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Sharpe's Escape

(2004)
(The tenth book in the Sharpe series)
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Publisher's Weekly
"So Sharpe and Harper will march again." Thus ended Sharpe's Havoc, the previous (19th) volume in Cornwell's series, and Sharpe aficionados will rejoice that the prophecy has been fulfilled. In September of 1810, just before repulsing the French army on the bare slopes of Bussaco ridge in central Portugal, Captain Sharpe is forced to take Lieutenant Slingsby, Colonel Lawford's arrogant, heavy-drinking brother-in-law, under his wing. Sharpe then stumbles into a confrontation with Ferragus, the malevolent brother of their treacherous Portuguese ally, Major Ferreira, whom he catches illegally hoarding flour to sell to the enemy. Sharpe is soon ambushed by the cowardly Ferragus and barely escapes with his life. The much abused captain is further humiliated when, despite Slingsby's poor performance at Bussaco, Lawford puts him in charge of the troops, then has the effrontery to reprimand Sharpe for refusing to apologize for insulting the fool. When the French find a way to flank them, the British retreat through Coimbra, where Sharpe and Harper, Sharpe's right-hand man, find themselves lured into a trap. Sharpe's old friend, Portuguese captain Vicente, and a young English governess come to Sharpe's rescue just in time for Sharpe to save his battalion, exacting retribution on his enemies in a resoundingly satisfactory denouement. With fully fleshed-out characters and keen human insight, Cornwell just keeps getting better. His faithful will be left hoping Sharpe goes on forever. Forecast: With Master and Commander fresh in readers' minds, now is the time for booksellers to recommend Cornwell to Patrick O'Brian fans. This is the first Sharpe novel to be offered by the Book-of-the-Month Club, and it promises to build on the success of previous installments. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal
Sharpe battles on, this time getting trapped by Portuguese traitors even as his company tries to save their country from French invasion. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Cornwell's excellent long-running Sharpe series (Sharpe's Havoc, 2003, etc.) takes the soldiers' soldier to real-life battles around Bussaco and Coimbra, Portugal. Having imposed Napoleonic and imperial peace everywhere else in Europe, the Corsican monster has sent his troops to sew up what remains unconquered on the Iberian Peninsula. But, zut!, the Portuguese will not roll over. Lord Wellington-on his way to that Iron Dukedom-has dug in for the long haul, contrary to the French and occasional Portuguese belief that the English will cut and run for their ships when things get the least bit tough. Wellington's forces have secretly constructed a series of forts and battlements that extend from the Tagus River to the Atlantic, completely protecting Lisbon and its monarch. He has also instituted a scorched earth policy throughout the countryside, ordering the destruction of every bit of food and provision that might allow the French to dig in and stay. While carrying out those orders near the university city of Coimbra, Captain Sharpe encounters the treacherous Ferreira brothers, one a turncoat officer, the other a hulking sadist with a thriving business in slaves and prostitutes. The Ferreiras have been caught with a stash they were planning to sell to the Frogs, and when Sharpe puts the supplies to the torch he incurs the murderous wrath of Ferragus, the criminal kingpin, a fury that will plague the captain every bit as much as the Emperor's armies. Further complication comes from the awful Lieutenant Slingsby, a minor county boozer who cynically married the pregnant sister-in-law of Sharpe's commanding officer and now expects to move into Sharpe's position. Everything comes to a boil inCoimbra, where Ferragus has a warehouse secretly stuffed with enough supplies to keep the French fed for a good long siege of Lisbon and where Sharpe falls into a trap laid by the brute. He will emerge with the assistance of a clever Portuguese chum and a spunky English governess. Another good one. Agent: Toby Eady/Toby Eady Associates

Genre: Historical
 
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Hardback Editions

July 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe & the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 Large Print (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-7862-6690-2 / 978-0-7862-6690-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: Sharpe's Escape
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-7540-9996-2 / 978-0-7540-9996-3 (UK edition)
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March 2004 : UK Hardback
Title: Sharpe's Escape
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-00-712013-3 / 978-0-00-712013-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe & the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-06-053047-2 / 978-0-06-053047-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

May 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe & the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-06-056155-6 / 978-0-06-056155-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (The Sharpe Series, Book 10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-00-745293-4 / 978-0-00-745293-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper
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March 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Sharpe's Escape (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-06-056095-9 / 978-0-06-056095-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTorch
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November 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sharpe Series (10) - Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-00-712014-1 / 978-0-00-712014-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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April 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Sharpe's Escape
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-00-714987-5 / 978-0-00-714987-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Sharpe's Escape
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-00-779931-4 / 978-0-00-779931-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Audio Editions

August 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810: The Sharpe Series, Book 10
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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August 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810: The Sharpe Series, Book 10
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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July 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape: Portugal, 1810
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: Recorded Books
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December 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.
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June 2005 : USA Audio edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape: Book X of the Sharpe Series
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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March 2005 : USA Audio edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape: Book X of the Sharpe Series
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperAudio
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2005 : UK Audio CD
Title: Sharpe's Escape (Complete and Unabridged) Audiobook
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 1-4056-7111-4 / 978-1-4056-7111-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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April 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Sharpe's Escape: Richard Sharpe & the Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-06-059172-2 / 978-0-06-059172-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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April 2004 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Sharpe's Escape
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-00-718115-9 / 978-0-00-718115-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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April 2004 : UK Audio CD
Title: Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (The Sharpe Series, Book 10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0-00-718114-0 / 978-0-00-718114-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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2004 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Sharpe's Escape (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 1-4025-7505-X / 978-1-4025-7505-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Sharpe's Escape
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 1-4025-8660-4 / 978-1-4025-8660-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2004 : USA Audio CD
Title: Sharpe's Escape (Richard Sharpe's Adventure Series #10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 1-4025-7507-6 / 978-1-4025-7507-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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July 2009 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Sharpe's Escape: The Bussaco Campaign, 1810 (The Sharpe Series, Book 10)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
Publisher: HarperCollins
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