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The Blood of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 17) Hardcover – 15 Nov 2018
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Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels: 'Gripping... ferocious and compelling' (Daily Express)
A new book in Simon Scarrow's long-running series about the Roman army is always a joy (The Times)
Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best (Independent)
I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read (Bernard Cornwell)
Blood, gore, political intrigue, gripes, fears - ah, coming back to Scarrow's Eagles of Empire series is like a family homecoming in front of a warm fire... A historical fiction thriller that'll have you reaching for your gladius (Daily Sport)
The Eagles of the Empire series marches on with the brilliantly told adventures of Cato and Macro... Roman soldiering at its very best - even by Scarrow's high standards (Sunday Sport)
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)
A rip-roaring read (Mail on Sunday)
An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love and death... More, please! (Elizabeth Chadwick)
An action-packed new novel of military action, outstanding courage and camaraderie, taking Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro to the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire in THE BLOOD OF ROME, from the Sunday Times-bestselling author of DAY OF THE CAESARS.See all Product description
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However I've felt the past couple of books have grown a little formulaic. This book is no exception.
Cato's character development has me a little puzzled. It was probably right for him to have a breakdown given what he's been through however his attitude towards women is out character.
The overall story line was poor and rarely reached the exciting heights of other books. The major battle at the end lacked any kind cohesion and the way Cato and Macro escaped being annihilated was not very original.
Sorry Mr Scarrow I can only only give this 3 stars. I am hoping the next book will be back to top form.
At first I like to mention that at the beginning of the book you'll find a well-drawn map of the Frontier between Rome and Parthia in the 1st Century, as well as a map of the Praetorian Guard Chain of Command, and not to forget a Cast List of great characters, real historical and wonderful fictional, who are featuring in this exciting historical tale.
Secondly you'll notice a very well documented and explained Author's Note concerning this amazing story at the end of the book.
It's another book that contains top-notch story-telling by the author, with great interaction between the characters, who come all splendidly to life in this wonderful action-packed story, and that all in a human and lifelike fashion, whether in peace-time or/and war-time situations.
The story is set in the year AD 55, and Cato & Macro, our main fictional characters, find themselves now on the Eastern Frontier of the Roman Empire, under the leadership of General Corbulo.
The reason for the troubles in the East is the Parthian Empire, who has invaded Armenia and has put Tiridates on the throne and has ousted the devious and scheming King Rhadamistus, and because Armenia is vital to Rome's strategic interests, General Corbulo wants to restore Rhadamistus back to power and orders Cato & Macro and their Praetorians to carry out that difficult and dangerous task.
What follows is a dangerous mission into unmapped and unfamiliar terrain in which our heroes must seem to succeed, and try to restore an unpopular King while enemies lurk on all sides, and so the Roman army, under Cato's leadership, has to prevail and show it's strength if they want to survive.
Highly recommended, for this is in my opinion a fantastic series and: "Our Roman Heroes, Cato & Macro, Will Gloriously March On"!
Scarrow is again at his best, letting Macro act as the kicking boy for Cato. I was surprised that Scarrow brings into the story a great deal of humanity for Cato, for those who have reached the end and need to take themselves away understand no matter who you are there is a time when you need to look at yourself.
I would like Scarrow to give the reader an approximate month/year when the next story will be published.