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Under the Eagle (Eagles of the Empire 1): Cato & Macro: Book 1 by [Scarrow, Simon]
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Book 1 of 14 in Eagles of the Empire (14 Book Series)

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."..spectacular tale of intrigue, adventure, and glory in the Roman legions ... This enthralling historical drama is distinguished by its meticulously detailed portrayal of life in the mighty Roman army."
--"Booklist" "A warmly welcome sequel looks assured."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

..".spectacular tale of intrigue, adventure, and glory in the Roman legions ... This enthralling historical drama is distinguished by its meticulously detailed portrayal of life in the mighty Roman army."
--"Booklist" "A warmly welcome sequel looks assured."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

...spectacular tale of intrigue, adventure, and glory in the Roman legions ... This enthralling historical drama is distinguished by its meticulously detailed portrayal of life in the mighty Roman army.

A warmly welcome sequel looks assured.

...spectacular tale of intrigue, adventure, and glory in the Roman legions ... This enthralling historical drama is distinguished by its meticulously detailed portrayal of life in the mighty Roman army. "Booklist"

A warmly welcome sequel looks assured. "Kirkus Reviews""

A warmly welcome sequel looks assured. Kirkus Reviews
...spectacular tale of intrigue, adventure, and glory in the Roman legions ... This enthralling historical drama is distinguished by its meticulously detailed portrayal of life in the mighty Roman army. Booklist

"The characters are so life-like they almost spring of the page.... An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love, and death." -Elizabeth Chadwick, award-winning author of The Marsh King's Daughter.

"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." -The Northern Echo (UK)

"A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read." -Mail on Sunday (UK)

"Historically very accurate... The story also moves along very nicely, with plenty of action, and has a pretty twisty plot. If Cornwell or Forester is your idea of good reading, give this one a try." -South Wales Argus (UK)

"A good story well written is a pleasure to read. Scarrow does this and more in his debut historical novel... Tightly paced... Fans of the historical novel... will appreciate Scarrow's detailed research." -Cambridgeshire Journal (UK)

"A gripping tale." -Warrington Guardian (UK)"

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'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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2580 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; paperback edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V09184
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 296 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was an interesting glimpse into the life of a centurion, Macro, in the Ancient Roman Army of c. AD 43. At times, it seems as though the story is more about the young recruit Cato since there are spells where the plot is described in his point of view, though that also happens with other characters, too. However, the omniscient author plus technique didn’t interrupt my reading flow. The details of fortress life in Germania were very realistic, the harshness of the military life thrust upon the new recruits being particularly brutal and as far as we can tell very authentic from written military texts handed down to us. Phraseology that works today give a sense of the earthiness of the characters but it doesn’t quite work for me for 2000 years ago, though I appreciate how difficult it is to give the characters a real depth that makes the reader empathise with them. This would be a great read for anyone new to Ancient Roman military history who wants to learn it though the medium of realistic axction packed fiction.
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I'm actually now on book 15 of this series now but I came back to book one to encourage new readers to give Simon Scarrow a try. He is not quite as good as Bernard Cornwell but I have found myself just as hooked on this 'Eagles' series as I was with Cornwell's 'Sharpe Series'. That is high praise as far as I am concerned.

He gradually develops the main characters, Cato & Macro, extremely well so that you almost feel that you know them and how they will react. He also weaves the stories between real historical events (just as Cornwell does) which gives me a better sense of realism and a small real history lesson too.

Thoroughly recomended.
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Received on time, very good well written story i will read the rest of the series and have the next book on my wish list.
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I have been looking for this, in hardback, for some time. Very happy with this purchase - and a great story.
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FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES AND AM INTENDING TO READ THE FULL SERIES, WHAT A WRITER. DAVE BOWEN.
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Excellent, a good read
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I look forward to reading the continuing adventures of Cato and Macro. Thoroughly enjoyable and historically believable although I can't help but think Macro could be Ray Winstone complete with East End accent.
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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 passages of speech, and they are a little over-priced.
Review of this book:
This is the first of the series, and there is quite a bit of scene setting. Both main characters are introduced and fleshed out. The story moves along quickly, and is perhaps a little contrived, but it is fun and very readable. If you are going to read the series, it really does pay to read this one first.
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