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The Eagle's Prey Paperback – 5 Jul 2004

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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755308646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755308644
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 23.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,714,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'I really don't need this kind of competition...It's a great read' Bernard Cornwell 'An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love and death... More, please!' Elizabeth Chadwick 'A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read' Mail on Sunday '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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The fifth in this increasingly popular series sees veteran officer Macro and recently appointed centurion Cato face another challenge in their battle for control of the British Isles - 'I really don't need this kind of competition...It's a great read' Bernard Cornwell

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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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The saga continues! Macro and Cato find themselves involved in a fight which goes seriously wrong, thanks to a senior centurion who loses his nerve. As a result, their legion undergoes the punishment of decimation. The story is well written, as we now expect from the author, and is a real page turner. I do not want to put any spoilers in here, but I am doubtful as to whether the outcome of the story could ever have actually happened, but that is fiction for you!
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Again this book explores Cato's relationship and understanding of what it means to be a Roman Centurion. That you are simply "Sword Fodder" and at the whim of those with political motives and a need to be seen as being successful. Cato is often appalled at the way the Romans treat the indigenous population. Well written as always.
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Macro and Cato find themselves on the wrong side of General and Legate, the narrative has excellent beginnings but becomes more and more unbelievable as it progresses, whilst historical facts are forgotten sadly not for the betterment of the story. First of Simons books to leave me disappointed.
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Teenage son now addicted to this series, so I guess we are in for the long haul.
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By JL on 29 Mar. 2017
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great book
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A good story line and the characters continue to be built. An enjoyable read with some gripping scenes.
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You just can't wait to see what Cato & Macro will be up to next. Will be buying the next in the series soon.
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Yet another well crafted story line with plenty of twists and turns and the empathy between Macro and Cato continuing. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in history and an enthralling compelling read.
SHOULD BE FIVE STARS BUT MY FINGER SLIPPED!
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