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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarrow back on form!., 15 April 2008
This review is from: Centurion (Eagle) (Hardcover)
I thought Simon's last book Eagle in the sand was a little weaker than his high standards for the other Macro and Cato books. Centurion is however a return to original form and is an excellent read. Fast paced and I could not put it down in the last 100 odd pages. This is more in line with some of the earlier books in the series. All the characters are fleshed out very well and the strenghts and weaknesses of Macro and Cato are portrayed very well.
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Initial post: 6 Jun 2008 12:37:38 BDT
I really disagree, as I thought this was the worst book in the whole series. Not to mention that the latest 3 books were more simplistic than I have ever read. It is very sad when you read these surreal events taking place and then Cato comes with the silliest of plans and somehow, miraculously, they win! I like it when they win, but for heaven's sake, put some good plan together, a good and real strategy, and make them win!
Also, with regards to dialogue, it is the most boring ever! Simon goes on and on about things that he has repeated endlessly in all his books. Someone needs to point out to Simon that in real life, soldiers do not call there centurions "man"! Nor do using loads of foul language make anyone feel more entrenched into any novel! It is good writing what we look for, a good strategy, dialogue, development of characters, realistic growth of novel, and sheer excitement!
Alas, very little of the above is seen in Centurion! Therefore, I feel that unless something drastic is done, I will have to say goodbye to Macro and Cato, which is really hard for me as I have been reading there novels for a few years now, hoping that they'd improve, not get worse!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2009 16:46:40 GMT
Mark Mewell says:
You are entitled to disagree, even if you are obviously wrong. Centurion is a fine adventure novel, not literature. As an ex soldier I can vouch for the authenticity of the lanuage and dialogue. Sounds like you need to find yourself a snootier writer and stop your silly whining.
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