- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Headline (11 Dec. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755350014
- ISBN-13: 978-0755350018
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Eagle In The Sand (Eagles of the Empire 7) Paperback – 11 Dec 2008
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[Simon Scarrow] blends together historical facts and characters to create a book that simply cannot be put down... Highly recommended (Historical Novels Review)
'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)
'Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best' (Independent)
AD 46, Judaea. A beleaguered Roman cohort must quash tribal revolts threatening the empire's eastern province. The seventh novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Eagles of the Empire series, which includes THE EAGLE'S CONQUEST, BRITANNIA and CENTURION.See all Product Description
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Macro and Cato arrive in the middle of this mess with orders to take command of a desert fort on the very fringe of the empire. Their task is to put down a local rebellion led by one of the followers of a certain nationalist rebel executed at the time of Pilate. This latest rebellion is being aided by the Parthians as part of the great game being played out between their empire and Rome to dominate the east.
A tough mission, and as ever a dangerous one. Macro and Cato are as engaging as ever and the setting is described so finely that you'll break out in a sweat as they trek through the desert, visit Petra and have a final showdown in the blood red sand dunes of Rhum.
So then, here I am stuck with waiting another year before the next book comes out... sigh.
It's fast paced, rip roaring ride around Judea. It must be one of the funniest of the series too, i couldnt finish it quick enough!
And for anyone who hasnt read Simons Eagle's all i can say is....why not!!!!
for any reader who likes historical fiction, read this series. you'll not regret it!
Both men have been sent on a mission to the Roman frontier, where trouble is brewing and the for once the troops seem to be in disarray. When they arrive a local revolt is beginning to grow in scale, with a local tribesman preaching violence and death against Rome
Macro and Cato must use their knowledge and expertise as centurions to stamp out the corruption in the cohort and get the men back to being a unified fighting force before the East Provinces are lost forever
I will read anything and everything about the Roman legions, be it fact or fiction so these books are like manna from heaven for me. Simon Scarrow's books are very authentic and an extremely enjoyable read.
Like previous books in the series ‘The Eagle in the Sand’ mixes the fictional adventures of our heroes in with the real history of the time. As previous books have been set in Britain and Rome I was able to follow what was going on as I have covered them many times before. This time Scarrow looks to the cult of Jesus et al of the period and I found it all very confusing. There are many rival elements vying for power in the region and I for one could not get my head around who was who at times. Scarrow’s insistence at bringing in all these warring elements really detracted from the central story at times.
This is a shame as the action and story are as solid as ever. The battles are well written and spending time with both Marco and Cato remains a joy. The prolonged siege is one of the best battle sequences that Scarrow has written yet and I really enjoyed the various guerrilla tactics that Cato in particular liked to evoke. It is just the elements that sit around the action that are a little poorer than other outings in the series. As our intrepid duo head back West to take on the Brits and Boudicca, I am sure that the plots will once more come back to match the high quality of the action.
The series does go from strength to strength. The writing is fast paced and holds you throughout the read. The imagery is clear and full, you can feel the desert, see the rocks and taste the saltiness of the Dead Sea.
Cato and Macro are now in Judea, working from the Emperor's chief of staff. Rumours have reached Rome regarding the goings-on in the Eastern reaches of the Empire.
Scarrow captures the divisive nature of ancient Judea, with its religious sects, rebels, bandits and revolutionaries. He even works in a new interpretation of early Christianity to help the story along.
You are not short changed on the battle scenes and political intrigue. The bad men are suitably bad and the good guys suitably good.
Reading these books you get the feeling that life in the Roman legions and auxillaries would have been like this. The privations but comaraderie that were the lot of the Roman armies.
I'm not sure that this is the best of the books so far. It is certainly well written, well told and comtinues the fine work so far. I just think that one or two of the other works edge this one out slightly. Having said that this still stands head and shoulders over most other books you could read.
The only drawback is the poor editing and proofing done by Headline. No one seems to have done this job properly and that does distract from the flow.
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I have read all the books in this series but will not be buying any more, as the storylines have started to become too predictable and too much the same.Published 2 days ago by Ian Panton
Good balance of humour and serious matter in outlining Roman historyPublished 16 days ago by Salopboy
I was worried when the boys left Britain, but Scarrow delivers yet again. Great pace and real gritty action, the siege is described in great detail.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Smally