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Eagles of the Damned [Kindle Edition]

David Black
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It was the year AD 9. The long summer campaigning season was over. Centurion Rufus and his battle-hardened century - part of three mighty Legions, were returning to the safety of permanent winter quarters beside the River Rhine. Like their commanding General, the veteran Centurion and his men suspected nothing.


The entire Germania province was about to explode in bloody rebellion.


The Roman General had been played for a superstitious fool. For months, he had nurtured a deadly viper in the Legions’ midst. The turncoat had spent his childhood learning Roman ways. Little did they know, but his ultimate goal was one day to destroy the superbly trained and equipped army of the north.



Caught in a cunning web of the traitor's lies, marching in column in atrocious weather, the exhausted Legions were repeatedly attacked by thousands of savage tribesmen in the Teutoburg Wald; a vast, sinister tract of forbidding forest, out on the untamed rim of the Roman Empire. During seventy-two hours of unimaginable terror, the Legions were systematically and ruthlessly destroyed.


As their comrades were slaughtered, cut off and alone, Centurion Rufus and Legionary Sextus fought a terrifying, desperate battle to survive the horrors which surrounded them...

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About the Author

Best selling author and former soldier David Black now lives and works in Hertfordshire UK. For years, he lived an extraordinary double life as a London taxi driver and reserve SAS Senior Instructor and Troop Sergeant. He has recently launched a new career as a novelist. His first book - 'PLAYING FOR ENGLAND' - takes a first-hand look at exactly what the SAS require in a man, and what they demand to pass their rigorous and exhausting selection process. With a 90%+ failure rate...you'll have to see for yourself what's entailed! David Black served with the Territorial SAS, based in Chelsea, London for 11 years while working hard as a black taxi driver in the capital. His double life was the inspiration for his first novel in the new SAS Shadow Squadron series - The Great Satan. The book is based around the very real concept that Iraq did have a secret weapon of mass destruction, which disappeared during Saddam's overthrow in 2003. The weapon - a small but viable atomic bomb - goes missing in Iraq before eventually turning up in London and threatening the very existence of the city. The hero of the book, Pat Farrell is, like David Black, a part-time SAS soldier and part-time London taxi driver. David Black said: "I left the regular army after three years because I wanted a normal life. But while I was doing The Knowledge I quickly became bored with a mundane civilian existence, so I joined the TA SAS for some new action and adventure. I loved my life as a part-time soldier and part-time taxi driver. I would be driving around London, picking up and dropping off fares, when suddenly I'd get a call and be summoned in by the Regiment. I'd drive to the barracks in my black cab, park up, go off on a job for as long as was necessary - a day, a week, perhaps a month? - And then return and get straight out on the road again. It was a life filled with incredible adventure and perfect inspiration for my first book, and the forthcoming Shadow Squadron Series." As well, David has recently written the first of a new series of historical fiction adventure stories - 'SIEGE OF FAITH' - set on Malta in 1565, against the savage backdrop of the Great Ottoman Invasion. Siege of Faith was first published on Amazon in Kindle Format - May 2011, and then published in paperback - October 2011. JUST RELEASED - 'EAGLES OF THE DAMNED'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4141 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089138YW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Best selling author and former soldier David Black now lives and works in Hertfordshire UK. For years, he lived an extraordinary double life as a London taxi driver and reserve SAS Senior Instructor and Troop Sergeant. He has now launched a highly successful new career as a novelist.

His first book - 'PLAYING FOR ENGLAND' - takes a first-hand look at exactly what the SAS require in a man, and what standard they demand, to pass their rigorous and exhausting selection process. With a 90%+ failure rate...you'll have to see for yourself what's entailed!

David Black served with the Territorial SAS, based in Chelsea, London for 11 years while working hard as a black taxi driver in the capital. His double life was the inspiration for his new SAS Shadow Squadron series - The Great Satan #1-Dark Empire #2 and just released - The Devil's Web.

The Great Satan is based on the very real concept that Iraq did have a secret weapon of mass destruction, which disappeared during Saddam's overthrow in 2003. The weapon - a small but viable atomic bomb - goes missing in Iraq before eventually turning up in London and threatening the very existence of the city. The hero of the book, Pat Farrell is, like David Black, a part-time SAS soldier and part-time London taxi driver.

David Black said: "I left the regular army after three years because I wanted to get back to a normal life. But while I was doing The Knowledge I quickly became bored with a mundane civilian life and joined the Reserve SAS for some new action and adventure. I loved it as a part-time Special Forces soldier and part-time London taxi driver. It was an existence filled with incredible adventure and perfect inspiration for my Shadow Squadron Series."


As well, David has also written a number of historical adventures including:'EAGLES OF THE DAMNED'

'It was late autumn in the year AD 9. The long hot summer campaigning season was nearly over. Centurion Rufus and his battle-hardened century were just a tiny part of three mighty Legions, returning to the safety of their winter quarters beside the River Rhine. Like their commanding General, the veteran Centurion and his men suspected nothing...

