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The Eagle and the Wolves (Eagles of the Empire 4): Cato & Macro: Book 4: Roman Legion 4 by [Scarrow, Simon]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews
Book 4 of 14 in Eagles of the Empire (14 Book Series)

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

Rollicking good fun (Mail on Sunday)

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, Scarrow's latest book will prove irresistible (Living History)

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'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, Scarrow's latest book will prove irresistible' (Living History )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2337 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3E34
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 169 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am trying to read all the books in order one after the other, so this book is another piece of the Jigsaw. Cato is coming into his own and the book explores his thoughts and views set against having to carry out orders with out question. So again a good read, but would always suggest you read the prequels first and therefore not in isolation.
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Excellent, a good read
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Another of the exciting tales of Macro and Cato in Roman Britain. Simon Sparrow writing keeps the readers interest throughout the book, cleverly occasionally dropping in information about exploits from previous books should they not have been read.
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A good story line and building of good characters with some interesting plot twists. A good read.
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By J. Neal VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2004
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Book four in Simon Scarow's simple but effective series, The Eagle and the Wolves is equally as enjoyable as its predecessors and brings the added benefit of an element of character development to its central antagonists, Macro and Cato. If you've read the first three - and you'd be mad not to if you're contemplating reading this - you'll know exactly what to expect this time round, with the same adventure yarn formula, lots of action, last ditch skirmishes, betrayal and general politicking that makes the series singularly fun to read.
On the downside, I did find this instalment to be a little on the short side, although that could be due to the ease of reading, so it's not necessarily a criticism; but if you're looking for something deep and challenging then you should look elsewhere.
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Review of the series (followed by a review of this book):
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. Two niggles:the formatting annoys me in that the gaps between paragraphs are too long, particularly where there are long conversations, and they are a little over-priced.
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Our protagonists are now involved in training the men of their new allies to be auxiliary troops. However, loyalty is in short supply on all sides, and treachery is never far away. Another episode in the lives of Macro and Cato, and the author continues to deliver. The writing is always readable, and the story moves along at just the right pace.
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Format: Paperback
It's 44 AD, and Vespasian and the Second Legion are forging ahead in their campaign to seize the south-west of Britain. Macro and newly appointed centurion Cato are ordered to provide Verica, ruler of the Atrebatans, with an army. They must train his tribal levies into a force that can protect him and take on the increasingly ambitious raids that the enemy is launching. But despite the Atrebatans' official allegiance to Rome, open revolt is brewing, for many want to resist the Roman invaders. Macro and Cato must win the loyalty of the disgruntled levies - but can they succeed whilst surviving a deadly plot to destroy both them? Macro and Cato face the greatest test of their army careers as only they stand between the destiny of Rome and bloody defeat. Fabulous read highly recommended.
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At last this book is available on Audible UK with the next following soon. A great present from our friendly audiobook supplier!

Macro and Cato are once again thrown into misadventure as they are unwittingly placed into the heart of the Emporer's campaign for Britain both in terms of the military and diplomacy. As ever our chalk and cheese leads approach the situation in their own unique ways with, needless to say, mixed results. It all builds very enjoyably until the final few hours of the book which bring it to a close with a crunching set of action set pieces brimming with fine detail.

I think this is as good as anything else I've read in the series to date.and I'll be lapping up the next one as soon as I can!
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