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The Blood Crows (Eagles of the Empire 12): Cato & Macro: Book 12 by [Scarrow, Simon]
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Book 12 of 14 in Eagles of the Empire (14 Book Series)

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'Gripping... ferocious and compelling, it is a story of blood, romance and sacrifice' (Daily Express)

'A new book in Simon Scarrow's series about the Roman army is always a joy' (The Times)

'A satisfyingly bloodthirsty, bawdy romp...perfect for Bernard Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action. Storming stuff' (Good Book Guide)

'Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best' (Independent)

[Simon Scarrow] blends together historical facts and characters to create a book that simply cannot be put down... Highly recommended (Historical Novels Review)

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Britannia, AD 51. As fierce opposition among the local tribes grows, a ruthless warrior threatens to shatter Roman rule. The excellent twelfth novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Eagles of the Empire series, which includes THE GLADIATOR, BRITANNIA and CENTURION.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3600 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EKHO3C0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 579 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Macro and Cato are back in town, and bring with them their usual amount of mayhem, intrigue and collateral damage.
They just don't seem able to sit idle and enjoy some down time, or lady fortuna has a sick sense of humour. Once again they are back in the legions, and once again its not a nice comfortable billet. But I don't think either of these boys would want or expect one, honours are earned at end end of a sword, and these boys still have medals and higher rank in mind.
In this book we are back where we began, in Britain, there is an unfinished conquest, a guerilla war being waged by the locals, and it needs to end. Tactics on both sides have got bloody and nasty. Cato has command of an auxiliary Unit called the blood crows led by a somewhat sadistic and nasty centurion, and someone that Cato and Macro need to work with, or work around.
Its a book that see's the need fr Cato to really grow into his new rank as prefect, and get over any fears he may have, to get past his concerns regarding his friend and having to command him, its time to grow up.
Will they survive... probably... it wouldn't be the time to end the series would it... but how they get there is a hell of a ride and really is a trip back to the early days of Macro and Cato.. (Julia hardly gets a mention... thank you simon).
A word of caution though, i do echo another reviewer, Simon has shown huge writing skill with his other series and stand alone books, and some times i do wonder if its not time to push Macro and Cato to their conclusion, before they become a stagnant parody of themselves. This book was a great trip back to where we began... can that be sustained forever? or should Simon drive towards the year of the 4 emperors with greater speed?
(everyone will have their own opinion).
But for now... bloody and excellent book.
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I really want to give this one 3.5 stars. Having followed the adventures of Roman Legionaries Macro and Cato for the better part of ten years now, picking up with their adventures is a little like visiting old friends (albeit fictional ones) and catching up. The same thing happens whenever Sharpe and Harper appear in a new Bernard Cornwell book.

On the other hand, with this being the twelfth book in the same vein, there's really nothing new here to speak of; we've seen it all before. It's almost as though Scarrow is working off a checklist. Our heroes are posted to distant Britannia: check. Native tribes in insurrection: check. Always raining, muddy, windswept and miserable: check. Local warlord with a score to settle against the Romans: check. Rogue Roman officer building his own private army...well, you get the point.

"The Blood Crows" is by no means a bad book: it's serviceable written, and Scarrow has, as ever, done his homework where the Roman world is concerned. But with the Macro and Cato books these days, I tend to pick them up with a sense of, "Well, I've come THIS far..."

If you're looking for a by-the-numbers historical adventure novel, or are a long-term follower of Macro and Cato, then "The Blood Crows" will not disappoint. If you're new to their adventures, I recommend going back to the beginning and picking up one of Scarrow's earlier "Eagle" books.
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Yet another in the series which I found the more you read the less you b wanted to put the book down. That said, I felt that the siege of the fort was not developed enough and almost skipped over, but done in a manner which I have to concede did not detract from the overall quality of the book. Another thoroughly good read
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Love this book and all the others. More please.
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Great book that had me wondering what would happen next all the way through. Will move on now to the next in the series.
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if you enjoyed the previous books you'll love this one
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Scarrow is a great read.
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By JL on 29 Mar. 2017
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great book
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