- By Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe's Gold

  • Title: Sharpe's Gold
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780140294316
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sharpe s Gold A year after the victory at Talavera Wellington s army outnumbered and bankrupt is on the verge of collapse Its only hope lies in a cache of gold hidden in the Portuguese mountains and the only ma

    A year after the victory at Talavera, Wellington s army, outnumbered and bankrupt, is on the verge of collapse Its only hope lies in a cache of gold hidden in the Portuguese mountains, and the only man capable of stealing it is Captain Richard Sharpe even if it means turning against his own side.

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    1. It's a treasure hunt and everyone's invited!British army officer Richard Sharpe is sent on a secretive mission in Spain, almost a fool's errand, to obtain rumored gold. This is gold that belongs to the Spanish, but is needed by the British, who certainly don't want it to fall into the hands of the French! Many of the nation's involved in the Napoleonic wars are represented in this ally-vs-ally-vs-enemy-vs-etc book, even the Germans show up for some fun!Sharpe's Gold is fun and would be considere [...]

    2. This has to be the worst of the Sharpe series. Aside from the abrupt ending to an already short novel, there are inconsistencies with the consistency of Cornwell's writing and characters. Sharpe and Wellington are both amply out of character here. While both are motivated by an unrelenting desire to succeed, the actions taken in this installment go beyond their previously established value system. There are also plot holes such as how did Hagman and his 3 get out of the village after providing o [...]

    3. Sharpe's Gold picks up the story of the freshly appointed, yet unconfirmed, Captain Richard Sharpe soon after his famous capture of a French regimental Eagle at the battle of Talavera (I think 1810, but I'm not very good with numbers). The fate of the British armies in Portugal is in Dire Straits (I've always wanted to find a way to insert the name of this rock band in one of my reviews) , and General Wellington's last resort is to send the unorthodox but highly effective Sharpe deep into enemy [...]

    4. Sharpe, immediately after winning accolades for capturing a French Eagle, is ordered by Wellington to steal a fortune in Spanish gold. This is in the care of El Catolico, a devious and selfish Spanish partisan, who wants it for himself. Naturally, Sharpe means to take it – and El Catolico’s fierce, beautiful lover, of course.Cornwell surprised me in this book: Major Kearsey, the strict, rather uptight official whom Sharpe has difficulties with, did not, to my great amazement, turn out to be [...]

    5. I've been meaning to review these for ages, I read all these books a long time ago and I think I would have to re-read them to remember every story line. That's the problem with trying to review books you read over ten years ago. When I read these books it was a happy time for me as I received all the collection including the short stories as a wedding present ten years ago and as I celebrate my tenth anniversary of being married to my beautiful wife, I wanted to save my overall review of the se [...]

    6. Taking place in 1809, this is the ninth book chronologically in the Richard Sharpe series. In my opinion it is the worst of the nine.Sharpe, as usual, has more problems with his own people than with the French enemy. In this story he encounters an arrogant provost, a religious zealot, an unsympathetic General and a Spanish ally who wants him dead.Also, as usual, he meets a beautiful woman whom he falls in love with but can never have because he is a soldier and must move on. He survives numerous [...]

    7. Reading these books makes me want to watch the series again, it's one of those periods of time that I am drawn to. Love the whole Napoleonic wars era, though I prefer Nelson to Wellington. Anyway back to the book, it's still the peninsular wars with Britain trying to retain their foothold in Portugal and Spain. Things are going badly and funds are low, but there's a hidden stash of gold that could come in handy if only we can get our mitts on it. There's also a man Wellington has in mind for the [...]

    8. Another enjoyable romp through the Napoleonic Wars. This time, not so much as fighting the French as the Spanish Guerrillas. After all, even your allies get a little upset when you steal, sorry, rescue their gold. Even if it is at the command of the Duke of Wellington! It all climaxes with Sharpe becoming trapped in a siege and being ordered by the city commander to return the gold to the Spanish and Sharpe's novel solution to his problem

    9. So far my least favorite of the Sharpe series. I'll avoid spoilers, but Sharpe's solution to his seemingly intractable problem was appalling and indefensible. Cornwell did a poor job of selling the problem and the solution, and so I think I'll just have to forget this ever happened if I'm to enjoy the rest of the series.

    10. Sharpe’s Gold by Bernard Cornwell is another enjoyable volume in Cornwell’s Napoleonic War series featuring our hero, Richard Sharpe. I found this one particularly interesting not just because it’s a good story that proposes an unusual solution for the cause of a huge explosion that destroyed the fortress at Alameda, but also because of the huge ethical dilemma that Sharpe creates for himself. To my way of thinking, Sharpe doesn’t linger long enough on the ramifications of his act, which [...]

