to discover the whereabouts of promised recruits for their battered South Essex regiment. What they discover is an illegal recruiting ring that auctions off newly-trained soldiers to regiments that have a hard time obtaining volunteers, such as those regiments that serve in the fever-ridden West Indies. Sharpe and Harper go undercover and steal back a newly-formed group of soldiers and through a ...more
Christopher
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story Sharpe's career, is certainly one of a love hate. The TV episode with Sean Bean, did a good job of getting close to the book, however the book it self has a lot of important details that was left out by the TV production.

The plot of this story has Sharpe having to deal with a Soldiers worse nightmare politics and red tape. The regiment needs replacements however none have been sent from England. Sharpe finds out soon enough that the reason behind it is people with too much power and t
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Bjoern
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Elizabeth
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Phil
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 birth mother's maiden n ...more
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