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- File Size: 385 KB
- Print Length: 83 pages
- Publisher: Headline (27 Dec. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008K9XLBS
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- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Arena: Challenger (Part Two of the Roman Arena Series) Kindle Edition
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I did think the description of this one to be a little misleading; Macro is not in this one anywhere near as much as part one, something i would expect in a full novel, but the novella's are (as far as im aware a prequel about Macro's early career). The description leads me to think the book is a Macro book, but in reality its a Pavo book.
Now that gripe aside, Pavo is an excellent character and im more than happy to read about him, he brings a different dimension to Simon's Macro and Cato world. I think there could be more complexity to his character, but a novella may not offer the opportunity to explore it, as there is little room to do that , train and get to meat of the plot. Each book does reveal a little more depth to Pavo, there is a nice line in animosity within the ludus... not sure that can go anywhere now though?
And my final gripe: Pallas while in the background is clearly a key person in Macros life at this point, and yet None of this came up in Praetorian, I would have liked to have seen more of this animosity coming out and being told to Cato in that book.
But all of this aside, i really enjoyed the book, it was a one sitting read, always the sign of a good book, and i have pre-ordered books 3, 4 & 5.
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Its a fast paced action packed Scarrow with his usual classy writing style... so buy it
The second ebook-exclusive novella in Simon Scarrow's Roman Arena series, following novice gladiator Pavo's next gruelling test, which will put mentor Macro's loyalties on the line. Rome under the rule of the ruthless new Emperor Claudius is a dangerous place. Condemned to gladiator school Marcus Valerius Pavo, the son of a treasonous general, is a celebrated hero following a dramatic victory in the arena. Now he finds himself pitted against one of the greatest gladiators who ever lived: Decimus Cominius Denter. Though Denter has fallen on harder times he is still a formidable opponent, and it is up to newly decorated Macro to whip him into shape. But as the much-heralded fight descends into chaos and riots threaten to engulf the city, Macro must choose between his duty to Rome and his loyalty to Pavo...
Pavo's struggle continues with the odds hopelessly stacked against him as his lanista and doctores conspire with Rome's politicians to prematurely end his new found celebrity status. They not only pit him against a previously unbeaten gladiator, but also tip the scales in the favour of Pavo's rival.
Optio Macro once again makes an appearance, but it was nice to see him in a more supporting role this time round, allowing Pavo to take centre stage and develop as a character.
At only £1.99, this ebook is competitively priced and in my opinion, good value for money. It takes about the same time to read as a 'Quickread' or a magazine.
For me, this series could run and run, and I for one can't wait for the next instalment.
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