The Eagle's Conquest (Thorndike Adventure) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 2003
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"Has all the hallmarks of Bernard Cornwell at his best."
"Scarrow manages to summon up in this exhilarating tale all the glory and the gore that characterized life in the Roman legions. Outstanding military history from a relatively new master of the genre."
--"Booklist" "Good, clean, intelligent fun."
--"Kirkus Reviews" ..".nonstop action."
Scarrow manages to summon up in this exhilarating tale all the glory and the gore that characterized life in the Roman legions. Outstanding military history from a relatively new master of the genre. "Booklist"
Good, clean, intelligent fun. "Kirkus Reviews"
...nonstop action. "Publishers Weekly"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The sequel to UNDER THE EAGLE - 'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' Bernard Cornwell --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Scarrow does battles extremely well, if always at the service of plot. Confusion never lasts long; the reader always knows what part the detail plays in the whole picture. The fight is not clean, but it is clear, and Scarrow is able to draw out the action so that every battle has its own arc and could be extracted and read for itself.
Cato is seen to grow in this book. The action in the first was dominated by his need to prove himself; here, though his part is often heroic, he must also come to terms with helplessness and the aftermath of slaughter. His infatuation with the slavegirl, Lavinia, continues and plays a part in the machinations of Vitellius to assassinate the Emperor. Cato is decisive at the denouement of this conspiracy, but Scarrow does not allow him to take the hero's palm - a sign that the book is a little more than a boys' own adventure.
There is, as well, another point of view for Cato to understand and absorb: that of the conquered. Nisus is a surgeon and from North Africa, not only Carthaginian but a direct descendent of Hannibal! He voices the opinion that some might not be grateful for the benefits of Roman civilisation, that they might have been happier as they were. We're not told what Cato makes of this, and Nisus is soon involved in grand conspiracy.Read more ›
A couple of great protagonists, it's a fun exhilarating read, several books in the series, but like a fine wine I'm gonna pace em out.
The characters are wonderful creations and smack of real living and breathing people complete with all their faults. Heroes try hard to be heroic, and sometimes fail. Villains seem to know no limit to their wicked machinations, and the murder at the end of the novel I found quite shocking.
If ever there was a novel crying out to be filmed or made into a TV series then this is it.
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Having read the first book in this series I was a little undecided about the second. However, I gave it a go and was glad I did. Read morePublished 8 days ago by The Main Man
Well written, pulls you into the story in the first page. The author knows his subject. Brilliant read, recommended.Published 4 months ago by ray holmes