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

Simon Scarrow
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 He will be donating his earnings from the sale of this book to the Appeal.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 385 KB
    • Print Length: 83 pages
    • Publisher: Headline (27 Dec. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008K9XLBS
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,900 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 and

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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.
    Arena: First Sword (Part Three of the Roman Arena Series)
    Arena: Revenge (Part Four of the Roman Arena Series)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next instalment 27 Dec. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Had this delivered to my Kindle this morning and couldn't wait to get reading. It didn't disappoint.

    Pavo's struggle continues with the odds hopelessly stacked against him as his lanista and doctores conspire with Rome's politicians to prematurely end his new found celebrity status. They not only pit him against a previously unbeaten gladiator, but also tip the scales in the favour of Pavo's rival.
    Optio Macro once again makes an appearance, but it was nice to see him in a more supporting role this time round, allowing Pavo to take centre stage and develop as a character.

    At only £1.99, this ebook is competitively priced and in my opinion, good value for money. It takes about the same time to read as a 'Quickread' or a magazine.

    For me, this series could run and run, and I for one can't wait for the next instalment.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 19 Mar. 2013
    By Neil88
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    These books are great to read if you havent got long. i finished it in 3 hours as with the one before. I feel my only downside is that all 5 books should just be the one book. instead you just have 5 small books but thats just me. otherwise good book
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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
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great little read 7 Mar. 2013
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    Another great compelling read from Simon Scarrow.although short, holds your attention and continues to intrigue. Each volume of this Arena series keepsbyou waiting for the sequel.
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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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    3.0 out of 5 stars Challenger 31 Jan. 2013
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    a bit disappointing the book was very short I feel the two books could have been put together and it was a bit difficult to 'go back in time to pre - Cato time!
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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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