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Sharpe's Eagle

(Sharpe #8)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  11,967 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Here is one of those rare novels that completely transports the reader to an unforgettable time an place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.
Published (first published January 1st 1981)
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Dan McNeeley I started with Tiger and I feel that it's the way to go because you can see the progression of the character of Sharpe.
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 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
Steven Walle
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. The book is concerning the life of a Captain in the English army. He is fighting for his honor and for the Eagle of the French army. This is a very cuvetted color. He is trying to keep his rank by stealing the Eagle because he had lost his color to the French in a previous battle.
I recommend this book highly.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
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 --
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 8 in the Sharpe series.

This concerns the Battle of Talavera, Spain in 1809.
Hold onto your hat, Lt Richard Sharpe is about to become Captain R. Sharpe.
Sharpe and his small company of riflemen have roaming the Spanish countryside looking for trouble. Cut of from their regiment, who are now back in England. With no way for Sharpes company to get to England the riflemen are seconded to The South Essex regiment. Lt Colonel Sir Henry Simmerson is in command and he is everything that Sharpe
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharpe's fighting in the peninsula, but as ever, his worst enemy is the British Army.

A know nothing, by the book martinet colonel brings in a troop, and makes things harder for everybody, as Sharpe and Co. try to get them into fighting shape. Meanwhile, his womanizing nephew is cutting a swathe through the ladies, but seems to want Sharpe's woman.

It all comes down to a big battle. Sharpe has to get an enemy company's sigil to stay a captain, and he'll do anything to keep his rank.

Great stuff.
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
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
Carol Storm
Jul 18, 2011 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
Carac Allison
Apr 24, 2014 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.

[Name Redacted]
Hrm. When I read this, it was the second in the series. It is now listed as the eighth. Cornwell must have developed a fondness for prequels...

EDIT: And it turns out this was actually the first published entry in the series! MADNESS!

First Read: 1994 or 1995?
Second Read: March 11, 2017 - March 15, 2017
Jan 12, 2014 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 ...more
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Mike (the Paladin)
I enjoyed the Sharpe's novels pretty well. They do seem to bog down now and again, you must build in a romantic angle. In this one the obligitory inept officers almost bring about disaster and shame the Regiment. it falls to Sharpe (of course) to redeem their honor.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than I thought.Bernard`s first & I can see the stuff of later novels in it.I prefer his Uhtred & Arthur novels but I like how Sharpe has a big Irish mate like Uhtred has a little Irish mate.Might even read more of his Sharpe`s someday. ...more
Jan 27, 2012 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
Sharpes Eagle by Bernard Cornwell
10 out of 10

Inspiring, exuberant, dynamic, exhilarating and captivating, Sharpes Eagle comes as a surprise for yours truly, though in honesty (which we must not mention, for I have learned at some AT&T training courses, if the memory does not betray men, that to be honest must never be used, since it implies that before and after employing it one is dishonest) it should have been somehow anticipated, for one thing because once you lower your expectations it
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Another cracking adventure set on the Portuguese-Spanish border. Sharpe is sent out to provide protection for a company of engineers whose mission is to destroy a bridge. What should be a straightforward mission becomes complicated by the fact that, for the sake of diplomacy, they are also to be accompanied by a Spanish force and, to further complicate things, in order to give the Spaniards face, a British force will also accompany them. The real problems lie in the inadequacies of the Spaniards ...more
Talavera, Spain, 1809. Sharpe faces Napoleons armies at Talavera. His ferocity and strategic genius are, of course, hindered by weak and ineffectual allies (the Spanish, who flee in terror at their own musket volley, and the requisite enemies on his own side: in this book, the fatuous Colonel Sir Henry Simmerson, and his effete, woman-beating nephew). But they are no match for Sharpe, of course, who gets the girl, kills his enemies, loses the girl, and wins heaps of awards. Yes, its all a bit ...more
Kate Quinn
May 04, 2009 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.
Lee  (the Book Butcher)
Good entry in a amazingly entertaining series. The characters are true to form with Sharpe having his accustomed vailant allies like Lawford, Forrest, and Leroy. Against the contemptuous Simmerson, Gibbons, and Berry. Richard Sharpe succeeds despite a corrupt politcal structure of the 1800 century British army. With very satisfying results to American and modern in general readers. The love interest is a successful element in Eagle at least it's believable and in the spirit of the adventure ...more
Ian Mapp
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I'm reading them in chronological order, rather than order published. So this my book 8 but actually the first one that the author wrote.

Interesting that there doesn't have seen to be any continuity errors with the previous 7 books.

Same style - historically accurate, with plenty of detail but fast paced thriller that becomes a page turner. Here we are in the battle of Talavera - Spanish/English/Germans against the French at the height of Napoleons armies strengths.

As usual with the Sharpe books
Kate Sherrod
May 29, 2013 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,
Jason Allison
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Sharpe's tightest tales, Cornwell is at his best here. A simple plot; the 95th Rifles's colors lost thanks to inept leadership, Sharpe (now Captain) schemes to capture a French eagle in return. There's all the usual color here, a prospective love who Sharpe cannot have, Sgt. Harper by his side and Sir Arthur Wellesley trying to keep the Allied army alive against Napoleon's relentless Marshals. I heard someone post recently that Sharpe is closer to John Wick than Jack Aubrey in terms of ...more
Picked this up from the library on a whim as something to kill a few days before I have to move across the province to return to school, and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. Sharpe is a Hero with a capital H. You know the type: unkillable, unfailing good judgement, strong moral compass. Someone you can root for, even if he is more a romantic ideal than an actual person. On top of that, Cornwell had obviously researched the period and the campaign quite carefully, such that the battle ...more
This was my 8th Sharpe book and come to find out - it was the first one that Cornwell published. Knowing that now, I would say he did an outstanding job of building up the story before the original - especially with the friendship between Harper and Sharpe. This story was classic Cornwell with good guys and bad guys and attractive women - and always very entertaining. One of my favorite series at this point.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is my absolute favorite Sharpe book so far. The "blowing up the bridge" scene that comprises the first 15-20% of the book is masterful. I particularly enjoyed the French cavalry applauding. This book is exciting, appealing, and very rewarding.

There are so many parallels between life in the Regency British Army and modern corporate life that it's frightening.
Liesl de Swardt
This is the first book written by Cornwall in the series, but chronologically it is book 8 in the series. You can see the development of the author when you read the books in order, and this is a seriously good debut novel.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2016-17-season
Action packed adventure again, with commendable new allies and detestable new antagonists. Valuable historical insight into the troubles of the Peninsular war is also sprinkled throughout without detracting from or interrupting the story.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have revised my rating as I have reflected on this book. I believe I allowed my bias to impact my decision on the book. In reflection, I feel like the book itself is a well written work that has an engaging story. This book has left a positive imprint on my memory and have changed my rating appropriately.

I wanted to like this book, but I feel it let me down. There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts that I found to be uninteresting. I believe part of the problem is
Jan 08, 2011 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
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
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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 ...more

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