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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755327748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755327744
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,821 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 the Paperback edition.

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The seventh in this increasingly popular series - 'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' Bernard Cornwell

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By charles devoir on 11 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
It must be hard for a writer of a series to keep the standard up from one book to the next, yet alone improve it. But that's what Scarrow has achieved with this magnificent series of books. The Eagle in the Sand is set in the Roman province of Judaea, some years after THE crucifixion. The land is torn by civil strife and savage terrorist attacks, while the hapless Roman garrison struggles to keep a lid on it all - so not a million miles from today's Iraq in fact. And it's this shimmering between the two historical periods that makes the book rather more intelligent and thoughtful than most other historical fiction novels. That's not to say that Scarrow has dropped action and replaced it with speculation. Eagle in the Sands is as exciting and action packed as the pervious novels, I just don't know how he manages to combine the two aspects so effectively. But it works.

Macro and Cato arrive in the middle of this mess with orders to take command of a desert fort on the very fringe of the empire. Their task is to put down a local rebellion led by one of the followers of a certain nationalist rebel executed at the time of Pilate. This latest rebellion is being aided by the Parthians as part of the great game being played out between their empire and Rome to dominate the east.

A tough mission, and as ever a dangerous one. Macro and Cato are as engaging as ever and the setting is described so finely that you'll break out in a sweat as they trek through the desert, visit Petra and have a final showdown in the blood red sand dunes of Rhum.

So then, here I am stuck with waiting another year before the next book comes out... sigh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 13 Dec 2013
Format: Paperback
Another cracking page turner from Simon Scarrow I shall not delve into the narrative as there are some very informative reviews already posted. Suffice it to say the authors story telling is consummate with a good in depth knowledge of Rome and her legions and a great feeling for the epoch. Highly recommended.

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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
Any fan of the Eagle Series will love this book!

It's fast paced, rip roaring ride around Judea. It must be one of the funniest of the series too, i couldnt finish it quick enough!

And for anyone who hasnt read Simons Eagle's all i can say is....why not!!!!

for any reader who likes historical fiction, read this series. you'll not regret it!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
After a brief sojourn into the eighteenth century with the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon, Simon Scarrow is back to sorting out the problems of the Roman Empire with his two lead characters Cato and Macro. Cato was once Optio (something like the equivalent of a sergeant) to the Centurion macro, but they are now both centurions and have been through many encounters together. This has made them the closest of friends. Friendship that only standing side by side in battle can mould. Each would happily die for the other, though neither would admit it.

Both men have been sent on a mission to the Roman frontier, where trouble is brewing and the for once the troops seem to be in disarray. When they arrive a local revolt is beginning to grow in scale, with a local tribesman preaching violence and death against Rome

Macro and Cato must use their knowledge and expertise as centurions to stamp out the corruption in the cohort and get the men back to being a unified fighting force before the East Provinces are lost forever

I will read anything and everything about the Roman legions, be it fact or fiction so these books are like manna from heaven for me. Simon Scarrow's books are very authentic and an extremely enjoyable read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Coleman on 25 July 2008
Format: Paperback
In this book - the 7th outing for Centurions Macro and Cato in Scarrow's wonderfully written Eagles series - our heroes find themselves in Judea, on a secret mission for their previous nemesis Narcissus, to once again save parts of the Empire from those who would destroy it from both the outside and within. Arriving at a Roman garrison fort on the outskirts of the very Empire, they discover corruption, inaptitude and hostility - and that is within their very own Roman ranks !! Add to this, the restless, infighting religious fanaticism of the local people, the Partians and a man who would be `Messiah' and the region is set to explode like a powder-keg , unless our illustrious duo can save the day.

Scarrow once again hits the mark on his story telling, his historical depth and details, and all his characters from previous novels all act form and I found myself reading this book very quickly. A real page turner in places. If I were to say that this book was a mixture of `The Life Of Brian', 60's Foreign Legion films and the Alamo, I think you may get the idea and story of the book ! But do not let that put you off, it is still a fine and smooth read.

Scarrow really puts across the bitter religious differences that even to this day infect the middle-eastern region. But in my own opinion I also felt that this story also showed an underlying message that people of different religions, nationalities and faiths can still get along in the world - as applicable in ancient Rome as it is probably still is today. I will also admit to getting the urge to re-watch MP's `The life of Brian' again after reading this, just to see if Scarrow really got any ideas for this novel from the `People Front Of Judea' or the `Judean Peoples Front' !

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