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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 11 Nov 2011
This review is from: Praetorian (Roman Legion II) (Hardcover)
I got my latest instalment delivered today in the Post from Amazon. Ordered in advance and it dropped on my door mat on the day of publication (thanks!)

As has already been pointed out by other reviews this seems a more mature novel from Simon Scarrow and a first class read.

I won't spoil the plot line but it has some neat twists and turns along the way and develops the people from other novels very well. It also moves along the story of the two central figures Cato & Marcus nicely. I particularly enjoyed the involvement of the Imperial Secretary Narcissus in this novel, he surely must be based on Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth the 1st's spymaster.

With this novel Simon Scarrow has again struck the great vein of writing from his first Roman Novels. I look forward to the next instalment.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2011 07:25:36 GMT
Brian Day says:
Cato and MARCUS...?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2011 20:58:20 GMT
Interesting, if you read the book, that I have given him a different name...!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 06:39:17 GMT
Brian Day says:
I haven't read this book as yet but I'm hoping your changing Macro's name isn't a spoiler...

Posted on 14 Nov 2011 16:49:22 GMT
J. Giddings says:
Narcissus was actually a freedman in the imperial palace in rome under emperor claudius... And was as devious as he is represented in simons books.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 18:35:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2011 18:36:17 GMT
Thanks for that. I have just started reading Robert Graves book I, Claudius (Penguin Modern Classics) so I willl keep an eye out for Narcissus :-)
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