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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; paperback / softback edition (5 Jun 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0755336437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755336432
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,717 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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'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' (Bernard Cornwell)

Has all the hallmarks of Bernard Cornwell at his best (Oxford Times)

History mixed with romance, blood mixed with honour, and grit with a large helping of escapism thrown in (South Wales Evening Post)

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CENTURION was on the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list for several weeks, reaching the No. 2 position

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By PJ Nasser on 14 April 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By Fortuna on 30 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix 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

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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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
The author, Simon Scarrow teaches at a leading Sixth Form College. He has run a Roman History programme taking parties of students to a number of ruins and museums across Britain. This is the first in a series of books about Quintus Licinius Cato, Optio (second in command) to Macro a centurion and veteran of more than one campaign in the Roman legions.

Centurion Macro and his Optio (second in command) Quintus Licinius Cato have arrived in Britain as part of the Emperor Claudius's invasion force in AD43. The Roman army are easily outnumbered by the local natives, so it is essential that the Roman's engage the enemy before they have a chance to grow strong enough to overwhelm the legions.

However the Britons are not the only danger facing Macro and Cato. An organisation opposed to the Emperor is secretly betraying the Legions and when rumours of an assassination plot coincide with Claudius arriving on British soil, the soldiers know that they are up against a force much more dangerous the British.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DrEvil on 7 Dec 2013
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I didn't think I'd enjoy a military book but Simon Scarrow packs enough suspense into his books for me to enjoy them nevertheless and soak up some history to boot. Macro & Cato's characters are engaging and disparate which makes their interactions interesting. Not too heavyweight but engaging and I find the books (& this one in particular) as thrilling as anything Lee Child has to offer.
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