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When the Eagle Hunts [Hardcover]

Simon Scarrow
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26 Dec 2005

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

After a series of bloody battles, Camulodunum (modern-day Colchester) has fallen to the invading Roman army. The Emperor has returned to Rome, leaving the fearless Centurion Macro and his young Optio, Cato, to rest and regroup, along with the rest of the Second Legion. As their leader General Plautius plans the next phase of their campaign, word arrives that the ship carrying his family to join him was wrecked in a storm off the south coast. His wife and children have fallen into the hands of a dark sect of Druids, who now demand the return of those of their brotherhood taken prisoner by the Romans. Unless their demands are met within one month, Plautius's family will be burned alive. Will Cato and Macro discover where the Druids are hiding their hostages? And can they find some way to rescue them before time runs out?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Headline; First edition (26 Dec 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0755331249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755331246
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,782 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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Combines considerable scholarship in Roman history with great story-telling skills, vividly drawn, sympathetic characters, and a touch of humour, as well as all-action battle scenes (East Anglian Daily Times)

The third in Scarrow's historical series... and it's probably the best... Rollicking good fun (Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Two centurions undertake the most terrifying mission of their lives... The third novel in the popular Roman series from Simon Scarrow --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a magnificent series this is! 14 Nov 2002
Cato and Macro's third outing is the best yet. Having survived the full horrors of battle in the previous two books they find themselves embarking on a mission to rescue General Plautius's family from the clutches of some pretty bloodthirsty and terrifying Druids. As before, the principal characters are thoroughly three-dimensional and the dialogue crackles with smart one-liners and the kind of bluff words you'd expect soldiers to utter. The action is fast and frantic and the overall pace of the book accelerates away so that it becomes impossible to put the thing down. I don't want to spoil the ending for those who haven't yet had the chance to read this excellent addition to the series, but I can't wait to see how Macro and Cato's relationship weathers the new situation they find themselves in.
Having read Cornwell, Forester et al, I have to say that this is the best historical adventure series I have come across in years and I can't wait for the fourth one to appear.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHEN THE EAGLE HUNTS 15 Aug 2002
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
The third Macro & Cato action-adventure more than lives up to its predecessors. Action, intrigue and mystery all in an evocation of the Roman Empire unparalleled since the days of Robert Graves and "I Claudius". Scarrow's characterisation is wonderful, not just of Cato, but also of secondary characters like Figulus, the clumsy Gaul legionary and Prasutagus, the giant Iceni warrior with a relish for violence, both of whom are hilariously drawn. Scarrow does lose a star though for the grating blokish dialogue he puts in the mouth of Macro and some of the other legionaries. That said the Macro & Cato novels remain a delicious treat, easily outclassing Bernard Cornwell. I for one can't wait for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better 12 Jun 2011

This series gets better with each new episode. Centurion Marco is one of the great's of historical-adventure-fiction- easily the equal of Sharpe, but with a great vein of humour thrown in. I'm extremely suprised that the author (Simon Scarrow) has never served in the British army as the "language" is highly authentic & most un-Roman. Macro is every corporal I've ever met! As an ex-squaddy I found huge parts of Roman military life uncannily similar to the modern british army.

"When the Eagle hunts" focuses on the second legions invasion of South West england. Vespasian's boys have to tackle the massive British hill forts & contend with a extreme Druid sect (a 72Ad version of Al Que'da) who have taken the Roman General's wife & children hostage & are threatening to burn them alive. The battle scenes especially are worthy of Bernard Cornwell. If you haven't tried this series do it now. (Parm)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry up! Where's the next one. 9 Jun 2003
By Tucker
For all those fans of Bernard Cornwell, I have some shocking news. There is someone better. Even from the first pages of 'Under the Eagle' it was apparent that there was a great new storyteller about to hit the UK. His first book was gripping right from the start, his second was no disappointment to those doubting he could keep it going, the third 'Where the Eagle hunts' is just a masterpiece of excitement, humour and a thouroughly good read. The likable characters of Optio Cato, a self doubting yet courageous youth, trying to survive in an army his intellect has not prepared him for, and Centurion Macro, his Superior officer and mentor, to whom Cato is a youth showing more than a little military nouse. In this book, Scarrow manages to create a story that contains the descriptive ferocity of war, the cold-blooded cruelty of the ancient Druids and the strict, harsh life of a Roman soldier. And yet, Scarrow constantly manages to lighten by the dry and worldly humour displayed by our 2 main characters. A cliff hanger to the final word, this book really takes you to the noise and brutality of battle. It's an old cliche to say 'I couldn't put it down'. Well, I didn't. Not from cover to cover. Please Mr Scarrow, hurry up and write quickly so we can read some more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph! 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
Another well deserved triumph by Simon Scarrow, in this third sequel in the Eagle series. The author has a real penchant for telling an engrossing tale interwoven with historical fact. I found his description of the climatic battle for the Iron age fortress of Maiden Castle, Dorset riveting, as it also took me back down memory lane when I was serving with the Junior leaders Regiment at Bovington (Dorset), our history master took the class on an excursion to the hill fort, where he explained in great detail the assault by Legio II Augusta commanded by Vespasian the future Emperor. From that day on I was a committed student of Roman military history and Simons excellent narrative has brought to life my long dead masters introduction to a fascinating period of military history.
All in all an excellent read, a real page turner with three dimensional characters combined with a good in-depth knowledge of Roman military history. Highly recommended.

The perfect companion to the Eagle series is the Roma Victrix wine beaker, Simon in his review says.
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Great read, very descriptive
Published 16 days ago by bluevicki
5.0 out of 5 stars so good for birthdays
Compulsive reading, bought as a gift for my husband, so far there are 13 books in the series, so good for birthdays, fathers day and other gift giving occasions.
Published 1 month ago by June Marie Birch
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Published 1 month ago by george reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Simon Scarrow
Once again an excellent book well written. I am enjoying this series of books as much as any of Bernard Cornwell's. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Douglas Shorter
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me spellbound
Great read. The characters come alive from the first page and you get caught up in the events as if you where there with them. I Look forward to the next book..
Published 2 months ago by Ian47
5.0 out of 5 stars CATO & MACRO
3rd of a fabulous series of stories. Historically it asks and asnswers questions whilst adding a rollicking story. Cant wait to read them all
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Nicola T Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What can I say about Simon Scarrow's Macro and Cato novels. I love them. I am currently on number 5 and look forward to everyone as they are so exciting and excellently written.
Published 4 months ago by Eileen A McBain
5.0 out of 5 stars Left wanting more
Another excellent edition in this series. I'm left thoroughly hooked and looking forward to the next instalment. I wonder what is in store for Marco and Cato next?
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read
just like the last one keeps you gripted to the plot and you cant put it down from start to finish
Published 4 months ago by d.lozynski
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