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1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring, Unintelligent and quite low on standard of dialogue, 6 Jun 2008
I thought this was the worst book in the whole series. Not to mention that the latest 3 books were more simplistic than I have ever read. It is very sad when you read these surreal events taking place and then Cato comes with the silliest of plans and somehow, miraculously, because uncle Simon wants it so, they win! I like it when they win, but for heaven's sake, put some good plan together, a good and real strategy, then make them win!
Also, with regards to dialogue, it is the most boring ever! Simon goes on and on about things that he has repeated endlessly in all his books. Someone needs to point out to Simon that in real life, soldiers do not call there centurions "man"! Nor do using loads of foul language make anyone feel more entrenched into any novel! In Centurion, the world is ablaze while Marco and Cato are having another silly and cynical conversation about some boring point they have made a hundred times already! They are ordered not to speak to the king and remain silent, yet they both start another boring conversation while everyone is hushing them!!! A good writing has a good strategy, dialogue, development of characters, realistic growth of novel, and sheer excitement!
Alas, very little of the above is seen in 'Centurion'! Therefore, I feel that unless something drastic is done, I will have to say goodbye to Macro and Cato, which is really hard for me as I have been reading their novels for a few years now, hoping that they'd improve, not get worse! I give up on Simon Scarrow.