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on 25 February 2016
This is the sixth volume of this Roman saga featuring Macro and Cato two Roman legionnaires who contrive to be present at most of the diverse campaigns of the period. Most of the stories are based around historical events and people, .Most of the historical detail and facts are accurate as befitting the work of a history teacher and enthusiast of the Roman era and the writing style is comfortable and easy to read. Simon Scarrow has done for Roman history what Bernard Cornwell did for the Peninsular Campaign.
Overall, the books are very readable, and importantly very entertaining. These earlier volume are by and large better thoughtout and less 'commercial' than some of the later ones. I have the complete collection on my bookshelf and am now part way through re-reading the series from the beginning and am finding it a joy.
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on 14 November 2012
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.
Review of this book:
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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on 25 March 2018
I am continuing to read this series in order and so far I have not been disappointed with any of them. The twists and turns of Cato and Macro's life continue to surprise and the brutality of the conflicts both within the Roman Army and with its enemies are graphically described. It is a book which is difficult to put down and I am already looking forward to number 7.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 August 2011
BRIEF STORY DETAILS - SLIGHT SPOILERS

Spring 45 AD and Centurions Macro and Cato, dismissed from their Legion in Britain, are trapped in Rome accused of a crime. Politically devious Narcissus offers them a dangerous way out but they must re-capture an imperial agent and his vital scrolls accompanied by an old enemy Vitellius. Amid more plots that could destroy the Emperor, Macro and Cato struggle to clear their name and stay alive.

SAFE READING _ NO SPOILERS

I have read all the "Eagle" series in order, followed the careers of Cato and Macro with great interest and eagerly await the already pre-ordered "Praetorian".
Not the heights of Literature (nor pretending to be), but well-written nevertheless, the series is filled with his great depth of knowledge, enthusiasm for and interest in the Romans.
Cunningly peopled with all the names from our history lessons - Vespasian, Cladius, Caratacus, Boudica - and the Roman campaigns to extend the Empire but centred on two Roman soldiers who become unlikely close friends, Macro and Cato, their careers and friendship carries the stories along. Following them closely allows the intimate details of human life to be in the forefront while the everyday lives of Roman soldiers and the political intrigues of the Roman Empire provide the backdrop.

PS I found it helpful to have a one-page list of Roman army ranks, which I used as a bookmark, and I had the odd glance at ancient maps (not mine I hasten to add!).
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on 29 August 2012
This is the 6th of 11 books, written by the amazing Mr Simon Scarrow. This book, as all in the collection are centred around the two Officers of the Roman legions, these are Centurions Macro, a blunt and effective soldier and leader of men who won his promotion the hard way, and his friend Cato who was the youngest Centurian in the Roman legions. Young he was but intelligent and a born fighter he certainly was, on one hand the doer and the other the thinker but together they where unbeatable.
The action is brutal and totally action packed from page one to the very end, it is a real page turner. Started on page one at six pm and put it down realising it was two am. Beware it is really addictive, gritty and the only set of books that hooked me so efectivly that the only other collection that has come close to this has to be JK and her masterful Harry potter. It must be said not books for children.
I take my hat of to Mr Scarrow the word smith, love to meet him and I don't say that very often.
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on 15 April 2018
I cannot recommend this book any higher. I am now reading book 7 of the 'Eagles of the Empire Series. Centurions Cato & Macro are a wonderful anchor on which to travel through the history of the Roman Armies as they strive to conquer and retain the Empire of Rome.
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on 10 October 2007
In "The Eagle's Prophecy" Macro and Cato, having returned with Vespasian from Britain, find themselves stuck in Rome unable to find news postings to another legion. When the imperial secretary Narcissus learns of their presence he has just the job for them: pirates have been scourging the coasts of Italy, and by sheer luck three very important scrolls have fallen into their hands. Macro and Cato are to join the fleet ordered to destroy these pirates, and retrieve the scrolls. A difficult enough mission as it is, but as luck would have it their old enemy Vitellius has been appointed prefect of the fleet...

I found this a very good adventure novel, not least because of the change of scene: Macro and Cato have to face unfamiliar enemies on unfamiliair ground (or water, of you will). Combined with the skill Scarrow meanwhile has in building an intriguing plot and keeping you in the thick of action almost constantly, this makes for a very welcome addition to the series.

Very well done, I'm looking forward to the further adventures of our 2 centurions!
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on 12 February 2018
Another great installment to the Eagle series two great characters Cato and Marco you just don't know what unfortunate situation their are getting into this time
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on 30 January 2016
I'm a massive fan of the "Eagle Series" . Macro cracks me up and Cato more often or not has to play the adult. I'd recommend these books to everyone,especially people who have always been around a service life. Plus I love anything historical.
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on 8 August 2010
just like every other book in this series, this books draws you right in so much so that you cant put it down until you have finished it.
this one tells a different tale from most other books and thats the tale of piracy in the roman empire... macro and cato are to illyria in the hope of stopping a massive threat to the emperor and from there its a excellent tale that is thoroughly enjoyable!
but also brings a hint of sadness in regards to Macro... but i will not describe that here :-)
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