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Simon Scarrow
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11 Dec 2008 Eagle (Book 31)

The sixth novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series.

It is spring 45 AD and Centurions Macro and Cato, dismissed from the Second Legion in Britain, are trapped in Rome, waiting for their involvement in the death of a fellow officer to be investigated. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer they can't refuse: to rescue an imperial agent who has been captured by pirates operating from the Illyrian coast. With him were scrolls vital to the safety of the Emperor and the future of Rome. However, Narcissus also sends Vitellius, an old enemy of the two centurions. The three officers set out from Ravenna with the imperial fleet but the pirates are forewarned and the Romans pay a heavy price. Outnumbered by the enemy, surrounded by rumours of treachery and endangered by Vitellius' desire to redeem himself, Centurions Macro and Cato must find the pirate base to avert a disaster that could destroy the Emperor.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (11 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755350006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755350001
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,353 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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It's Spartacus meets Master and Commander in this rip-roaring, thoroughly entertaining tale of swashbuckling adventure from one of the most exciting writers in historical fiction (Scottish Daily Record)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff! 2 Mar 2007
Simon Scarrow is one of only a very few authors who have never once disappointed me and The Eagle's Prophecy, sixth in the Eagles series, is no exception. From the very start, there's excitement, adventure and action, there are also excellent characters, heartily written and full of life, and a realism evident throughout the proceedings that sets one firmly in the thick of things with Centurions Macro and Cato as they embark on another important mission, fraught with danger, at the behest of the Emperor's right-hand man, Narcissus.

There is character growth, complete with unforeseen revelations that have a major impact on all concerned, and sets things up very nicely for the seventh installment, The Eagle in the Sand, in a way that will have most readers running to the nearest bookshop to buy it as soon as possible. If all historical fiction were this good, I don't think I'd ever read any other genre!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncomplicated action adventure 21 Sep 2006
If you like ancient Rome and you want your protaganists to be uncomplicated and their adventures page-turning, then Scarrow is for you.

Cato and Macro, his two central characters have improved as this series has progressed.

Now we see them outside of the comfort of Britannia, and in this case (briefly) in Rome itself before dashing off to tackle pirates in the Adriatic.

Some have pointed out that Scarrow's characterisation can be uneven, and that his description of Roman society is a tad light. There is some truth in this, but despite this - if you want an enjoyable military romp - then this is for you.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 17 Feb 2006
By ilmk
Scarrow’s sixth novel featuring the adventures of the grizzled centurion Macro and his able sidekick Cato takes them out of their comfort zone of the Augusta II in Britannia and plonks them in Rome. It was only a matter of time before we saw how Scarrow would deal with Rome and he neatly avoids it by having a quick trip to the races where their remaining monies are lost in a cloud of crash dust one hundred feet from the finish line and describing a squalid room in the the Subaran district. Other than a final visit to the imperial palace to see Narcissus, Scarrow avoids the place entirely.
It’s a few months after the heroic efforts of ‘The Eagle’s Prey’. Macro and Cato finds themselves penniless, out of commission and still under an execution order unless they obey Narcissus and lead a covert operation off the Ravenna coastline to recover three missing scrolls of immense value to the Empire that have been stolen by a group of pirates lead by the Greek, Telemachus and his son, Ajax. Thrown into the mix is the ever unctuous and viperish Vitellius, who has been appointed Prefect of the Fleet. The immediate antagonism followed by military ineptitude in a battle at sea results in a heavy loss for the Roman fleet and Vitellius’ attempt to blame Cato in official dispatches. Cato’s rewriting of the dispatch results in Vespasian’s arrival on the scene to direct a proper assault on the pirate’s lair, ensuring Cato and Macro are firmly thrust to the fore as the leaders and saviours of the Delphic scrolls.
During the course of the novel the scheming Vitellius somehow manages to land on his feet (and presumably Scarrow will eveentually have him meet his historical destiny come A.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathlessly Compelling 10 Nov 2005
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
As compelling and readable as Scarrow's previous books in the series. While not in the league of Conn Iggulden's 'Emperor' novels, few writers can deliver such simple undiluted fun - this is historical fiction as pure romp - action-packed and unputdownable. The blokish dialogue grates at times, but this is a minor quibble. For my money infinitely superior to the likes of Bernard Cornwell.
Get this book today and you will devour it in a single sitting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard is Just as High 6 July 2006
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Those readers who are familiar with Simon Scarrow's previous books featuring the Roman Legions will know what to expect in this book. They are all well written and the story lines are excellent.

In this novel Macro and Cato are being investigated following the death of a fellow office. They have been dismissed from the legions and are kicking their heels in Rome awaiting the outcome of the investigation.

While there they are made an offer they cannot refuse. The offer is made by a man they have had dealing with before. The imperial secretary Narcissus.

An imperial agent has been captured by pirates. At the time of his capture he had information vital to the safety of both Rome and the Emperor. Narcissus also sends Vitellius, an old adversary of the two centurions. The three of them set out on their quest but somehow the pirates have been forewarned of their coming and their attempt to free the agent is not as easy as they first thought.

Another exciting adventure for the pair of centurions. Scarrow seems to be able to keep the same high standards without any difficulty at all.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick O'Brian goes to Rome 14 Jun 2006
This is the sixth in Scarrow's series following the exploits of two fetching characters in the Roman army of the first century.
As with the other books, the action is fast paced and vividly depicted so that the reader is right there in the heart of the battle. What impressed me so much about this book was the setting. While there are so many Hornblower type books about there's almost nothing on the Roman navy. Scarrow has set that right. The descriptions of the ships, their crews and their fighting techniques are vastly entertaining and for a writer who has based his heroes on land thus far, Scarrow has a fine feel for the sea. I just hope that he gives Macro and Cato a chance to return to nautical warfare at some point. (Although given the title of the seventh book, it looks like there will be some delay in this!)

All the characters are sharply drawn and the central relationship between Cato and Macro continues to develop in a convincing, and often touching way, accompanied by the ususal amusing banter and occasional hilarious one liners.

This series just gets better and better and to my mind rivals anything written by the biggest names in historical fiction. No, what am I saying? It's better than that. Much better.
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