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Sharpe's Revenge [Paperback]

Bernard Cornwell
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April 1 1990
It is 1814 and after a series of battles the British and Spanish armies are pushing into south-western France. But Sharpe's war is not over. Accused of stealing a consignment of Napoleon's treasure, Sharpe must elude his captors and track down the unknown enemy who has tried to incriminate him. From the author of BATLE FLAG.

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The 10th in Cornwell's series ( Sharpe's Rifles , etc.) is a corker. It is early 1814 and Major Richard Sharpe is still with one-eyed Capt. Frederickson and giant Sgt. Maj. Harper. Sharpe's French nemesis Major Ducos, in the first of a series of betrayals, has stolen a fortune from Napoleon and framed Sharpe for the crime. As fugitives from the British Army and the restored French royalist regime, Sharpe, Frederickson and Harper travel across France and into Naples to find Ducos and clear themselves. They must also deal with a loyal Bonapartist general and a rapacious Neapolitan cardinal, both of whom want the treasure. Sharpe has further problems with a fickle young wife in Regency London and an unlikely romantic attachment in Normandy. Fast and gripping, the story is carried by Cornwell's easy hold on vivid period detail. After an alliance of convenience with the Bonapartist general, Sharpe's final escape is literally dazzling. Readers will relish this adventure and eagerly await Sharpe at Waterloo.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In 1814, Richard Sharp must take the well-defended city of Toulouse to secure the defeat of Napoleon. But after this bloodiest of battles, Napoleon's personal treasure disappears. Sharp, framed by a clever renegade French commander, must escape from a British military prison, find the real culprit, and recover the gold and jewels if he is to save his career and good name. This volume, a brilliant historic action, adventure, and love story, appeals to a wide audience, much like the other titles in this fabulous series (e.g., Sharpe's Regiment, Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/94). Frederick Davidson performs an unparalleled dramatization. A fascinating and educational work that will do credit to any library.?James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe on another adventure June 22 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is one of the most improbable of Sharpe's adventures, but I enjoyed it all the same. Unlike some of the other novels this is pure plot and action. There's not much character development. As usual I really enjoy the author's attention to detail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe's Revenge Jan. 15 2013
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The book and the dust jacket are both in excellent condition. I will be a nice addition to the collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe Can Find No Peace July 2 2009
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord. -- Romans 12:19

War's end is always a mixed blessing for professional soldiers and sailors. They are tired of fighting, glad to be alive, but wonder if they can deal the peace.

At home, they may not get the respect they deserve. They may find that people have been plotting against them.

As the days ran out for Napoleon, those thoughts and issues were on the mind of Major Richard Sharpe as he arranged a duel ("grass before breakfast") to gain revenge against the naval Captain Bampfylde who abandoned Sharpe and his men behind enemy lines and arrogantly sought to claim credit for a victory that belonged to the army. Sharpe's wife Jane hates the thought of a duel and headed off to England angry.

After the duel, there's still a battle to be fought. Marshal Soult's army is defending Toulouse and Sharpe is given a staff position in the battle. But naturally, he soon finds himself wielding his sword. After the battle, there's bitter irony in learning that the Emperor Napoleon had abdicated several days before.

Then, it's time to head home. There's tragedy as all those women who married without a colonel's permission are denied transport to England.

Before he can leave, Sharpe and Captain Frederickson find themselves falsely accused of stealing an enormous treasure. How will they cleanse themselves of dishonor? Could it be that an old enemy is involved?

This story should be thought of as a continuation of Sharpe's Siege because most of the same characters are involved. At the same time, the main theme is about the fickleness of governments, armies, war, and fate.
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