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The Eagle and the Wolves (Roman Legion 4) [Paperback]

Simon Scarrow
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5 July 2004
It's 44 AD, and Vespasian and the Second Legion are forging ahead in their campaign to seize the south-west of Britain. Macro and newly appointed centurion Cato are ordered to provide Verica, ruler of the Atrebatans, with an army. They must train his tribal levies into a force that can protect him and take on the increasingly ambitious raids that the enemy is launching. But despite the Atrebatans' official allegiance to Rome, open revolt is brewing, for many want to resist the Roman invaders. Macro and Cato must win the loyalty of the disgruntled levies - but can they succeed whilst surviving a deadly plot to destroy both them? Macro and Cato face the greatest test of their army careers as only they stand between the destiny of Rome and bloody defeat...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755301145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755301140
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,083 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 and

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Simon Scarrow's stories of Roman military action in Britain have gathered quite a fan club and it's not hard to see why... Scarrow is highly skilled at describing violent action... 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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A dangerous mission awaits the two heroes of the Roman army in the fourth novel in Simon Scarrow's popular Roman series.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it Now! 8 Dec 2004
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Roman Legions are now well entrenched in Britain, but are still finding dogged resistance from the fearsome natives. Macro and Cato find themselves standing between victory and bloody defeat.
Cato is newly appointed to the rank of Centurion and it falls to him and Macro to provide an army of untrained recruits for the aged ruler Verica.
With an army of raw recruits can they halt the progress of a cunning opponent and plotters who are eager not only to destroy Macro and Cato but the whole of the Roman army.
Simon Scarrow has a wonderful feel for the period he writes about and his characters endear themselves to you the reader. These books are well researched and for anyone interested in this period of Britain's history are a great read. Fact mixed with fiction in the best possible way.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward fun 15 Jan 2006
By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The same people, setting and ingredients as the 3 previous novels in the series but Scarrow brings it all together flawlessly. If you love action-packed historical novels can't go wrong with this one. Thanks again Simon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking read. 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
In this the 4th sequel in the Eagle series, Macro and Cato have recovered from their wounds and are on detachment from their parent unit having been ordered to train two auxiliary cohorts of Atrebates to protect the supply lines of Legio II Augusta, which is about to launch a campaign into south west Britannia. The narrative is fast paced with intriguing sub plots, in-depth characterisation and gratuitous violence. All in all a great page turner, 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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
It might seem a bit premature to state that Simon Scarrow is a master of the historical novel genre. After all his series of novels set in the Roman legions numbers only four books, and as far as I am aware these are the only novels he has had published. But the quality of his writing really shines form the first page. Each book has opened with a pacy introduction to the ancient world and this latest is no exception. Our heroes, the brilliant but self-conscious Cato and the irrepressibly soldier-like Macro, are ordered to raise a private army to enfore the will of the ailing Atrebatan king, Verica. His court is riddled with plotters thirsting to be the new king. Outside the walls of the Atrebatan capital, enemy raiders are razing his kingdom. It is up to Macro and Cato to ensure that this vital ally to the Roman cause is kept safe and kept onside.
As ever the plotting is flawlessly involving, the action makes you feel as if you were there in the thick of battle and the characterisation makes you feel as if you know these men like old friends. The writing is crisp, punchy and occasionally striking in its preciseness and deployment of wit.
Christmas is coming. Now you know what to put at the top of the list when you write to Santa!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best just got better 4 Sep 2003
Recovering from the injuries received in WHEN THE EAGLE HUNTS Macro and Cato are given the job of training some native units to protect the aged kind of the Atrebates. Meanwhile, they have to cope with enemy raids, plotters within the tribe and a headstrong and noisome tribune. Treachery comes from an unexpected source and within hours the whole position of the Roman army in Britain is placed in jeopardy. Caratacus is within an ace of defeating Rome. Can Cato and Macro save the day? Well, what do you think?
As ever the heroes speak like real people, the prose is crisp and elegant and the sense of time and place utterly compelling. I think this is the best of the lot so far and can only wait a long frustrating year before the next helping of classy entertainment is dished up by Simon Scarrow
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 30 Mar 2014
By Stagey
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I love the Eagle series. Pure fantasy, based on historical fact. Good to read and relax with....if you like blood and guts stoylines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I look forward to reading the next book in the series, and the next, and the next, ..... keep it up Mr Scarrow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday read 18 Mar 2014
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Holiday read just couldn't put it down.How so many things happen to these two guys is beyond belief but great entertainment indeed.
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Published 1 month ago by Yvonne J. Yeoell
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Published 1 month ago by blue
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Read this a few years ago
Now on kindle giving the scarrow series a bash again
Thoroughly enjoyed again ...
Published 2 months ago by Mr G Mckinlay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 2 months ago by george reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
from start to finish a real page turner the two Main caracters Cato and Macro the main reason the story works so well look forward to their next adventures
Published 3 months ago by T J P K
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good installment
Scarrow manages to mix historically accurate warfare with clever subterfuge and raw emotion. Thoroughly enjoyable and has left me caring even more for the fate of Cato and Macro
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series
I love this series of novels by Simon Scrarrow. They have everything. I read everyone and look forward to reading all in the series.
Published 4 months ago by Eileen A McBain
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read
could not put it down from start to finish it realy draws you in to the plot just brill exelent
Published 5 months ago by d.lozynski
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
AN enjoyable read with plenty of fast paced action. You will be drawn into the tension in the second half of the book.
Published 5 months ago by DJ HATT
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant portrayal of life in the conquering Roman army without being too deep. I just love CTO and Macro's difficult friendship.
Published 5 months ago by J M Fraser
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