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The Blood Crows: Cato & Macro: Book 12 (Eagle)

The Blood Crows: Cato & Macro: Book 12 (Eagle) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Scarrow
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Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels: 'I don't need this kind of competition' (Bernard Cornwell)

'An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love and death... More, please!' (Elizabeth Chadwick)

'A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read' (Mail on Sunday)

'For those who like their historical fiction to include plenty of bloody thrills and spills, Scarrow's latest book will prove irresistible' (Living History)

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The bestselling author of PRAETORIAN, THE LEGION and THE GLADIATOR returns with another unputdownable, thrilling and action-packed Roman adventure.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4481 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (24 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EKHO3C0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,184 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good fun 1 Nov 2013
Macro and Cato are back in town, and bring with them their usual amount of mayhem, intrigue and collateral damage.
They just don't seem able to sit idle and enjoy some down time, or lady fortuna has a sick sense of humour. Once again they are back in the legions, and once again its not a nice comfortable billet. But I don't think either of these boys would want or expect one, honours are earned at end end of a sword, and these boys still have medals and higher rank in mind.
In this book we are back where we began, in Britain, there is an unfinished conquest, a guerilla war being waged by the locals, and it needs to end. Tactics on both sides have got bloody and nasty. Cato has command of an auxiliary Unit called the blood crows led by a somewhat sadistic and nasty centurion, and someone that Cato and Macro need to work with, or work around.
Its a book that see's the need fr Cato to really grow into his new rank as prefect, and get over any fears he may have, to get past his concerns regarding his friend and having to command him, its time to grow up.
Will they survive... probably... it wouldn't be the time to end the series would it... but how they get there is a hell of a ride and really is a trip back to the early days of Macro and Cato.. (Julia hardly gets a mention... thank you simon).
A word of caution though, i do echo another reviewer, Simon has shown huge writing skill with his other series and stand alone books, and some times i do wonder if its not time to push Macro and Cato to their conclusion, before they become a stagnant parody of themselves. This book was a great trip back to where we began... can that be sustained forever? or should Simon drive towards the year of the 4 emperors with greater speed?
(everyone will have their own opinion).
But for now... bloody and excellent book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same...but that's not a bad thing. 17 Mar 2014
As usual this series is told from the perspective of the introspective, sensitive Cato and the bullish Centurion Macro. The story picks up with Cato and Macro leaving Rome for a return to the province of Brittania.

Still struggling to come to terms with their new, differing rank and social status, they are once again sent to face bloodthirsty barbarians in the mountainous regions of Brittania. Ordered to take command of an auxiliary unit of cavalry in a far flung outpost, they quickly realise that the real danger will come from within. Blood feuds and infighting make this book one of the most tense, nervy encounters yet and the author relays this tension superbly to the reader.

Despite a slightly pedestrian start, whilst the author gets the reader up to speed with the history surrounding current events, the story soon picks up pace once Cato and Macro meet up with their new command. This book contains all of the nerve shredding tension and action of each previous instalment as well as the intrigue and political manoeuvring that has been more a feature of the later books. The themes may seem to be more of the same for loyal Scarrow reader’s, but if you like this genre, then you can’t fail to be hooked by this latest, gripping instalment of Cato and Macro’s story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys are back and are on top form! 1 Dec 2013
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Pretty much from beginning `The Blood Crows' goes straight into the action and the reader is given a vivid account of blood and guts. For those of you who have sampled other books in the series you will no doubt be familiar with Mr Scarrow's approach to action scenes as the reader is immersed into the narrative, better than some video game. What you also get in this new novel are some new and interesting plot threads.

Mr Scarrow also pays attention to historical element - the reader gets a thought-provoking look into Roman society and here we really get to see the differences between say the native inhabitants of Britannia and the Roman occupiers. The dialogue is framed in such a way - so you really get a feel for the merits of this book. The pacing, as ever is good, and is pretty engrossing as well as entertaining. The Blood Crows is literally edge of your seat stuff, as the author has mastered the art of balancing between well moulded characters and pulling the reader into their `world'. The characters of Macro and Cato, as always, are the centerpiece of the series, they are really well crafted and it was pleasure to be in their company again. They do not fail in keeping the readers interest; after all `we' the readers have `invested' ourselves in their lives - warts and all.

So, if you're interested in reading about the rich tapestry of Imperial Roman and the Empire they forged, or you are already familiar with Simon Scarrow's Eagle series - then look no further as The Blood Crows will be right up your street. Great story telling that only Simon Scarrow could have put together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macro and Cato... is that you? 6 May 2014
While I enjoyed this book, I did feel (for those who've followed Macro and Cato) that the characters weren't the same ones we last saw. There were flashes of their old relationship, some of which is lost by the changes in the characters themselves and their respective ranks, but also at times they seem cold to one another needlessly. The story itself is a page turner, the action keeps you bumping along at high speed, although the plot is at times a little obvious. Still, it's very enjoyable if a bit like a McDonalds - it satisfies you while it's there but you feel a little empty afterwards, but Macro and Cato have always been about the adventure, not long, deep explorations of psyche and emotion. If you like this kind of book (and I do, hence the four stars) then it's pretty darn good. And as I gave Mr Scarrow's last book a one star review, this was plainly (for me at least) a massive improvement.

A couple of pleas though... can Mr Scarrow please find a word other than loom to describe the effect of light? Without trying to, I noticed it half a dozen times in this novel and I know it turns up in just about every Macro and Cato as I find it distracting every time.

And please never channel Noel Coward again... that threw my suspension of disbelief right out of the window for pages...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simon Scarrow is a genius, his books need putting onto the big screen.
Published 1 day ago by Aquila72
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Same old partnership Cato & Macro - danger all around them - who is friend, who is foe! Great
Published 4 days ago by BRIAN HURLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Love these yarns about Cato and Macro. Never could put the previous books down - and this is no exception! Wonderful to meet the heroes again.
Published 5 days ago by Wicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down - great read
Published 6 days ago by Jemster
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
He likes this author and this book does not disappoint
Published 6 days ago by Frances Langley
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Entertainment
Ok I am a fan of the series and this one carried on the format. I think others have said, it may be getting too formulaic and time to put the series to rest and I tend to agree. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Christine Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Scarrow at his inimitable best. He has an uncanny ability to...
Simon Scarrow at his inimitable best. He has an uncanny ability to bring his characters to life and makes the reader feel part of Roman Britain. Read more
Published 11 days ago by dave.b
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All OK
Published 11 days ago by Mr. A. Treleaven-ford
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Simon Scarrow at his best. A perfect follow on to the series, can't wait for the next one in the series.
Published 16 days ago by R.E.McC
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
I love every one of the eagle novels, they truly are a class above the rest. can't wait for the next only a week away!!! keep up the good work Simon
Published 16 days ago by marc
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