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Sharpe's Escape Hardcover – Apr 1 2004


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Canada; 1st Edition edition (April 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007120133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120130
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,429,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Murray on Feb. 28 2013
Format: Paperback
Another action adventure story featuring the rough and tumble Captain Sharpe who pokes a few more bad guys with the sharp end of his sword. He and his side kick Sergeant Harper, not to mention the token pretty girls, brave battles, sewers, arch fiends and saves the day.

Set in 1810 in Portugal the hero stumbles onto the devious plans of traitors and foils them. Thus he becomes the target for revenge. Not to fear Sharpe is here. He then saves the day and a couple of girls from rape and magnanimously gives the loot to his gal; which I found to be clever.

I liked the scene where they traversed a sewer and had to refrain from saying the `S' word for fear of offending a lady or lady want-to-be. The book is fast paced and entertaining. It will keep you reading. Seventeen gun salute for Sharpe's Escape.
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Format: Audio CD
Bernard Cornwell's historical fiction series of the adventures of Richard Sharpe is excellent.

This audio book of one novel of that series, Sharpe's Escape, is really well done. Cornwell's writing style is well suited to the spoken word and the narrator, British actor Paul McGann, does an excellent job with the material.

Great audio book. Highly recommended. I have a forty minute highway commute to and from work and I generally pass the time listening to audio books. I really enjoyed this one.
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Format: Paperback
I envy all those who read the Richard Sharpe novels in the chronological order of the events contained in them rather than the order in which they were published. For these newer readers, Sharpe's Escape contains all of the best features of the earlier (in chronology) nine novels: an easy-to-despise implacable foe (Ferragus), a slimy traitor (Captain Ferreira), a spectacular battle (Bussaco) where all could be lost if Sharpe doesn't take the right action (a whispered aside to Colonel Lawford), Sharpe dropping in to rescue another impossible combat situation, lots of ill-gotten goods at stake, a beautiful woman to beguile Sharpe, a seemingly impossible problem for Sharpe to solve when he's trapped in the cellar to a warehouse, and justice for the dastardly types.

So what's it all about? Wellington continues to try to hold Portugal against the French. Napoleon has sent Marshal Massena with a huge force to drive the British and Portuguese off the peninsula. Wellington has well-prepared defenses waiting in front of Lisbon, but he wants to starve the French army as much as possible so that attrition will make the conflict short. The French steal food rather than buy it, and Wellington leads a scorched earth program.

As the book opens, Sharpe is grumpy. He's been called back after a week rather than the month's leave his was promised and Colonel Lawford has stuck him with a lieutenant he cannot stand, Slingsby. Sharpe doesn't see how any good can come of all this.

Sharpe is sent to destroy a signaling tower so that the French won't be able to use it. In the process, he discovers the Portuguese brothers, Major Ferreira and Ferragus, preparing to sell a lot of flour to the French.
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