- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (6 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755327764
- ISBN-13: 978-0755327768
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Centurion (Eagles of the Empire 8) Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008
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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)
'Rollicking good fun' (Mail on Sunday)
'Simon Scarrow has developed a strong following... a former ancient history lecturer who knows his stuff, and brings the ancient world back to life with verve and plenty of action.' (Brisbane News)
Rebellion threatens the Roman empire in the number one bestseller and eighth novel in the Roman series from much-loved author Simon ScarrowSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
This series of books is based around the adventures of two men - Macro and Cato. Macro is a soldier through and through; he has spent his life in the army and is a centurion when we first meet him in the first book. In that book we also meet Cato who joins the legion as a new recruit, although he seems an unlikely candidate for a soldier. The series goes on to relate their many adventures and the relationship between them. Most of the stories are based - sometimes loosely - on real events and people, with a healthy dose of artistic license.
As far as I can tell the historical detail and facts are accurate, and the writing is generally engaging. There are criticisms in other reviews about the authors use of 'modern' slang; I know what they mean, but would we identify with 'roman' slang? For me, it is not a problem, I am not a fan of trying to invent historical language, it is too easy to fall into the 'ye olde shoppe' trap!
Overall, the series is very readable, and rolls along at a good pace. Like some other historical series, it doesn't do to try and fit the events into a timeline, as it soon becomes clear that the two men could not have done everything they do in one lifetime, but that doesn't detract from a fun series. I would also add that with this, the 8th book, the publishers have finally decided to format the kindle version properly! My only niggle now is that they are a little over-priced.
Review of this book.
Our heroes are still in the east, helping shore up their friendly neighbour Palmyra against one of Rome's greatest enemies, Parthia. Once agin, there is treachery around every corner, and lots of battles. There is even a romantic element in this episode, although I'm not sure it is the author's forte! This book is a return to form after the rather disappointing last book.
What I find vaguely irritating is the writing style which at times seems to lack elegance and occasionally reads as though it hasn't been proof read thoughtfully. Although decidedly adult in content, the style reminds one of books that are written for older children and as long as one doesn't mind that they are worth a read: although like all such genres, I find they are beginning to get a bit "samey."
Simon Scarrow is a master craftsman at storytelling!!