- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gladiator (Eagles of the Empire 9) Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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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)
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.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read with constant action throughout keep writing the series please Simon!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is one of the best in the series and has rekindled my thirst for more! Great story indeedPublished 1 month ago by Phil
Excellent, as all Simon Scarrow's Macro and Cato books have been.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another triumph for Macro and Cato. Marooned by a storm, suffering an earthquake and facing a slave rebellion under a would be Spartacus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Another good story slow start but get better the deeper you get into the story linePublished 3 months ago by Paul Lomas