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Sharpe's Revenge (1989)

by Bernard Cornwell

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It is 1814 and the defeat of Napoleon seems imminent-if the well-protected city of toulouse can be conquered. For Richard Sharpe, the battle turns out to be one of the bloodiest of the Peninsula Wars, and he must draw on his last reserves of strength to lead his troops to victory. But before Sharpe can lay down his sword, he must fight a different sort of battle. accused of stealing Napoleon's personal treasure, Sharpe escapes from a British military court and embarks on the battle of his life-armed only with the unflinching resolve to protect his honor.… (more)
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It's 1814 and the British and Spanish forces have fought their way into France and assault Toulouse in one of the more bloody wars of a bloody campaign.

But victory there doesn't lessen the risks Sharpe faces. Indeed, it increases them for he and his comrade Captain William Frederickson face the pernicious fussiness of British bureaucracy. And not all the French had given up thoughts of revenging themselves on a seemingly unstoppable enemy. As Sharpe chases the Frenchman who claimed he'd stolen Napoleon's gold, he finds a great wrong had been done to an honourable enemy. And the dead man's wife thought she'd had little reason to spare Sharpe when he came calling. Sharpe's own wife had also betrayed him but she was in London.

This book doesn't build up to a grand finale, rather starting out that way with the sacking of Toulouse. It tends to feel it's a winding down of the series, which it is in a sort of way but Sharpe has one more battle to face - one of the best known in British history - Waterloo itself! ( )
  JohnFair | Sep 17, 2017 |
Another thoroughly enjoyable Sharpe story. Accused of something he didn't do, Sharpe has to prove himself innocent - hence the revenge. All good stuff... ( )
  cbinstead | Jul 6, 2017 |
Framed for a crime he did not commit, Sharpe goes to clear his name. Even in a time of peace he cannot rest. Things looked very bleak at times, I wanted to see how he could succeed.

I'm reading this out of any kind of order, so there are things from prior books I missed. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jun 21, 2016 |
A complex Sharpe with our hero betrayed by his second wife, Jane. Complications arising from a duel left over from the previous novel leaves Sharpe on the run. Eventually with the help of French soldiers, RS is at least free to move to France and begin a new life. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 8, 2013 |
Why can't Cornwell write ONE decent female character? ( )
  wispywillow | Aug 30, 2011 |
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It is 1814 and the defeat of Napoleon seems imminent-if the well-protected city of toulouse can be conquered. For Richard Sharpe, the battle turns out to be one of the bloodiest of the Peninsula Wars, and he must draw on his last reserves of strength to lead his troops to victory. But before Sharpe can lay down his sword, he must fight a different sort of battle. accused of stealing Napoleon's personal treasure, Sharpe escapes from a British military court and embarks on the battle of his life-armed only with the unflinching resolve to protect his honor.

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