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Sharpe's Escape

(The Sharpe Series #10)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  6,786 ratings  ·  161 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, the tenth installment in the world-renowned   Sharpe series, chronicling the rise of Richard Sharpe, a Private in His Majesty’s Army at the siege of Seringapatam.

Sharpe’s job as Captain of the Light Company is under threat and he has made a new enemy, a Portuguese criminal known as Ferragus. Discarded by his regim
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Sharpe series.

Sharpe’s Escape concerns the battle for Bussaco in Portugal during the Peninsular Wars in 1810.

Bernard Cornwell never fails to entertain. This is yet another engrossing history lesson.

Captain Richard Sharpe along with his brother in arms, Sgt Patrick Hogan are, once again, on the trail of some scurrilous villains. This time the villains are two Portuguese brothers, one an officer in the Portuguese Army and the other a black hearted monster who will stop at nothing to ge
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's still 1810 and we're still in Iberia slugging it out with the French in the Peninsular War. This is probably the fourth or fifth Sharpe book in the aforementioned setting and while things are wearing a bit thin, this was still fun. Honestly, the worst thing I'm ever gonna probably say about a Sharpe book was that "it was fun." Okay, I just looked at the rest of the settings of the rest of the series and there's like fucking eight more Peninsular I should probably resign myself ...more
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013

Keeping track of the various Sharpe books is not an easy task, as they tend to be repetitive in plot structure, usually having super-soldier Richard Sharpe caught up in a silent conflict with an officer on his own side and in an open conflict with a bully among the civilians. More often than not, there's also a damsell in distress that is about to be ravished by the bully and that will fall in love instead with the darkly handsome Sharpe.

It's easier to remember Sharpe's Escape by focusing inst
Metodi Markov
Review on English, followed by the Bulgarian one. Ревюто на английски е първо, следва това на български.

Sharpe is in trouble again.

In addition to embroiling in enmity with the huge and ruthless Portuguese bandit Ferragus, he also has problems in his regiment.

His captaincy has not yet been officially confirmed and thing mess up even more when Colonel Lawford had appointed as second in command a tedious relative also with temporary promotion and ready to shine on the battlefield at all costs.

The B
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical, war
In Portugal in 1810, Sharpe is cut off from his South Essex regiment (which is, naturally, to be given to a higher class commander, who is, naturally, the colonel’s brother in law, not very good at battle and also a drunkard) and finds himself with Sergeant Harper and Vincente, an old Portuguese ally, behind French lines. They pursue a Portuguese major (who is, naturally, a traitor and has colluded with the French, and has a brother who is cruel to women, particularly one pretty woman who, natur ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, war
I've enjoyed every Sharpe adventure I've read so far. This was one of the more interesting one, Sharpe once again in action in Portugal. The history very interesting, dealing with Wellington's building of a fortress-like wall along the coast to keep the French from Lisbon and also destroying crops, foodstuff, etc on the French side of the wall to starve them into submission. In the midst of this, Sharpe is involved with traitorous Portuguese, saving a lovely English girl and trying to find his w ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Another ripping yarn where our hero, Sharpe, has to rise above the prejudice around him, put down a nasty villain, out-smart the French and win the attractive young lady as usual. What makes the series just a little bit better than just being formulaic is the historical setting - this time the battle of Bussaco (where the French really were brave and stupid, and defeated), the looting of Coimbra and the impasse at the Lines of Torres Verdes.
The good writing also helps.
I read Sharpe to be entert
J.E. Thompson
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the Sharpe series, Sharpe's Escape is probably one of the best written so far. That being said, all of the Sharpe books are a joy for readability, great writing, incredibly fast moving plots, all set in meticulously researched historical situations. Highly recommended, but for character development best to start with book #1 and read in chronological order.
Another entertaining historical tale. Started a bit slowly with Sharpe being stuck with the Regiment but luckily circumstances intervene and Sharpe gets to go off on his own, with just a bit of help, and do what he does best. Listened to the audio version read by the always impeccable Patrick Tull.
B.J. Richardson
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
"Did he seriously just do that?" It is a rare thing for a book to bring forth such side splitting laughter from me. As this question rang through my mind, laughter could not help bursting forth as I read the lines depicting our hero, Richard Sharpe, and this book's love interest having their first romantic encounter. You could not have possibly contrived a more unlikely place for it to have happened. Trust me, though, I am laughing at the author, not with him. It could not have happened in a les ...more
Tiit Sepp
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
When you have reached book 10 in Sharpe's series, the only major change you expect is wheter the book is from the early Sharpe 80s or late Sharpe's 2000s, since they tend to be written slightly more differently and since early Sharpe didn't know what he did in later books, they have some inconsistencies. But this again is one late Sharpe. So if you like the formula meet enemy - meet girl - get girl - kill enemy - win the day -- Then you pretty much like this one as well.
Doug Luke
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Bernard Cornwell is no Patrick O'Brian, let along Dorothy Dunnett. However, he has created an engaging character in Richard Sharpe, who you don't mind following through almost the entire Napoleonic Wars.
Liesl de Swardt
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Typical Sharpe adventure. Very enjoyable.
In questo libro di Sharpe direi che la parte storica è riuscita meglio che non quella di fiction.

