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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 July 2017
A wicked book from a brilliant series of books puts you right in the centre of the action through out the book and in the battles you can almost hear the screaming and smell the blood sweat and tears. Simon Scarrow is a great author .
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on 20 June 2017
Well it is set away from England, so it does have a different feel but still set within the frame work of previous novels.
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on 27 May 2017
Arrived quickly and is exactly as described. Can continue reading the series now which so far has been excellent.
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on 2 August 2017
Excellent read
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on 6 March 2017
thank you
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on 2 June 2017
very good
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on 21 May 2017
Sent as present well received
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on 2 October 2017
Easy read and a nice addition to the story line
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on 22 October 2017
Recommended to any fan of Simon Scarrow and his Eagles series.Fast paced good action, plausible and set the science for later episodes.
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