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Simon Scarrow
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Book Description

5 July 2012 Roman Legion 11 (Book 11)

The brand new thrilling Roman adventure - a Top Ten bestseller in hardback - from Simon Scarrow, author of THE LEGION and THE GLADIATOR.

The city of Rome in AD 50 is a dangerous place. Treachery lurks on every corner, and a shadowy Republican movement, 'the Liberators', has spread its tentacles wide. It is feared that the heart of the latest plot lies in the ranks of the Praetorian Guard. Uncertain of whom he can trust, the Imperial Secretary Narcissus summons to Rome two courageous men guaranteed to be loyal to the grave: army veterans Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro.

Tasked with infiltrating the Guard, Cato and Macro face a daunting test to win the trust of their fellow soldiers. No sooner have they begun to unearth the details of the Liberators' devious plan than disaster strikes: an old enemy who could identify them, with deadly consequences, makes an unexpected appearance. Now they face a race against time to save their own lives before they can unmask the mastermind behind the Liberators...


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075535379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755353798
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 13.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,787 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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The eleventh novel in the Roman series from much-loved author Simon Scarrow

About the Author

Simon Scarrow is a former teacher who now devotes himself to writing full time. He lives outside Norwich with his family.

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macro & Cato series, always a winner 10 Nov 2011
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Praetorian: Book 11 of the Macro & Cato series, always a winner, i think the only time i have struggled with one of these books was gladiator and that was just the one character in the book.

Legion saw a return to old school Macro and Cato and Simons best work, so would Praetorian keep up that momentum?

Yes and No: No because the book is different, the style not what you normally expect from Macro and Cato, more mature almost (the characters), with more intrigue and danger around every corner, never knowing who they can trust.

Yes because the book is excellent, the usual fast paced exciting writing with characters we know so well and can honestly care about. This is one of the best in this series.

The Intrigue in this book gives it more depth without losing the great camaraderie which grows and grows with every book, the intricacies of a relationship that has to change and evolve as changes in rank and relationship occur, as the young Cato matures and grows.

As usual with my reviews i wont touch on the story too much as i feel reviews should not contain plot and spoilers. But if you have not read Simon Scarrow before, yes you could read this as stand alone, (but i also encourage you to buy them from the start) if you enjoy historical fiction with pace, passion, great research and also reality in your characters then look no further, this tale unlike some of the others just has an extra dimension (the politics)

And at the end...well for those readers who follow the series...the boys are coming home...Whoo Hoo!! Im really looking forward to book 12.

Highly recommended book and series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Praetorian - Simon Scarrow 21 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
Praetorian sees a departure from the usual legionary capers for Macro and Cato as the two intrepid heroes return to Rome to work undercover as members of the Praetorian guard as they try to uncover a plot to undermine the Emperor, Claudius and bring his reign to an end.

Being a big fan of all Mr Scarrow's books, I was really looking to this story especially as it was going to be different. Although enjoyable, the pace of the storyline was a lot slower than usual and I thought there was less humour and cutting remarks especially by Macro that usually have me chuckling away to myself.

The picture created by the writing easily allows you to 'see' the environment where the two spies find themselves especially during their escapades in Rome's sewer system. There is also an unusual attempt on the Emperor's life but I won't spoil it for you in-case you intend to read the book.

Overall it's another good story and addition to the previous books and best of all, the boy's are returning to the legions and Britannia in the next instalment.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 10 Nov 2011
By Seabees
Format:Hardcover
I have to admit it.I don't know if to be happy or sad.It took me just the first afternoon and evening i managed to be undisturbed, to end it up and i feel now as if i ran for it all the time.The book this time is so fast-paced and hooking that i have to protest Mr Scarrow,next time do something more boring please,a thing which can last a week at least
It struck me how the style of the narration this time was completely different and unexpected and nonetheless even more exciting than the past if possible.It's a more devious plotting story than i could have ever imagined.I stopped the reading many times just trying to understand how the plot could probably evolve,and i dare say no one will come up with "i got it at once".Really really a wonderful book.a sort of James Bond in nailed boots with the Liberators as the SPECTRE lurking at every corner.The part on the cloaca maxima or Great sewer as you prefer,is so vivid that it looked like playing at assassin creed brotherhood.I lived for some hours into the story,completely plunged into the story.I thought Legion was the peak of Simon Scaorrow.I was wrong.A beautiful diversion on the world of spy-stories without losing nothing about realism and the old good fightings.And a new Cato this time.Unexpected and tougher.My genuine compliments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING. 7 Sep 2012
By Trajan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Once again Simon Scarrow delivers with the 10th sequel in this excellent series, this time with the indomitable Macro and Cato posing as members of the Praetorian Guard on a mission for the duplicitous Narcissus. The narrative is fast paced, full of intrigue and never lets up, a real page turner.

The perfect companion to the eagle series is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker, indeed Simon has one of his own, in his review he 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

For those who would like further information on this epoch of Roman military history, I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars praetorian 8 Aug 2012
By olly
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
absolutely top class.have read all the previous books in the series and found this one totally what i was expecting an absolute brilliant read.found the caritures of cato and macro and there adventures really absorbing and had a job to put the book down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
eleven books into the series and still going strong.fast paced a tion and attention to historical detail bring the book and its characters to life
Published 5 days ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant
It came in a very good condition. It was just what I expected and more than exceeded my expectations; excellant
Published 16 days ago by AA Balmbra
5.0 out of 5 stars Praetorian
Once again another magnificent portrayal of life in the eternal city.Simon Scarrow shows us the highs and lows of life in a time of great upheaval.Keep on writing and thrilling us.
Published 21 days ago by David James Atkins
3.0 out of 5 stars They got there in the end
The indomintable duo in the wars again after ruffling a few important peoples feathers. The use of different nationalities by the roman army combined with the British weather and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by george ian evans
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
An excellent read, very enjoyable, one of the most gripping in the series.

I really have enjoyed the way that the characters have developed as the series progresses.
Published 1 month ago by Hayhoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Classic Simon scarrow. This book was different from his other works but it keeps you engrossed right to the end.
Published 2 months ago by Gary James Bryans
5.0 out of 5 stars Maro & Cato series
Loved the book which you can read on its own, but, much better if you start at the first book. A bit of a pain with the references to former books if you have read then, however,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tony H
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretoria:Cato¯o:book eleven.
a good story, not just about battles, but some insight as to how people lived and died in the city
Published 2 months ago by james douglas crewdson
4.0 out of 5 stars Against all odds
The usual mix of action and intrigue woven into a believable historical background as, against all odds Cato and Macro win through. A real page turner.
Published 2 months ago by Mr P Lyons
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up in the series
Readable series that is interesting
overall a good read
a little more historical history wouldn't go amiss
but light reading
Published 3 months ago by fence
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