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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755327799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755327799
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
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Praise for Simon Scarrow: 'I really don't need this kind of competition... It's a great read' (Bernard Cornwell)

A new book in Simon Scarrow's series about the Roman army is always a joy (The Times)

Gripping... ferocious and compelling, it is a story of blood, romance and sacrifice (Daily Express)

Rollicking good fun (Mail on Sunday)

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)

Gripping (Sunday Times)

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

Book Description

AD 48. Fate lands centurions Macro and Cato in Crete, just as an attempt to overthrow Roman rule erupts. The ninth novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Eagles of the Empire series, which includes INVICTUS, BRITANNIA and CENTURION.

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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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Macro and Cato find themselves on Crete after a huge earthquake and tidal wave. Law and order on the island have fallen apart, and they find themselves having to help re-establish order, and deal with a slave rebellion led by someone who they have encountered before.
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I'm afraid this will be my last Cato and Macro book.
They were what got me into the Roman period for historical fiction, but, for me, have not moved forward. Each one is basically the same story in a different setting. The main characters still have the same annoying weaknesses they had in the first book, having not, apparently, learnt anything along the way. The other characters come and go, but don't seem to develop.
For me, there are other 'Roman' novels and series which now hold more appeal.
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Nothing new in this. Just another rattling good yarn featuring Cato and Macro. If you have enjoyed the previous books you will enjoy this.
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The book is part of a series Cato & macro are the main characters Simon scarrow is a brilliant writer I haven't read a bad book yet.
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Yet again Simon conjure a wonderful tale for Cato and Macro to endure.., love it... can't wait for Number 10
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Love Scarrow books!
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good
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the whole series shines. The characters are wonderful, the plots and counter-plots ingenious. I can recommend this series to anyone who loves a good story and especially to those of us who love a well researched historical period.
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