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Sharpe's Revenge: Richard Sharpe & the Peace of 1814 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #19) Hardcover


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670808679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670808670
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 2 2009
Format: Paperback
"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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Format: Paperback
This book is set right after Sharpes siege. It pretty much continues on from there.
This book puts the penisular wars to rest. The peace has left the winning British army being disbanded and sent home. But Sharpes nemesis, Ducos, has one more torture to put Sharpe through. The book sees Sharpe and Fredrickson (followed always by Harper) on the run from both the British and the French armies. The rest you have to read but it is a great story and it fits in perfectly with the series as a whole.
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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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