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This review is from: Arena (Roman Arena) (Hardcover)
This is a poor offering from Simon Scarrow. I cannot believe he's agreed to such a book.When I see a novel is by a big name AND someone I've never heard of, I assume it's written by the latter with the former having some overall view. James Patterson does it all the time as now does Clive Cussler but they're both global names so I don't understand why Scarrow's doing it.
As you might expect from the title, it largely involves gladiators with much ensuing blood and gore. You have one arena fight after another and quite honestly that's all there is. There is no plot worth talking of. We are to assume that the Macro here is the pre-Cato figure of the other novels. He doesn't come across well. Unsympathetic for a start; I felt the Bato rebellion was largely his fault. The ending is totally predictable. The character of Pavo is weird. I'd like to catalogue the things his body absorbs and ask an A+E doctor their opinion. I suspect they'd have a good laugh.
And I cannot agree that it's well-written. There's far more bad language than in other Scarrow novels for a start but there are some lines that really made me cringe. One character swears then says 'Pardon my Gallic' Oh please. And then the crowd in the arena chant 'He wins every fight, makes his rivals look s****' I nearly gave up at that point. Wish I had.