- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 453 KB
- Print Length: 93 pages
- Publisher: Headline (25 Oct. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008RRH6SM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Arena: Barbarian (Part One of the Roman Arena Series) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Once again pure gold from Simon Scarrow. This is a short story giving Eagles fans a taste of the early life og Macro. Optio Macro is just as charming and affable as ever and has to steer the murky waters of Rome without the aid of his more cerebral sidekick Cato. As usual he lands in hot water (not of his own making) and has to use his own brutal uncompromising skills to get out of it by training Pavo. There are some juicy hints in there that i shall be emailing Simon about to see if I'm right (if he will give away and secrets that is).
The writing as ever is fun fast and well researched with a style that very few can come close too.
The first in an ebook-exclusive series of action-packed novellas set in Ancient Rome introducing Pavo, a novice gladiator, and featuring Simon Scarrow's ongoing soldier character Optio Macro. It is AD 41. The savage Gaul Britomaris has defeated the best of the Roman gladiators in the arena. Now a young volunteer, Marcus Valerius Pavo, the son of a murdered general, has been given a month to prepare to face Britomaris in a fight which only one man can survive. He is to be trained by veteran soldier Macro, who fears for his young trainee's chances. But Pavo is motivated by more than a simple desire for victory or survival, and Britomaris may yet be facing his most dangerous opponent...
My only disappointment is that the Arena series is actually one novel broken down into five parts. Although I am now able to download the second installment, Challenger, I know I will eagerly read it and have to wait until the end of February 2013 for the release of First Sword, the third of the five parts.
Although I would have prefered that this was a single full length novel, the price of only £1.99 for each of the five installments means that the entire series can be purchased for under £10. A bargain for such a brilliant read. Barbarian is a must for those who read Simon Scarrow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it and have now bought other novels just about to purchase some earlier Macro and Cato storiesPublished 17 months ago by johnrobbo