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Arena: Challenger (Part Two of the Roman Arena Series)
 
 

Arena: Challenger (Part Two of the Roman Arena Series) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Scarrow
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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The second ebook-exclusive novella in Simon Scarrow's Roman Arena series, following novice gladiator Pavo's next gruelling test, which will put mentor Macro's loyalties on the line.


Rome under the rule of the ruthless new Emperor Claudius is a dangerous place. Condemned to gladiator school Marcus Valerius Pavo, the son of a treasonous general, is a celebrated hero following a dramatic victory in the arena. Now he finds himself pitted against one of the greatest gladiators who ever lived: Decimus Cominius Denter. Though Denter has fallen on harder times he is still a formidable opponent, and it is up to newly decorated Macro to whip him into shape. But as the much-heralded fight descends into chaos and riots threaten to engulf the city, Macro must choose between his duty to Rome and his loyalty to Pavo...


Simon Scarrow supports the Bansang Hospital Appeal – learn more at www.bansanghospitalappeal.org. He will be donating his earnings from the sale of this book to the Appeal.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (27 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K9XLBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Scarrow's passion for writing began at an early age. After a childhood spent travelling the world he pursued his great love of history as a teacher, before becoming a full-time writer in 2005. Simon's Roman soldier heroes Cato and Macro first stormed the book shops in 2000, and Simon continues to create one new adult Roman novel each year. Simon has many other literary projects in hand including a young adult Roman series and THE SWORD AND THE SCIMITAR, an epic tale of the Siege of Malta in the sixteenth century. To find out more about Simon Scarrow and his novels, visit www.catoandmacro.com and www.scarrow.co.uk.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Pavo than Macro... but well worth £2 1 Jan 2013
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I quite like these new novella's, the fact that they allow Simon to release some work regularly for those fans of his work.
I did think the description of this one to be a little misleading; Macro is not in this one anywhere near as much as part one, something i would expect in a full novel, but the novella's are (as far as im aware a prequel about Macro's early career). The description leads me to think the book is a Macro book, but in reality its a Pavo book.
Now that gripe aside, Pavo is an excellent character and im more than happy to read about him, he brings a different dimension to Simon's Macro and Cato world. I think there could be more complexity to his character, but a novella may not offer the opportunity to explore it, as there is little room to do that , train and get to meat of the plot. Each book does reveal a little more depth to Pavo, there is a nice line in animosity within the ludus... not sure that can go anywhere now though?
And my final gripe: Pallas while in the background is clearly a key person in Macros life at this point, and yet None of this came up in Praetorian, I would have liked to have seen more of this animosity coming out and being told to Cato in that book.

But all of this aside, i really enjoyed the book, it was a one sitting read, always the sign of a good book, and i have pre-ordered books 3, 4 & 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good reading 30 May 2013
By Pete
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I enjoy his books because they give an insight into the world of Rome during that period without being too heavy on the brain.
Will carry on looking for his "stuff" and look forward to the next ones in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good familiar characters 29 May 2013
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Good story good twists and not easy to predict the outcome. Well set in the period, with the odd characrers popping in and out to keep the plot moving well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars carrying on the good work 24 May 2013
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Because this involves one of Scarrow's heros Macro there is added interest in the story because of it. We learned a little more of Macro's past which is interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top spot 17 May 2013
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excellent read couldn't put it down. this series is turning out to be a classic roll on the next book in the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarrow is excellent 23 April 2013
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Haven't read it yet but have read everything else Simon scarrow has written expecting a minimum of 17 characters seems unecessary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read 21 April 2013
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cant wait for the next book, its the sort of book you cant put down, hope there are lots more in the pipe line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 9 April 2013
By Lesley
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It's got swear words in it but that just makes it better. Loads of action violent (someone gets their ear bitten off.)
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