La parte storica è sempre accurata e oltremodo affascinante.
Finalmente vediamo in azione la formidabile linea difensiva\trappola ideata da Wellington e costruita grazie ai soldi recuperati da Sharpe a spese del gruppo partigiano che se ne voleva appropriare.
Una linea di fortini che va da costa a costa, con il terreno rimodellato per ostacolare e ostruire l'avanzamento nemico, supportato inoltre da fi
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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Bernard Cornwell is still my favourite writer as far as fighting is concerned - I believe him to be the only one who has made me want to read long fights and battles. That said, and being this the second Sharpe book I've read... Sharpe seemed to be the only competent fighter, while the rest ranged from slightly to completely incompetents. Allowance on the incompetence range is made to Harper and Wellington (although this one is obvioulsy untouchable due to hierarchy and Sharpe's personal respect ...more
Tom Darrow
Not a bad work of historical fiction. It's written with enough detail to appeal to history buffs but in a style that is easy enough to read for non-experts. As with many of these books, the plot is a bit predictable... you always know that Sharpe will escape and get the girl in the process. You never really feel like he's in danger or get surprised by any of the plot elements. That doesn't make it an unenjoyable read... just one that isn't worthy of major awards.

The major drawback of this book w
I hadn’t read a Cornwell in a while so when I found SHARPE'S ESCAPE, I was eager for more action-packed historical hijinks. I got them. From the very start this is light, exciting entertainment with an action-oriented situation seemingly thrown in every few pages or so.

There’s a hulking Portuguese bad guy that needs sorting out and an excellent extended set-piece around the middle of the book which details the escape of the title – Sharpe and the people he’s with must escape from certain death
Rick Brindle
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Quite early chronologically, but one of the later Sharpe's to be written, this is another very good addition to the series, with Sharpe facing losing his company to a lesser man, hounded by enemies, and for a time, stuck behind the lines. All of Bernard Cornwell's ingredients are here for an excellent read, lots of fighting, big battles, bad guys, injustice, and of course, a beautiful woman. A little bit repetitive in the narrative though, and it perhaps could have been shorter, less being more.
Gerald Matzke
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This episode in the Sharpe series started slowly but once the action started it didn't end until the French advance was finally stopped. You might be tempted to say that Cornwell follows a formula when he writes the Sharpe stories but even if he does, they are still exciting and hard to put down because you want to see how Sharpe and his crew are going to make their escape from the latest dangerous situation. I am always entertained by Cornwell's story-telling. Fortunately there are still severa ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The threads on women falling for soldiers who haven't bathed in months get old, but ignore those and you still have fun tales for airports, elliptical workouts, and evenings when you're too tired for Proust...
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, war
Really 3.5 stars. Do enjoy watching Sharpe's career as he travels across Portugal and Spain. Already got the next one on order from the library.
Cromwell writes some very good battle scenes, and doesn't spare anyone from getting shot, even Sharpe gets wounded from time to time.
Kathy Davie
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, history, military
Tenth in the Richard Sharpe military fiction series revolving around Richard Sharpe, a captain now in Wellesley's forces in Portugal in September 1810.

My Take
I do adore the Richard Sharpe series. I confess it's Sean Bean's fault that I started to read this series in the first place, but I've fallen in love with it for its own sake. It's so much better than the TV series...sorry, Sean.

It's that inside look into history from behind-the-scenes, if you will, from a regular soldier's viewpoint. Sure,
Roy Elmer
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, sharpe, war
There hasn't been a single Sharpe book that I haven't loved. Sharpe's Trafalgar may have been a bit of a stretch, but other than that, the entire series has been nigh on flawless, and Sharpe's Escape is absolutely no exception to that trend.

Sharpe is Sharpe. Stubborn, uncultured, not terribly gentile, but below all of that he is an incredibly capable soldier, and a leader, and as this series progresses, Bernard Cornwell shows us how Sharpe develops his skills and how his experience shapes him as
Димитър Тодоров
Приключенията на един английски тримамускетар - Ричард Шарп - по време на Полуостровната война на Испания, Португалия и Великобритания срещу Наполеонова Франция. И конкретно - успешната, но се цената на много изгоряла земя и цивилни жертви, кампания Бусако на лорд Уелингтън да опази Южна Португалия свободна от френското нашествие, предвождано от маршал Масена през 1810. Лошият лош за главния герой е един грамаден на ръст португалец хулиган чорбаджия, с когото се преследват, бият, мамят и поставя ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono decisamente di parte nell'attribuire tale voto alla saga di Richard Sharpe, in quanto non posso non rimanere del tutto razionale di fronte alla prima e vera serie di letture che mi ha spalancato le porte del piacere della lettura d'intrattenimento, e che mi ha trasformato in un vorace e incontrollabile lettore che cerca perennemente di darsi una calmata e di autocontrollarsi nello scegliere i momenti giusti per praticare
Robin Webster
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been reading the Sharpe series in chronological order, so this is my 10th adventure with Richard Sharpe. I’ve followed him from a private soldier in India, to his present rank of captain as he continues to fight under Lord Wellington in the Peninsular Wars against France in the early 19th century. The Sharpe series does settle into a very definite formula. He always appears to be embroidered in an internal conflict with established figures within the British army, as well as having to dea ...more
Brian V
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Roger Scherping
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never thought I'd like a book about the Napoleonic wars, but I did like this book. The beginning was difficult because it was such a detailed, technical description of a battle. Since it was before the main characters were established, it was difficult to get behind anyone and care about what was happening.

Once Sharpe and Harper were established as the main characters, it was easy to relate to the their unique and quirky personalities. And the plot was so unpredictable that it made the story v
This is another great addition to great series about the Napoleonic Wars and English officer Richard Sharpe. In this, Sharpe and his best mate, Pat Harper, get separated from their battalion when they are ambushed by a pair of treacherous Portuguese brothers who are planning on aiding the French invasion of their country. Sharpe and Harper, with the help from a Portuguese officer and two ladies, escape the evil brothers and must fight through the French army to rejoin their ranks and report what ...more
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