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The Eagle's Prey: Cato & Macro: Book 5

The Eagle's Prey: Cato & Macro: Book 5 [Kindle Edition]

Simon Scarrow
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'A satisfying, bloodthirsty, bawdy romp. Perfect for Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action' (The Good Book Guide)


'A satisfying, bloodthirsty, bawdy romp. Perfect for Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action' -- The Good Book Guide

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1825 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312374798
  • Publisher: Headline (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3D4E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decimation !! 11 Jun 2007
In my own opinion, this - the fifth in the Eagle series of books about the adventures of Centurions Macro and Cato - is by far the best piece of Scarrow's writing to date. I admit to enjoying the first three, but felt a little let down by the fourth which I felt seemed to be inspired by Scarrow sitting down one Christmas after a healthy helping of X-mas pudding, watching the annual re-run of Zulu on the TV and then adapting it into The Eagle And The Wolves !

The book mainly concerns the aftermath of the disastrous attempt of the third cohort - under the leadership of the perpetual back-stabbing Maximius - to delay Caratacus from escaping from the main body of the legion, and ending the war with the rebellious Britain's as early as possible to keep the name of Claudius respectable in Rome.

After some serious passing of the buck by Maximius, Narcissus decides that a decimation of the legion would be best and the novel details the results, the escape of those facing death, the chase by the surviving members of the third cohort and the eventual final show down with Caratacus in the Marsh lands.

I found that when Macro and Cato's legion were facing decimation I could just not put the book down until I knew what was going to happen - and we all knew that one of our illustrious duo were going to draw the short straw.

Being a lecturer on Roman history the details of Roman society, political intrigue and army life in the legions are superbly written as usual and exactly what I have come to expect from Scarrow`s earlier novels. Scarrow's addiction to detail, mixed with adventure, political intrigue, friendship, blood and gore once again do the business for me.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much, Much better Mr Scarrow !!! 22 July 2004
The Eagle's Prey is the best written of all Scarrow's Macro and Cato's adventures so far, in my opinion.
It begins with an attempt to trap the Celtic leader Caratacus by an increasingly desperate General Plautius, who is himself facing mounting pressure from the Emperor's freedman, Narcissus. However, under the weak leadership of the senior centurion, Maximius, Caratacus escapes with several thousand of his men. Infuriated, Plautius insists on a show of Roman disciplinary measures - decimation - to appease the Emperor. Unfortunately, Cato is amongst those singled out to be killed by his friends, which leads his loyal friend Macro to help him and the other condemmned escape.

Vespasion in turn comes up with a suggestion to restore the honour of the 2nd Legion by ordering Maximius to stir up the natives by brutal means so that Caratacus will retaliate and be forced into another trap. Cato is therefore trapped between the angry Celtic hoards, and the Romans who are determined to capture and carry out punishment.
Where this story excels is in the quality of writing which has increased in style and clarity. There are numerous fine descriptions of the landscapes, and of battlescenes that are both bloody and realistic. Both Cato and Macro develop more as characters too. Cato has to learn to lead his rag-tag followers by force of personality alone, and Macro becomes more reflective as though the two friends have undergone a personality swop. Cato's language becomes more like the colourful Macro's and Macro himself has to think hard in order to survive the fall-out from Cato's escape.
Scarrow shows also, that the brutal discipline of the Legions is in fact little better then that of the Barbarian Celts.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman actioner 13 Jun 2005
Although this is part of a series, it was the first I had picked up and it was very easy to get into. Based during the Roman invasion of Britain this is a mix of action, politics and intrigue and is set around two Centurions.
The author has a very easy to read style and while this reads very much in the Bernard Cornwall style, it uses stronger language and the characters speak 'modern' English.
I enjoyed it and the pace of the story consumed any minor flaws. A very entertaining read and I shall be picking up the rest of the series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The epic continues 23 Jun 2004
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This novel picks up where the previous one finished and as such doesn't contain a massive time delay between the events that unfolded and as such give the reader the opportunity to understand, perhaps a little clearer, the turbulent times in which our ancestors lived. However if your a new reader you dont have to have read the characters past excursions as each novel is self contained. As such it adds few complications that will leave you wondering as to what the hell happened and what have I missed as this doesnt make any sense.
As I discovered in the previous novel the tale is crisp, exciting and action packed and never leaves a dull moment in the whole of the book. If you love Cornwell then this is definitely an author to add to your shelves and will be one that you read time after time, more for enjoyment than anything else, but also to build your excitement for the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Nov 2013
By Trajan
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Scarrow does it again, an excellent read plenty of blood and guts as usual with some intrigue and dry humour. A real page turner. Recommended.
The perfect companion to this excellent series is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker.

Footnote: The perfect companion to the Eagle series is the Roma Victrix wine
beaker, Simon in his review says.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one so far
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Cato seems to come of age in this story but I wouldn't want to spoil it for you...
Published 3 days ago by DJ HATT
4.0 out of 5 stars Part of an Ancient Rome historical fiction series
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
It came in a very good condition. It was just what I expected and more than exceeded my expectations; excellant
Published 12 days ago by AA Balmbra
4.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Cato
I seemed to picked on the more recent books in this series first so this one is back tracking and therefore out of sequence for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Hargrave
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read
Yet again another good book! Gets you into the story easily and keeps you wanting to read on with this latest adventure.
Published 3 months ago by Neil Fenwick-Donaldson
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
Another good read in this series and now into Book 6 of the adventures of Cato and Macro!!!
Should be good if this anything to go by as well as previous books!!!
Published 3 months ago by Wooly
5.0 out of 5 stars Another mess Macro and Cato has to get out off
This was a slightly different story line that previous ones where Macro and Cato have to find a way to extricate the wife and children who had been kidnapped but once again they... Read more
Published 4 months ago by dee43
4.0 out of 5 stars The Eagle's Prey
Even better second time round, this time having read the previous books. Now onto the next book in the series.
Published 4 months ago by Charles Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Scarrow book
Scarrow does not disappoint with another fantastic addition to the series. A great story that I could not put down.
Published 5 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars As always a good read...but...
...until the availability of a time machine, and arrangements being made to temporarily loan Caratacus and the Britons a few uzi machine guns, we are always going to get beaten. Read more
Published 5 months ago by gary kenny
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