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Brothers in Blood (Roman Legion 13) [Hardcover]

Simon Scarrow
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9 Oct 2014 Roman Legion 13

The Sunday Times bestselling author of THE GLADIATOR and CENTURION returns with another unputdownable, thrilling and action-packed novel of the Roman army in Britannia.

The Roman Empire's conquest of Britannia is under threat from within.

A messenger on the streets of Rome has been intercepted and tortured, revealing a plot to sabotage the Roman army's campaign against Caratacus, commander of Britannia's native tribes. A treacherous agent's mission is to open a second front of attack against them and eliminate the two Roman soldiers who could stand in the way.

Unwarned, the Prefect Cato and the Centurion Macro are with the Roman army pursuing Caratacus and his men through the mountains of Britannia. Defeating Caratacus seems within their grasp. But the plot against the two heroes threatens not only their military goals but also their lives.

Includes 2 maps and Roman army organisation chart.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (9 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755393937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755393930
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels of the Roman Empire:

'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read'

(Bernard Cornwell)

'Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best' (Independent)

[Simon Scarrow] blends together historical facts and characters to create a book that simply cannot be put down... Highly recommended (Historical Novels Review)

'A satisfyingly bloodthirsty, bawdy romp...perfect for Bernard Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action. Storming stuff' (Good Book Guide)

'Rollicking good fun' (Mail on Sunday)

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The Sunday Times bestselling author of THE GLADIATOR and CENTURION returns with another unputdownable, thrilling and action-packed novel of the Roman army in Britannia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back with the Blood Crows 9 Oct 2014

I always like my reviews to be upfront and honest, so just for sake of clarity: I have been a fan of Simon Scarrow’s books since his first book 14 years ago. I have been lucky enough to consider Simon a friend and have (Centurion) Parmenion appear as a character in two of the Cato series (Eagle in the Sand and Centurion), that however should no way colour my review, each book on its merit. As a fan of the series i had started to experience some concern with the Cato series around book 9 (Gladiator), I wasn’t a fan of the introduction of Julia as a character, she works well as a device in the background, a way to improve Cato’s position in Roman Society, but as a participant i always felt she diluted the plot, as such i have enjoyed her not being in the book. (sorry Simon)

I very much enjoyed book 12 and the introduction of the Blood Crows, a return to Britannia and a return to Macro and Cato being soldiers, working with their men within the twisted politics of the Roman world and army. Brothers in Blood is another continuation of that return to classic Macro and Cato. Our dynamic duo set to capture Caratacus, dangerous battles to be fought, The spies of Pallas to contend with and the ever present political shenanigans of the Roman army, the petty politics of the cursus honorum driving the behavior of so many of their peers. As ever Simon manages to weave a splendid web of intrigue, making us guess at every turn who the Pallas may have put in their path, i like to think that knowing Simon and his books so well is why i guessed right, i think the reveal will come as a surprise to most.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Brothers in blood (Eagle 13) carries on from the blood Crows with our stalwart protagonists Macro and Cato once again on the trail of the tenacious Briton Caratacus and the tribes of the Ordovices and Silures of North and south Wales.

Simon Scarrow certainly knows how to write a fast paced intriguing plot, laced with visceral gritty bloody combats and battles, interwoven with in-depth historical detail.

I for one find this latest offering, if somewhat predictable, still a thoroughly good yarn, the author has an innate sense for the period and is also a master of characterisation, so much so that after reading all thirteen sequels to date I feel a definite bond with the characters Macro and Cato, more so with Macro. Having had the honour to serve in the Paras for many years, I can attest to Simon's grasp of the cammaradie that exists between men who have faced danger in battle and the earthy wit that abounds even in times of great hardship and peril.

Bearing in mind the no spoilers rule, it is only left for me to say that long may the Eagle series continue.
The perfect companion to the eagle series is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker, Simon in his review says:
Beautifully sculpted it is a very handsome thing! The reason why I particularly like this cup is that it features the men and insignia of the second legion, the unit in which Cato learned how to become a soldier under the affectionate eye of Macro! it's a lovely thing and has pride of place on my desk right now!Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite "more of the same"... 19 Oct 2014
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I almost titled this review “more of the same” but this would have been somewhat unfair and not quite true.

Granted, this is volume 13 of Simon Scarrow’s series on Cato and Macro, the two Roman soldiers who seem to survive the most impossible situations. For the second episode in a row, there are yet again back in Britain and yet again fighting against Caratacus, the Briton King who fought for so long against the Roman invaders. You also get some of the “usual” Roman spy pieces, here as two of the freedmen who had been running the Empire on the behalf of Emperor Claudius take opposite sides and fight it out with the ageing Emperor’s succession in mind. Of course, our two heroes will, as usual, be in the thick of it all, and once again, get out of it alive, well and ready for the next episode.

If this was all there is to it, it would make up a somewhat “ok” book, to use Amazon’s terminology, but perhaps no more than that. The book would lack originality. It would be just another “swords and sandals” romp, and perhaps not a very original one. I would therefore somewhat share the opinion of another reviewer about this series becoming “very tired” although I would feel that the book was still worth more than two stars. There is, however, quite a bit more to it than just that.

One interesting piece was the way the author told the story of the last campaign and battle against Caratacus. The geographical settings of the battle and its outcome are historically accurate. The Romans did manage to force Caratacus to offer battle. He did select a very favourable position, as depicted in the book, and the Romans did prevail despite this advantage, although we do not exactly know how.
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4.0 out of 5 stars O Brother Where Are Thou?
Marco and Cato return once more in Simon Scarrow’s epic series, not only in terms of the battles, but also in terms of scope. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This has been one of the better Cato and Macro adventures. Full o f intrigue and brilliant combat action. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mark Time
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
I have been working my way through the macro and Cato series and absolutely love them and recommend them to anyone.
Published 2 days ago by David John James Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson finding all the 6th form study books very useful. Simon...
Grandson finding all the 6th form study books very useful. Simon Scarrow is a Christmas present for another grandson who has the whole series and loves them. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Judith Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the olden days!
welcome update on those two Roman officers in the series by Simon Scarrow.
Published 3 days ago by catlover1
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable as always, but still a fun read
I've read each and every Macro Cato book as they came out since the paperback version of 'Eagle in the Sand', I'd say first of all that the series has seen, in my eyes at least, a... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Smatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Scarrow has only gone and produced another super, smashing great...
Simon Scarrow has only gone and produced another super, smashing great book.
Thanks to amazon I had the same day it went live in the shops!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 3 days ago by Aquila72
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so easy to get wrapped up in the series...
I started reading this series at book number 5 and quickly realised that these are not really standalone books, there's just too much going on. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Me read
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
I have read the entire series following Cato and Macro and I love them all! Simon Scarrow is a genius and I can't wait for another one! Truly fantastic.
Published 4 days ago by harry2014
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