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3.0 out of 5 stars I had hoped for more, 6 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Under the Eagle (Eagles of the Empire 1): Cato & Macro: Book 1 (Kindle Edition)
This volume is the first in a series. It tells the story of a new recruit to the Roman Second Legion in present day Germany, and the subsequent military preparations for the invasion of Britain. There is a sub plot about a lot chest of gold and a conspiracy against Claudius the Roman Emperor. I was expecting a great deal from the author Simon Scarrow due to all the glowing reviews, so I feel a little sheepish about awarding only three stars. On the plus side (and what saves the book) is the period itself - a fascinating time in our history. The style of writing is also very simple and easy to follow. What let it down for me was that it seemed to miss multiple opportunities to draw more from the detail on the period itself. I found the plot at times simply unbelievable (for example the ability of a group of legionaries to so easily locate a chest of gold buried by a tree in a marsh 100 years before, with its wagon still intact). The battle scenes were cheesey. I was brought up on Hornblower, Aubrey-Maturin, and Sharpe. If you are expecting the same quality of writing or knowledge of the period you will be disappointed. However, if you want a light gallop through this period of history, where the detail of the plot isn't too important and the main character is reasonably affable, then then this fiction shouldn't disappoint. I'd suggest this book was best aimed at younger readers.
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