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The Eagle's Conquest (Thorndike Adventure) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 654 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078625114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786251148
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,245,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."
--"Publishers Weekly"

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.

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
If you thought Under The Eagle was a good read, you're in for a real treat. The Eagles Conquest follows directly on from the first book without breaking stride. Macro, Cato, the rest of the sixth century, second legion and their commander Vespasian are hurled into battles and confrontations both with the sword and with political intrigue. The Britons proove formidable opponents to the might of Rome while the eminently hissable villain Vitellius plots and schemes towards his own ambitious ends. Along the way is murder, deception and even an attempt on the life of the Emperor himself. The book carries off the gritty feel of Roman military life with great aplomb, the established characters are human enough to almost be real, and the story flows effortlessly on both the action and political levels. When most follow up books are mere shadows of the original, this one outshines it's predecessor. It's an exciting page turner that I could not put down until the very last page.
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Format: Paperback
The second in the series follows the legions of Claudius from their beachhead near Rutupiae to the battles on the Medway, Thames and before Camulodunum (Colchester). It moves at a great pace making use of several plot threads to keep tension high. As before, the main characters, Cato and Centurion Macro, unify all the threads from the terror and exultation of battle through the politics of military strategy to the machinations of conspiracy.

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.
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By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book follows on from the first in the series, 'Under The Eagle'. Too often the follow up fails to deliver the promise of the first book.NOT so in this case.In 'Eagles Conquest' the story is picked up seamlessly with Cato and Macro off again on a series of adventures during the invasion of first century Britain. Mr Scarrow has developed his characters well, added an utterly gripping storyline, and overlaid it with his obvious thorough knowledge of the history of the period. The end result is a breathtaking gallop from beginning to end, which left me gasping for more. If you like first rate historical adventures - then this is as good as it get ! Thoroughly recommended, but be sure to read 'Under The Eagle' first. I predict that Cato and Macro will soon be storming the ramparts of the bestseller lists ! - Bernard Cornwell should be a worried man. Excellent !!!
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I didn't think I'd enjoy a military book but Simon Scarrow packs enough suspense into his books for me to enjoy them nevertheless and soak up some history to boot. Macro & Cato's characters are engaging and disparate which makes their interactions interesting. Not too heavyweight but engaging and I find the books (& this one in particular) as thrilling as anything Lee Child has to offer.
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By DJH on 18 Dec. 2015
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The followup is as good as the first and the author has you in the early England with the Romans trying to take over the country (as the did eventually!). A good series to follow but for me needs to be intermixed with other reading. I also need to be able to convert the roamn names of places to current day locations.
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Top stuff, taughtly written, no time wasted in getting to the meat of the story.
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.
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Format: Paperback
This was even better than Scarrow's first book - and that's some achievement! This time round Cato and Macro are ranged against the Britons, desperately defending their homeland in a series of pitched battles. The battle scenes are something else and carry the reader right into the heart of the bloody conflict so that, somehow, Scarrow manages to make you see, hear, smell and feel the terrified combatants.
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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