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Simon Scarrow
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Praetorian
paperback
496 pages
The city of Rome in AD 50 is a dangerous place. Treachery lurks on every corner, and a shadowy Republican movement, 'the Liberators', has spread its tentacles wide. It is feared that the heart of the latest plot lies in the ranks of the Praetorian Guard. Uncertain of whom he can trust, the Imperial Secretary Narcissus summons to Rome two courageous men guaranteed to be loyal to the grave: army veterans Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro.

Tasked with infiltrating the Guard, Cato and Macro face a daunting test to win the trust of their fellow soldiers. No sooner have they begun to unearth the details of the Liberators devious plan than disaster strikes: an old enemy who could identify them, with deadly consequences, makes an unexpected appearance. Now they face a race against time to save their own lives before they can unmask the mastermind behind the Liberators..

Interesting fast paced Roman novel, good number of little plot twists, great read.

Recommended
8/10
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Simon Scarrow
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The Gladiator
paperback
374 pages
Roman legionnairs Macro and Cato find themselves on Crete after a huge earthquake and tidal wave. Law and order on the island have fallen apart, and they find themselves having to help re-establish order, and deal with a slave rebellion led by someone who they have encountered before.

All in all, the story moves along well, and keeps you entertained, but it feels rather similar to the other stories in the series
7/10
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Simon Scarrow
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The Eagle And The Wolves
hardcover
441 pages
Historic novel in the Eagles Series. It's AD 44, and Vespasian and the Second Legion are forging ahead in their campaign to seize the south-west of Britain. Macro and newly appointed centurion Cato are ordered to provide Verica, ruler of the Atrebatans, with an army. They must train his tribal levies into a force that can protect him and take on the increasingly ambitious raids that the enemy is launching.

But despite the Atrebatans' official allegiance to Rome, open revolt is brewing, for many want to resist the Roman invaders. Macro and Cato must win the loyalty of the disgruntled levies - but can they succeed whilst surviving a deadly plot to destroy both of them?

Usual quality of work, historically accurate it seems, and with a constant pace and well defined characters, not immensely stereotyped.

Recommended!
8/10
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Simon Scarrow
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The Eagles Prophecy
hardcover
376 pages
It is AD 45, and Macro and Cato are in Rome, waiting for their involvement in a fellow officer’s death to be investigated. But is is not just their future that hangs in the balance. Ruthless pirates have captured three scrolls vital to the future of Rome. The devious Imperial Secretary, Narcissus, orders Macro, Cato and their old enemy Vitellius to set sail with the imperial fleet to crush the pirates. But the pirates have been forewarned and the Romans pay a heavy price. Amidst all the chaos one thing is certain: the Empire will fall if Macro and Cato fail.

Another brilliantly written adventure in the Roman Army, fighting pirates this time. Bit of a seemingly pointless subplot regarding Macros mother, but nevertheless e real page turner!

Recommended!
9/10
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Simon Scarrow
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Under The Eagle
hardcover
256 pages
It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn’t difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them. As second-in-command to Macro, the fearless, battle-scarred centurion who leads them, Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. Then the men discover that the army’s next campaign will take them to a land of unparalleled barbarity – Britain. After the long march west, Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy that threatens to topple the Emperor himself..

First novel in the series, and clear to see things for better as the series progressed. Nevertheless, entertaining enough read for those with a thing for Romans..

Recommended
7/10
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