Simon Scarrow pens a good read, having lived in the Pozzouli area for a few years and travelled to Paestum, and other historical sites, I found the series brings memories of the ruins to life for me. The characters Macro and Cato tend to draw me into his tales with their ever striving for (their) normality which always seems to be in the distance. brilliant.
Another splendid little story containing our fav soldier Macro, Pavo the aristocrat turned/ forced into service as a Gladiator is also becoming a fast fav. I find that Pavo can be a bit like a young cato, and that give me some nice nostalgic moments. As usual we have Simons unique fast paced story, with great action and witty little scenes that have you laughing one min and wincing the next. Macro is the perfect irreverent hero, he is his own man and screw the world. I thought it a shame that certain characters will not make it beyond the last page, certain gladiators were really good bad guys, and as I'm watching the latest Spartacus drew some really nice comparisons.
I liked and enjoyed his story and how convincing the characters were. Looking forward to the next story. I would recommend this book and all the others written by simon scar row to all who had an interest in roman fiction.
The Rome series saved my sanity whilst working in the not so pleasant countries in the world.
Nightly routine; change batteries in head torch, check! Head torch working, check! Mozzy net down, check! Book at the ready....where's Scarrow? Mozzy net up, roaming in the dingy mosquito ridden tent looking for Scarrow. Scarrow found, Check!
Fortunately I am reading the Arena series in more pleasant surroundings.
Not quite the Rome series, but a cracking good read never the less.
The book is like an earlier version of the two characters of Macro and Cato, in that one of the main characters is Macro. It involves a similar plot and has lots of double dealing with free men in Rome, who are constantly stitching up the main characters. If you like this kind of story from this Author then it is worth a read.
This is the third in the series of novellas and continues the story of Pavo, a Roman aristocrat who has been sentenced to death in the arena for his father's crime of treason. This time round, Pavo and Macro have to unite to quell a gladiator rebellion at the ludus where Macro has been appointed temporary lanista.
If you haven't already bought any of this series, then I would suggest reading the description before purchase. These are novellas, not full novels, but priced at £1.99 each, I personally find them to be reasonably good value for a couple of hours entertainment. It would seem that too many readers have been offering a low rating for these products because of their own inability to read a product description before purchase.