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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (4 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755301137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755301133
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 23.9 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,847 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'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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The fourth in this gripping Roman series sees veteran officer Macro and newly-appointed centurion Cato face the greatest test of their army careers yet - 'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' Bernard Cornwell

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
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 15 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2006
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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 By amazon customer on 13 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
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 By martin zimmer on 8 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Carpenter on 5 Aug. 2013
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I have read four of the books in this series and I've enjoyed them all. Lots of action and I have got to know the central characters. They are more thoughtful and resourceful Cato and the bluff 'I am a soldier and that's my lot' Macro and although he's hard through and through I am beginning to get the feeling that Macro cares for Cato - in a very subdued mannish sort of way!!

All four books so far have been really good, but I'm moving on to something different now - too much of a good thing and all that, but I will be back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Bull on 4 Feb. 2014
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I'm a fan of Macro and Cato and this is well up to their usual standard. Well written and nicely woven around real historical characters and events. I like the style in that the conversation is readable and modern rather than attempting cod Roman. Mr Scarrow doesn't go overboard on vivid gut spilling, a pleasant change that other writers could learn from.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Taylor on 4 Sept. 2003
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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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solid story telling, simon scarrow brings the ancient roman and british world vividly to the imagination.
The treachery and betrayal of humans has not changed in over 2000 years.
I gave this book 4 stars, have read the previous three and come to like the main characters with their display of strength and flaws. I always hope the Romans triumph (well they have to, they were the power in the known world)
As Simon Scarrow is a professor of Roman history, he demonstrates this acute knowledge down to its infinite detail, weaves fact and fiction well into a fastpaced tension filled and humorous narrative. I laughed out loud in some sections of the novel. Love Macros character. Though I find the dialogue very modern and colloquial, but soldiers would have probably spoken that way in ancient Latin, just visualize it.
anyway intend to finish all 10 novels. I am immersed in it. Wonderful!
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