    11. The second book in the series - chronologically the ninth - Sharpes Gold tells of a daring mission behing enemy lines to retreive a hidden caches of gold in the Portuguese mountains.For anyone who has seen the TV adaptation, be warned: the novel only holds a passing resemblance. It's also typical Sharpe fare: the hero taking on both his own side and the enemy. This is also the novel that introduces us to the Partisan Teresa, who later in the series becomes his wife. As usual for Cornwell, real e [...]

    12. While this is book #9 in the series, it is only the third Sharpe book I have read. Sharpe is asked by Wellington to complete a task to save the war from being lost. At first it seems all too simple and is soon made complicated by bad information and incompetent superior officers. Despite the involvement of the Spanish freedom fighters and a beautiful girl, Sharpe manages to complete his mission with the aid of the Polish lancers sent to assist.I have always loved heroes who prevail against all o [...]

    13. Hardly a revelation at this point that this series is a decent read, with some interesting history tacked onto a somewhat improbable hero.

    14. Okay, so admittedly I am not the most adventurous reader on the planet. I tend to stick to the same well-worn paths and seldom veer off into genres with which I am unacquainted. Boring, I know, but it works for me. Someone at work talked highly about a certain historical fiction author - don't get me started on all the fallacies of that genre- but I figured I would give it a shot. Especially since he dumped the paperback on my desk. After the book sitting at my house for weeks -admittedly while [...]

    15. Typical Sharpe book. Good, not great. There's another random love interest that Sharpe has fallen deeply and madly in love with after only a few days and practically no interaction. Of course, her fiance is the evil villain that must be confronted, just like every other Sharpe novel. A lot of familiar characters play their cardboard cut out roles. There are also some continuity issues. Here Sharpe is musing on how poor a swordsman is, yet as far back as Sharpe's Tiger he is portrayed as an exper [...]

    16. This is bloody awesome. Reads like a historical napoleon-era western. Includes one really cool swordfight. I read this as my second Sharpe book and knew after reading that I will have to read them all maybe. It seems so far that every book has been better than earlier, which encourages me even more.In this story the characters get more flesh around their bones and everything comes together more --in a third book Sharpe's Escape it seems that not only shit is together, it also smells and looks an [...]

    17. This book is typical for the Sharpe series. Sharpe is sent into French held territory with his company to retrieve Spanish gold needed for the war effort. In addition to the French he also encounters problems with the allies of the British, the partisans. It is a classic Sharpe story, displaying his reliance on his instincts, flare for tactics and his characteristic bravery. The normal cast of characters is included. We also meet a woman who I expect will be a recurring character.

    18. Richard Sharpe is the 'oo7' of the Napoleonic Wars. There is always an impossible mission and a beautiful girl. And, like James Bond, he always completes the mission and gets the girl sort of! The girl always finds someone rich and powerful and leaves Sharpe alone again -- until the next adventure that is! Frederick Davidson, the narrator, is superb. He makes these stories come alive. Great historical fiction.

    19. Once again superman Sharpe is unbeatable in the Peninsular War. As usual, he beats all his enemies (the French, the Spanish, other members of the British army), gets the girl (briefly) and saves the day. It's utter rubbish, but I love it.

    20. Sharpe as attackPage turning suspense but lighter in the story department than most Sharpe entries. If I hadn't read so many footnotes in the Flashman series, (one mentioned Wellington's "Lines") I wouldn't have been as impressed with the ending as I was.

    21. Very griping and hard to put downExciting, and very well written as always you never know what Sharpe is going to do next and with harper as his side kick you know it going to be fun and very exciting

    22. My first attempt at the Sharpe series. I must say that I liked it and have bought 2 more. Unexpected ending. At the back of my mind while I was flipping through the pages, what was the gold for? Why it is more important than any battalion or a country?To find out you must read this book.

    23. Ninth in the Richard Sharpe historical military fiction series. This one finds Richard a Captain during the Peninsular War in August 1810.My TakeJust a bit of theft required to acquire the gold Wellesley needs to continue the war. London believes all is lost and is dithering about sending any money while still expecting Wellesley to pay the Spanish, the Portuguese, and take care of his own men.I can't blame Wellesley for taking the gold, especially since the Spanish were such tightwads and never [...]

    24. Sharpe continues his leadership of a rogue infantry in pursuit of Wellington’s charge. As the 9th book in the Sharpe series they remain entertaining while maintaining some historic detail.

    25. Not one of the best Sharpe books, especially the ending which seemed totally out of character, but still good fun for a light read.

    26. Maybe my favorite so far. Cornwell really knows how to spin a yarn, and this one weaves together a couple of real events that were key to Wellington's peninsular campaign. Fun read.

    27. Conflicts between duty and honor, orders written and unwritten, and the lure of exotic women for lonely soldiers makes for another excellent installment.

    28. Could I be getting use to this blood and guts? This one was a little better. It had a love interest. And a horrific ending. #9 in Sharpe series.

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