Sharpe's Eagle: Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign, July 1809

After the cowardly incompetence of two officers besmirches their name, Captain Richard Sharpe must redeem the regiment by capturing the most valued prize in the French Army—a golden Imperial Eagle, the standard touched by the hand of Napoleon himself.

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By Brad (Summerside, PE, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · December 30, 2009
WARNING: This review claims that historical novels are like porn movies, and I discuss porn throughout. Please avoid this review if porn offends you.

Historical novels are a bit like porn for me. I am always faintly ashamed to be a fan, I generally hide my taste for them, but I get off on what th... ...more
By Carac (Canada) · ★★★★☆ · April 24, 2014


I was a big fan of Sharpe as a young adult. This was the first book in the series when I started reading Cornwell and it has everything that I came to expect from the other titles. The historical details are fascinating and the action is amazing. The smoke from the battles comes off the pages.

Co... ...more
By Xan (Santiago De Compostela, 58, Spain) · ★★★★☆ · October 17, 2013
Aunque cronológicamente es el octavo de la saga este fue el primer libro de Sharpe publicado por Edhasa. No sé en que momento caí rendido a los pies del rudo soldado inglés y su tropa de temibles fusileros, posiblemente resistí los primeros veinte minutos, dudo que aguantase más. Desde entonces s... ...more
By Chris (The United States) · ★★★★★ · January 27, 2012
Bernard Cornwell does an excellent job of detailing the events of Sharpe in this book.

I personally love the series being a fan of the books and the TV series. The story is. The Struggling Sharpe is a Captain on Sufferance meaning he is only a Captain because of someone dying. He needs to earn or... ...more
By Carol (Troy, NY) · ★★★★★ · July 18, 2011
My first Sharpe book -- really amazing -- best military adventure story ever!

I had heard about these Sharpe books for years, but I never really got interested in them until my good friend Deborah Hale mentioned them. SHARPE'S EAGLE really impressed me, even on audiobook!

The thing that surprised m... ...more
By Gerald (Zanesville, OH) · ★★★★☆ · February 02, 2015
After reading several Cornwell books, I finally started the Sharpe series. This was a great introduction to Richard Sharpe. He is similar to other Cornwell heroes in that he is skilled in war and seemingly invincible. He does have his weaknesses but he uses them to motivate himself to greater glo... ...more
By Justus (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 08, 2011
Sharpe's Eagle is (currently) #8 in order of chronological ordering, #1 by original publication date, and #3 in the "Peninsular War" part of Sharpe's saga. This was the first time where the out-of-order writing of the books caused me serious fits.

Sharpe's Eagle was the first Sharpe book (though I... ...more
By Joyce (Ragusa, Italy) · ★★★★☆ · April 20, 2010
No. 8 in the Richard Sharpe series.[return][return]It s 1809, and the British Army under Wellesley (not yet Lord Wellington) is in Portugal. Lieutenant Sharpe, recovering from a saber wound, has his first encounter with the South Essex Battalion of infantry, newly arrived from England with two ar... ...more
By Torben (Wilhelmshaven, 06, Germany) · ★★★★☆ · January 29, 2012
Wieder ein toller Sharpe. Jetzt heißt es wieder warten bis Juli auf die nächste Wiederauflage. Cornwell ist grandios in den Schlachtbeschreibungen und schafft es auch immer einen wirklich hassenswerten Antagonisten zum jetzt Captain Sharpe zu erschaffen. Vier Sterne deswegen, weil ich die Story e... ...more