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The Legion
The Legion
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Hardcover

56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read from one of the masters of the genre., 11 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Legion (Hardcover)
The Legion is the 10th book in Simon Scarrow's series featuring Macro and Cato. The Legion finds our heros in Egypt continuing to hunt Ajax the gladiator who lead the slave uprising on Crete that formed the main storyline of the previous book. As ever their path is never a smooth one with events, politics, incompetence and restless natives conspiring to make their time in the Bread Basket of the Nile Delta an eventful one.

For me The Legion is an example of the best of Simon Scarrow's writing, the action starts almost immediately, picking up where the last book left off, and moves at a rapid pace across the entire book. The politics and intrigue of Ancient Rome are never far away, and continue to shape the storyline and the situation of Macro and Cato.

The changing balance in the relationship between the stalwart Macro and the younger but brighter Cato helps keep the relationship, and hence the book, fresh. With Cato now superior in rank to the vastly more experienced Macro there is a new tension, balanced by their mutual respect and this prevents the relationship falling into the hero and sidekick role that would have been the easy option.

The Gladiator, of the title role of the previous book, Ajax continues to be a thorn in the side of Macro and Cato, and outwits them on a number of occasions. It is these events that help shape and drive our heros' hatred of the gladiator, and their regrets, desire for revenge and mistakes they make in chasing him bring a real human quality to the book.

Personally I loved this book, it is one of the standout books in the series and is one of those books that makes you want to read a few more pages whenever you start to think about putting it down. Highly recommended for fans of Simon, the Historical Fiction Genre and lovers of a cracking good yarn. If you haven't come across Simon yet, I would suggest reading the Gladiator before this one, although its not essential, it will add depth to the storyline and explain the hatred that drives both sides in The Legion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic Metal Album, 18 Mar 2005
This review is from: Repression (Audio CD)
For those who haven't come across Trust before, I first discovered them when they supported Iron Maiden on either their Killer or Iron Maiden tour (can't recall which one it was now).
A classy French Metal band, Repression demonstrates their impressive range of music, under pinned by some strong social commentry.
Unfortunately they didn't make it as big in the UK as they deserved, probably being French limited the amount of coverage they received in the Music Press and Radio. Well worth a listen if you feel like discovering some Classic Metal from the early 80's.

Greek Waters Pilot
Greek Waters Pilot
by Rod Heikell
Edition: Hardcover

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive cruising guide to Greek Waters, 13 Jun 2004
This review is from: Greek Waters Pilot (Hardcover)
Rod Heikell's guides are seen as the definitive guides to sailing (cruising) in Greek waters.
Ports, harbours and marinas are clearly and accurately described and the diagrams are clear and easy to follow. We sailed recently in Greece and along with the Imray chart, this guide formed all the information you are likely to need.
My one complaint is that co-ordinates are not given for the ports, harbours, marinas and other points of interest such as quiet anchorages and bays. To input these into the GPS meant going back to the chart, where it would have been so much easier to be able to lift them straight from the guide. Hopefully this will be fixed in later editions. Otherwise an essential guide to anyone wanting to cruise the waters around Greece.

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