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The Eagle's Conquest [Hardcover]

Simon Scarrow
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2 Aug 2001 Eagle (Book 8)
When Centurion Macro arrives on the shores of Britain to take part in the Emperor Claudius's invasion in the summer of AD 43, he knows he will be facing one of the toughest campaigns of his battle-scarred career. But nothing could have prepared him for the brutality and bravery of the British warriors. In a series of bloody battles, Macro and his young subordinate, Optio Cato, and the desperately outnumbered Roman army, must find and defeat the enemy before he can grow strong enough to overwhelm the legions. But the Britons are not the only foe facing Macro and Cato. A sinister organisation opposed to the Emperor is secretly betraying the brave men of the legions. And when rumours of an assassination attempt coincide with the Emperor's arrival on British soil, the soldiers realise they are up against a force more ruthless than their acknowledged enemy, and that time is running out if they are to prevent Claudius's glorious victory turning to disaster.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st Edition edition (2 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747272832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747272830
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,753 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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All the hallmarks of Bernard Cornwell at his best (Oxford Times)

'All the hallmarks of Bernard Cornwell at his best' Oxford Times (Oxford Times)

'This is the second in the series and fulfils much of the promise shown in Scarrow's first. He's more assured now and this book quickly becomes a page-turner...the book is a cracking good read' Historical Novels Review (Issue 18) (Historical Novels Review)

A rip-roaring page-turner... Sturdy elegance and incisive wit (Steven Saylor)

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The sequel to UNDER THE EAGLE - 'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' Bernard Cornwell

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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If you thought Under The Eagle was a good read, you're in for a real treat. The Eagles Conquest follows directly on from the first book without breaking stride. Macro, Cato, the rest of the sixth century, second legion and their commander Vespasian are hurled into battles and confrontations both with the sword and with political intrigue. The Britons proove formidable opponents to the might of Rome while the eminently hissable villain Vitellius plots and schemes towards his own ambitious ends. Along the way is murder, deception and even an attempt on the life of the Emperor himself. The book carries off the gritty feel of Roman military life with great aplomb, the established characters are human enough to almost be real, and the story flows effortlessly on both the action and political levels. When most follow up books are mere shadows of the original, this one outshines it's predecessor. It's an exciting page turner that I could not put down until the very last page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Writer 11 Jun 2011
This was even better than Simon Scarrow's first book - and that's some achievement!
This time around Cato and Macro are ranged against the Britons, desperately defending their homeland in a series of pitched battles. The battle scenes are something else and carry the reader right into the heart of the bloody conflict so that somehow the author manages to make you see, hear, smell and feel the terrified combatants.

The characters are wonderful creations and smack of real living and breathing people complete with all their faults. Heroes try hard to be heroic, and sometimes fail. Villains seem to know no limit to their evil plotting. If ever there was a novel crying out to be filmed or made into a TV series then this is it.

if thes series keeps improving like this we will see Simon on the best seller lists in no time.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battles, conspiracy and then some 14 April 2006
The second in the series follows the legions of Claudius from their beachhead near Rutupiae to the battles on the Medway, Thames and before Camulodunum (Colchester). It moves at a great pace making use of several plot threads to keep tension high. As before, the main characters, Cato and Centurion Macro, unify all the threads from the terror and exultation of battle through the politics of military strategy to the machinations of conspiracy.

Scarrow does battles extremely well, if always at the service of plot. Confusion never lasts long; the reader always knows what part the detail plays in the whole picture. The fight is not clean, but it is clear, and Scarrow is able to draw out the action so that every battle has its own arc and could be extracted and read for itself.

Cato is seen to grow in this book. The action in the first was dominated by his need to prove himself; here, though his part is often heroic, he must also come to terms with helplessness and the aftermath of slaughter. His infatuation with the slavegirl, Lavinia, continues and plays a part in the machinations of Vitellius to assassinate the Emperor. Cato is decisive at the denouement of this conspiracy, but Scarrow does not allow him to take the hero's palm - a sign that the book is a little more than a boys' own adventure.

There is, as well, another point of view for Cato to understand and absorb: that of the conquered. Nisus is a surgeon and from North Africa, not only Carthaginian but a direct descendent of Hannibal! He voices the opinion that some might not be grateful for the benefits of Roman civilisation, that they might have been happier as they were. We're not told what Cato makes of this, and Nisus is soon involved in grand conspiracy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From strength to strength 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
The second in the series does not disappoint, Simon scarrow's story telling goes from strength to strength, the narrative is fast paced with excellent sub plots full of intrigue and political machinations and dry humour combined with visceral and gritty battle scenes, so vivid you are there amongst the action.

The authors main protagonists characterisations are three dimensional so much so that you feel you know them.
All in all a well written and researched novel. Highly recommended

The perfect companion to the Eagle series is the Roma Victrix wine beaker, Simon in his review says.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagle has conquered me! 12 Nov 2011
The Eagle's Conquest has proved that Simon is definitely no flash in the pan, in fact he is the chief protagonist of this genre of writers. With not so many writers of this genre around at the time (2001, when this novel was written), to inspire him to write such excellent works as The Eagle's Conquest, Simon really stood out alone, as if to say "There's more to a living history novel than you think". I'm glad to say lots of readers have responded to that in the most positive way - me included.

Simon's background as a lecturer in history has obviously propelled him to act on putting to an end the pretentious, over-romanticised, 2D story which is classed as an adult novel, but is just as fit to read to a 5-year-old. He has replaced all that with real-life, 3D effects which the reader cannot help but visualise. Even swearing, violence and promiscuity in the extreme is there (love it or hate it). The Eagle's Conquest endorsed that, thus inspiring a new genre of writers, and beginning the last chapter in the development of the living history novel. This is bearing in mind that this being only Simon's second book, was written at the time of when Ben Kane was still a vet working in the North-East during the foot-and-mouth outbreak, and Tony Riches still had 8 years to go before he released Wounds of Honour, and several other authors of this genre were only "thinking about it".

Simon's objective was to point out that war is something that no-one can romanticise over. Like most authors of this genre, Simon has been unfairly criticised for the use of swearing and other forms of crudeness, but that's what it's really like on the battlefront.
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I really enjoyed this book Simon Scarrow is turning in to a very accomplished historical fiction author am I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Second book in the series continues where the first left off, but would standalone for new readers. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, just as good as the first. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Great read part of a very good series if books.
I cant wait to finish reading them all. Very similar to ben kanes books
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After reading Book 1, I read this in 1 day, couldn't put it down. On to the next one as soon as possible
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