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The Eagle has landed - in ancient Germany.,
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This review is from: Under the Eagle (Eagles of the Empire 1) (Paperback)
BRIEF STORY DETAILS - SLIGHT SPOILERS
Written in 2000, the first of Simon Scarrow's books, it is set in 42 AD, when Quintus Licinius Cato arrived in Germany, a new recruit to the tough Second Legion. He is quickly promoted to second-in-command to Macro, the fearless, experienced centurion.
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In his first book, we meet Cato and Macro and they encounter each other. I was fortunate as this was my first Scarrow, allowing me to read them in order. I have since read all the Eagle series, followed the careers of Cato and Macro with great interest and eagerly await the already pre-ordered "Praetorian".
Not the heights of Literature (nor pretending to be), but well-written nevertheless, the series is filled with his great depth of knowledge, enthusiasm for and interest in the Romans.
Cunningly peopled with all the names from our history lessons - Vespasian, Cladius, Caratacus, Boudica - and the Roman campaigns to extend the Empire but centred on two Roman soldiers who become unlikely close friends, Macro and Cato, their careers and friendship carries the stories along. Following them closely allows the intimate details of human life to be in the forefront while the everyday lives of Roman soldiers and the political intrigues of the Roman Empire provide the backdrop.
Despite the occasional feeling of déjà vu (which the soldiers must have felt too), if readers have an interest in all things Roman, this is a very enjoyable, interesting and educational series.