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Simon Scarrow
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6 Nov 2008
In the first century AD the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long-standing enemy Parthia. Parthia is vying with Rome for control of Palmyra an officially neutral kingdom. Palmyra's royal household is on the brink of open revolt, and so a task force under the command of experienced soldiers Macro and Cato is dispatched to defend its king and guard its borders. When Parthia hears of the Roman army's presence, it starts amassing its troops for war. Macro's cohort must march against the enemy, deep into treacherous territory. If Palmyra is not to fall into the clutches of Parthia, they will have to defeat superior numbers in a desperate siege. The quest for a lasting peace has never been more challenging, nor more critical for the future of the empire.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405505540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405505543
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,556 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 www.catoandmacro.com and www.scarrow.co.uk.

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'Simon Scarrow has developed a strong following... a former ancient history lecturer who knows his stuff, and brings the ancient world back to life with verve and plenty of action.' (Brisbane News) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarrow getting emotional !! 11 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
This is the 8th novel in Simon Scarrow's excellent series of books about Centurions Macro and Cato, and follows on from the `Eagles In The Sand'.

Book Summary : After a surprise attack by the Partians, Macro and Cato are ordered by Longinus to set out as a forward relief column to help King Vabathus of Palmyra, who has taken refuge in his cities own citadel from the rebel Army of his son, Artaxes. Meanwhile the rest of the Legions slowly march to their aid. Can our two brave heroes once again save the day by marching through the arid desert at arrive on time to defend the King from his infighting siblings ?

To those people that have never read one of Scarrow's Roman novels, I would like to say that these books are more about the everyday man in the Roman army than the famous historical figures that are known so well. They detail the hard life, the harshness and brutality of battle and the feeling of inaptitude of the Generals and upper class of Roman society.

Whilst I once again thoroughly enjoyed this book, I did at times feel that I was reading a re-write - albeit in another location, with new characters - of the previous book `Eagles In The Sand'. An eventful march to a fort/citadel, a stout defence and then attacking the opposition whilst they were sleeping - sound familiar ?

I would also like to say that I felt that Scarrow's writing of Marco and Cato in this novel seemed in places a lot more emotional than in previous books. Indeed Macro dealing with the young orphaned Roman girl in the citadel really pulls at the heart strings, showing a side to the character that has rarely been seen in the prior novels. Though I wonder where the author is going with Cato's new love interest and how that will relate to any new stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scarrow back on form!. 15 April 2008
Format:Hardcover
I thought Simon's last book Eagle in the sand was a little weaker than his high standards for the other Macro and Cato books. Centurion is however a return to original form and is an excellent read. Fast paced and I could not put it down in the last 100 odd pages. This is more in line with some of the earlier books in the series. All the characters are fleshed out very well and the strenghts and weaknesses of Macro and Cato are portrayed very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A total winner 12 Jun 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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Macro and Cato are shipped to yet another part of the Empire by the Roman senate and become embroiled in a fight to stabilise what is to all intents and purposes a neutral kingdom, Palmyra. As usual wherever the pair go trouble follows close behind and it is not long before the pair of them are engaged in trying to stop the forces of one of Rome's long standing enemies, Parthia, who having heard of Rome's presence in Palmyra decide it will be in their own best interest if they also send a force into the kingdom.

Macro and Cato are old friends to the readers of Simon Scarrow's books and their adventures are interesting and exciting, particularly for those interested in all things Roman and in particular the workings and make-up of the Roman Legions. These books are a good form of escapism from the every day drudgery. (Parm)
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macro and Cato at Their Best 28 Dec 2007
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Simon Scarrow is a teacher at a Sixth Form College. He has run a Roman History programme that takes parties of students to a number of sites and museums across Britain and I assume that while doing this he gleans lots of useful information for his books on the Roman Centurions Macro and Cato.

This is the eighth book in a series started seven years ago and Cato the young boy who left the confines of the Palace in Rome and entered the army as an Optio (second in command to a Centurion) has now matured into a man, moulded in the image of his friend and mentor Macro. Both men are battle hardened Centurions, though Macro has a dozen years on Cato. They have fought together in Britain and many other parts of the Roman Empire.

Macro and Cato are shipped to yet another part of the Empire by the Roman senate and become embroiled in a fight to stabilise what is to all intents and purposes a neutral kingdom, Palmyra. As usual wherever the pair go trouble follows close behind and it is not long before the pair of them are engaged in trying to stop the forces of one of Rome's long standing enemies, Parthia, who having heard of Rome's presence in Palmyra decide it will be in their own best interest if they also send a force into the kingdom.

Macro and Cato are old friends to the readers of Simon Scarrow's books and their adventures are interesting and exciting, particularly for those interested in all things Roman and in particular the workings and make-up of the Roman Legions. These books are a good form of escapism from the every day drudgery.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 10 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
Simon Scarrow is a brilliant author who has put a great deal of time into researching his books. I would personally compare him to Bernard Cornwell in that he writes books of fast paced action and comradeship between soldiers and the struggles of leading men in battle. These books are a must for someone interested in ancient history and in particular the roman legionaire and the empire. Set during the reign of cladius slightly after the death of jesus and during the conquering of southern britian, and hopefully the rise of vespasian in future?
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5.0 out of 5 stars My husband and I both love these books - can't put them down - so ...
My husband and I both love these books - can't put them down - so well researched they really bring the Roman Army to life. Keep them coming Simon please.
Published 1 day ago by J M Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars so good for birthdays
Compulsive reading, bought as a gift for my husband, so far there are 13 books in the series, so good for birthdays, fathers day and other gift giving occasions.
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All Simon Scarrow books about the Roman Legion are brilliant, I would recommend them to anyone
Published 18 days ago by David Magee
5.0 out of 5 stars another good story of Macro and Cato
Good follow up to previous story in the series. I have read all the books in the Macro and Cato series and look forward to reading the next book in the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher R. Miles
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brilliant wished id started with series in correct order lol but ive since now reading in order ,every one is brilliant read cant wait for next one
Published 1 month ago by david wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing adventure
Yet another fantastic read with a gripping story, can hardly put the seris of these books down thanks to simon
Published 3 months ago by Mr C Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars good
It came in a very good condition. It was just what I expected and more than exceeded my expectations; excellant
Published 3 months ago by AA Balmbra
5.0 out of 5 stars Another compelling book by Simon Scarrow
As always, an excellent read. Lets hope that this duo go on to have many more adventures. What's next I wonder.
Published 4 months ago by Neil Fenwick-Donaldson
5.0 out of 5 stars The story goes on
Have been following these two right from book one, if you enjoy fictional history but with a story wrapped round it you will enjoy these books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Victor Conway
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