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4.0 out of 5 stars A Riproaringly Good Read, 21 Oct 2004
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This review is from: The Eagle's Conquest (Paperback)
The Eagle's Conquest the second Simon Scarrow book tells of Macro and Cato's life as the Roman army invades Britain. Following on from the first book the Eagle's Conquest is just as good, if not better. It has a fast pace which keeps you reading and means you're always looking forward to the next time you can sit down and immerse yourself in life in a Roman legion.
I first got interested in the books thanks to the remark from Bernard Cornwell "I really don't need this kind of competition". It is a fair comment and I suggest that anyone who enjoys Bernard Cornwell will enjoy the Simon Scarrow books. There were however some things I didn't enjoy about the book. The descriptions of lovesick Cato as he tirelessly stalks Lavinia I find rather boring (even if they are intricate to the plot). The main reason however why I only gave the book a four star rating is because of the general writing style. Although Simon Scarrow obviously has a great mind for writing good stories I found I kept thinking of his writing style as somehow lacking the integrity of Bernard Cornwell's almost 'airport fiction' style. This and the parts which I just could not get my head round like the Elephants in Britain, the Boudica reference at the end and the endless descriptions of how idiotic and stupid the Emperor Claudius is.
Overall this book is very good and will keep you reading late into the night I also liked the addition of a historical note at the end. So keep up the good work Mr. Scarrow!
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2008 19:17:59 BDT
C. Thompson says:
Actually Claudius did bring elephants to Britain in AD43 to 'overawe the Britons'. We do not know how/if they were used in battle but we are taking about a fictional account by Scarrow, so why not?
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