Little did they know, but the entire province was about to explode around them.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagles of the Damned 17 Sept. 2013
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I've always wanted to read a good story about the Varus disaster in the Teutoburg forest in AD 9, after first learning about it a few years ago. For those who don't know, by some it has been labelled as Rome's greatest defeat when three full legions were cut off in the deep Germanic forests and subsequently destroyed over the course of a few days. In reality Rome suffered more substantial defeats over the course of history but that doesn't detract from this quite unique tale.

David Black has managed to create a wonderful story that begins with the abduction of Arminius, the Germanic Prince taken hostage after the defeat of his own tribe and taken to Rome where he was educated as a Roman noble, the belief being that he would become Romanised which would help establish peace. Arminius however, always harboured a hatred for Rome which is compounded by the death of his uncle in the arena, which he witnessed as a young man.

Later, joining the military as a senior Decurion Auxiliary Cavalry Officer due to his status, he sees action in other parts of the Empire before Varus requests his service in order to help cement relationships between his legions and the local tribes of Germania. What follows is how Arminius wins the trust of the ageing General who even begins to treat him as an adopted son whilst scheming behind his back. However, whilst out on deployment, Arminius is really gaining favour of the tribes in order to destroy the very legions he's working for.

With other characters in a supporting cast, David Black has produced a fascinating, accurate and very well written portrayal of what occurred in AD 9, all contained within a book that I found very hard to put down and always looked forward to picking up again when I had the chance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good example of Roman legion genre 3 Sept. 2012
By Jim
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Well written. Good for once that the Romans get it in the neck for a change as in most books in this genre they are dishing it out.

First book that I have read based on what happened to Varus' legions.

Some problems with the Kindle version in that half pages were coming up blank and you kept having to go back a page to get the missing text to reappear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday read 15 Oct. 2012
By Dec
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This is a brilliantly gripping, well written book, I could not put it down. I have read all David Black's books and highly recommend them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 5 April 2013
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Great story line, well written. If you've read any of the Rosemary Suitcliffe books on this theme you'll enjoy this.

My only problem with it was that I finished it all too soon. As all the best book blurbs say " I couldn't put it down" -well, I couldn't put my Kindle down to be precise. Definitely one I'll get round to re-reading and its one of the Kindle books that I would find worthwhile buying as a real book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I hadn't heard of the battle of the Teutoburg Forest until I read this novel. Upon briefly researching the battle it became apparent just how much research the author himself had done, in fact he's got the history spot on! Considering that Rome never again attempted to settle Germania following this battle, it belies the question, if Germany had developed as a Latin country instead of a Germanic one, would World War I & II have taken place?

The story is written in a style that draws you in and takes you on a front row seat adventure of deception, betrayal and outright bloody violence. It's well written and left me wanting more after it had finished. Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars You feel as though you were there 7 April 2013
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A gripping historical fact brought to life as the might of Rome . By its own arrogance teaching conquered warriors it's tactics forgetting the brutality that made them feared and hated by people conquered by the sword and brutal tactics .I look forward to reading more of David Blacks books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eagles of the Damned 3 May 2013
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I found this book brilliant, not only telling the story of the Roman Legions, but adding suspense and devious people into it makes for very gripping reading. Making this book unable to put it down onc you have started reading it, Iwould definitely recommend thisbook to anyone. D Bowen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff . 24 April 2015
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David Black has captured in words the stench of terror and the blinding fatigue of a doomed withdrawal from contact. The mind sapping effort and eroding fear become real to the reader.
I'll be trawling for more of this from the Author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 4 months ago by Bryan Denby
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story well worth the reading.
Published 11 months ago by Peter Kimberley
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view
An interesting view of the loss of the Legions in Germany. Characterisation OK for teh major characters, but a little flat for the others.
Well worth a read.
Published 21 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
An easy read, sometimes predictable but flowed well. Exciting and easy to identify with the characters. Quite gory, sometimes unnecessarily so.
Published 22 months ago by Geoff Gibb
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
A cracking read. Well written and paced. It was hard to pick a side to agree with though, the main player, although wronged was a right swine. Really enjoyed reading this.
Published on 25 Jun. 2013 by c milne
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT READ
The book was brilliant read, enjoyed the storyline, the characters and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Rome. Read more
Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by xeni
4.0 out of 5 stars great story about destruction of the roman legions in teutborg forest
good story, historically correct in many ways, entertaining and enjoyable.
david black writes yet another good book, 4 stars deserved
Published on 22 Feb. 2013 by mick graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Eagles of the damned
Good story, worth the read.
Couldn't put it down until I had finished. Characters were well written and a good peace of history retold.
Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by MR A C LIEBENHALS
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