Under the Eagle (Eagles of the Empire 1) Paperback – 7 Aug 2008
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Rollicking good fun (Mail on Sunday)
Everyone has been raving about the film GLADIATOR, but Cato's story is its equal in bloody cut and thrust and has the bonus of conspiracy and intrigue to give it extra flavour (Northern Echo)
'I don't need this sort of competition' (Bernard Cornwell)
AD 42. As savage enemies rise against the Roman army in Germany, a deadly battle begins. The first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Eagles of the Empire series, which includes THE GLADIATOR, CENTURION and BRITANNIA.See all Product Description
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'Under the Eagle' is the first in a series of book by Scarrow that follow the adventures of Cato and is an excellent introduction. Scarrow writes just the right blend of action and description so that readers of other historic fiction are not bored, whilst new readers are informed about the period.
The best aspects of the novel are probably the battle scenes and the characters. Scarrow is very good at describing everything from minor skirmishes to full on conflicts. These battles are heightened because he has created in Cato and Marco two characters that you soon grow to like. It will be a pleasure to see how Cato rises over the next few novels.
The only minor misgivings I have with the book is that some of the political aspects were slightly confusing and that Cato comes across as a bit too weedy. I am sure that both of these elements will be dealt with in future stories as being inexperienced is all part of Cato's journey. I recommend these books to fans of authors such as Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.
Under the Eagle sees the arrival of a young Cato with the legion and his experiences as he comes to terms with life in the army with Macro in Germania. Simon Scarrow produces an excellent story with realistic characters as the battles commence and the blood flows.
Some poetic license is included as the two Roman soldiers jump geographically from region to region in the books and their capers are more like those of Roman Special Forces but they are excellent reads.
I took five of his books with me to Spain on holiday and by the time the two weeks were over, the books were read and throroughly enjoyed. Simon Scarrow for me is a better story teller than Bernard Cornwell because theres more action, more going on and his stories flow.
Now, the above as a beginning to a book review may not appear very fulsome, but in mitigation, I am an insatiably, devouring beast for literature - reasonably good literature I think/hope - and have been ever since I was a nipper about a thousand years ago.
In my old age, I have also become ridiculously picky and very spoilt indeed as to that which I cast my peepers upon for any length of time, and frankly, if a new book has not 'grabbed' me within a very few chapters it is wantonly cast aside. Add to the above-mentioned foibles the fact I am additionally not one to rush to a new author and/or genre at the drop of a hat, and I must surely be the personification of an authors nightmare!
So, I hear you cry, what is this loon doing trying this particular literary offering? Simple really, I have always been a devotee of Bernard Cornwell, and instantly espying his generous comment re Simon Scarrow, I was very easily seduced.
In truth, I have not finished this first entry in this series by Simon Scarrow as I only acquired the first tome a few days ago, but I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed every word to date. Well written, with great characters and a story which transported me back to the glory days of Rome.
If you are wavering for any reason please desist. I feel sure you will not regret the purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are many Ancient Roman novellas out there but Simon Scarrow has worked wonders with this series. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mr. Steven Dwan
Really enjoyed this wonderful story. Very well written and cannot wait until the next book. What will happen to Macro and Cato!Published 6 days ago by Sean Gallivan
Loved it, but less than three hundred pages is pretty short. That's the only reason it isn't five stars, and I'm not really complaining. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Healy
This is one of the more enjoyable Ancient Rome based novels I have read over the years. It is set during the reign of Claudius and takes place mainly in Gaul. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jomeo
Forced to sign up to escape slavery, but with a helpful nudge from the elites of rome. Our hero Cato is the quinessntial fish out of water. And thats always fun to follow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sharpen the edge