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The Eagle's Prophecy (Eagles of the Empire 6): Cato & Macro: Book 6 by [Scarrow, Simon]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews
Book 6 of 14 in Eagles of the Empire (14 Book Series)

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'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' (Bernard Cornwell)

A satisfyingly bloodthirsty, bawdy romp...perfect for Bernard Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action. Storming stuff (Good Book Guide)

'It's Spartacus meets Master and Commander in this rip-roaring, thoroughly entertaining tale of swashbuckling adventure from one of the most exciting writers in historical fiction' (Scottish Daily Record)

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'It's Spartacus meets Master and Commander in this rip-roaring, thoroughly entertaining tale of swashbuckling adventure from one of the most exciting writers in historical fiction' -- Scottish Daily Record 20050917

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2396 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312565267
  • Publisher: Headline (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZQT6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews
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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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Macro and Cato find themselves in Rome, under suspicion, and bored. They suddenly find themselves sent on a mission by someone they cannot trust, alongside someone who has already proved treacherous. So it's more of the adventures we have some to expect from the author. The story moves along well, and has many twists and turns. Overall a good fun read.
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hubby enjoying this as we speak!
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wonderful read, just like all his other books in the series.
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Marco and Cato are two Centurions who like the feel of the ground under their feet and a barbarian skewered on their sword. Therefore, when they are tasked with joining up with the marine force for a secret mission they are not too happy. `The Eagle's Prophecy' is another great adventure from Simon Scarrow and is essentially `Cato versus the Pirates'. Scarrow has used the Cato/Marco novels as a way of exploring individual adventures in the characters' lives, rather than writing about the epic sweep of Roman history. This is the case again as `Prophecy' concentrates very much on one few month period when our intrepid duo are sent out to find some mysterious scrolls.

The book is at its best when undertaking moments of high action. There are some brilliantly evocative sea battles that pit marine against pirate. The fact that neither Marco nor Cato is happy on the water makes for some fun action - they are unsteady on their feet when fighting for their lives. The better Scarrow novels have great villains and this is the case here. The pirate leader is intelligent enough to prove a challenge, whilst an old foe from within their ranks returns to cause trouble.

Over the course of the book Scarrow slowly reveals more about the characters, in this case the introduction of some of Marco's past. However, character development feels excruciatingly slow at times as Scarrow stretches the characters over more books. If this means more in the series, I do not mind the slow evolution. Perhaps the only real misgiving I have in the book is Marco and Cato's continued disrespect for their superiors. This has crept into the novels over time and I believe that they would have been severely punished by now; the way that they act. Seeing as it is this tenacity that makes the characters so great, it would be hard to blunt their edge. It does make you wonder what a Centurion would actually need to do to get flogged.
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As compelling and readable as Scarrow's previous books in the series. While not in the league of Conn Iggulden's 'Emperor' novels, few writers can deliver such simple undiluted fun - this is historical fiction as pure romp - action-packed and unputdownable. The blokish dialogue grates at times, but this is a minor quibble. For my money infinitely superior to the likes of Bernard Cornwell.
Get this book today and you will devour it in a single sitting.
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