6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not up to the usual quality,
This review is from: Arena (Roman Arena) (Kindle Edition)
To be honest I'm a huge Simon Scarrow fan so when I learned of this co-authored title, featuring a young(er) Macro I couldn't wait to see what unfurled within. I was expecting top notch action, some great twists and when added to the cracking way that he brings ancient Rome to life, was really looking forward to settling down wondering around that time period.
What unfurled whilst containing an "old friend" was a title that for me, was sadly lacking, it felt flat, the action, whilst there didn't have his usual passion behind it, almost choppy and really didn't do what I hoped for. Yes it had gladiatorial combat and it was bloody but it just didn't have me caring about the lead protagonist enough to actually want him to win.
Add to this twists that you could sadly see coming for quite a lot of the book, political machinations that felt uncomplex alongside a pace that slacked off quite a few times, all round left me feeling fairly flat. A great shame.