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Britannia (Eagles of the Empire 14) Paperback – 7 Apr 2016
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A new book in Simon Scarrow's long-running series about the Roman army is always a joy... It is heartening for fans of Cato and Macro that their adventures remain as lively as ever (Antonia Senior The Times)
Fourteen books in and he manages to make the series fresh again, a new depth to Macro and Cato, a new edge to the Roman world and conflicts in Britannia, all achieved with style and a simply splendid plot line. Highly recommended (Parmenion Books)
Britannia ... among the very best and quite possibly my favourite. From the opening chapter, Scarrow plunges us deep into a place that is as dangerous as it is atmospheric, the winter creeping in, beset by the hostility of the people who live in these hills... The action and drama never let up from first to last pages... There is one scene in particular involving Cato and boats during a great storm that is absolutely fantastic, brilliantly written and imagined (Winternights Blog)
Praise for Simon's earlier novels 'A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read (Mail on Sunday)
I don't need this kind of competition (Bernard Cornwell)
Simon Scarrow's stories of Roman military action in Britain have gathered quite a fan club and it's not hard to see why... Scarrow is highly skilled at describing violent action... for those who like their historical fiction to include plenty of bloody thrills and spills (Living History)
An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love and death...More please! (Elizabeth Chadwick)
Tremendous (Daily Express)
Scarrow's rank with the best (Independent)
Scarrow's engaging pair of heroes... top stuff (Daily Telegraph)
A Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Wintery Roman Britain in AD 52 is the setting for an action-packed novel of courage, camaraderie and warfare from No. 1 bestselling Simon Scarrow, author of INVICTUS and GLADIATOR. The fourteenth novel in the bestselling Eagles of the Empire series.See all Product description
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This is a tough tale of soldiering and comradeship. Pages drip with bloody gore of hand-to-hand fighting. Cato and Macro were guarding an outpost of the Roman Empire when a temporary governor of Britannia decides he needs to set a reputation for himself and seal his future. Unfortunately, his reckless behaviour comes at a cost, as the legions traipse through an increasingly difficult landscape to capture the Druid fortress of Mona. No more plot spoilers.
Older readers might, like I have, recall John Buchan and P.C. Wren - those were the stories of heroes that I devoured as a youngster. Found my new fictional heroes in Cato and Macro. Although this is in a series, it does stand alone.
Started reading already, so far another very good book from Scarrow.
Although i really enjoy the series, i do hope it comes to a close in few more novels and moves onto something different.
Would recommend this to any Under The Eagles fan. 5stars easily...
To read of a Roman Legionary using the word, 'incoming' to warn of arrows and spears ruined the story for me.