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    Simon Scarrow(Author)

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In the first century AD the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long-standing enemy Parthia. Parthia is vying with Rome for control of Palmyra an officially neutral kingdom. Palmyra's royal household is on the brink of open revolt, and so a task force under the command of experienced soldiers Macro and Cato is dispatched to defend its king and guard its borders. When Parthia hears of the Roman army's presence, it starts amassing its troops for war. Macro's cohort must march against the enemy, deep into treacherous territory. If Palmyra is not to fall into the clutches of Parthia, they will have to defeat superior numbers in a desperate siege. The quest for a lasting peace has never been more challenging, nor more critical for the future of the empire.

"I don't need this sort of competition."--- Bernard Cornwell"A macho, all-action book... if there's a battle [you'll] be in the thick of it, and the fact that you're also getting a few modules worth of ancient history is a bonus."---"The Guardian""I don''t need this sort of competition."--- Bernard Cornwell"A macho, all-action book... if there''s a battle [you''ll] be in the thick of it, and the fact that you''re also getting a few modules worth of ancient history is a bonus."---"The Guardian""Replete with court intrigue, deadly politics, and massive close-quarters battle scenes, Scarrow's newest is excellent historical fiction."--"Publishers Weekly""Simon Scarrow tells a powerful story. ["Centurion"] is full of detail and a real page-turner."--Historical Novel Society"I don't need this sort of competition." -- Bernard Cornwell "A macho, all-action book... if there's a battle [you'll] be in the thick of it, and the fact that you're also getting a few modules worth of ancient history is a bonus." -- "The Guardian" "Replete with court intrigue, deadly politics, and massive close-quarters battle scenes, Scarrow's newest is excellent historical fiction." -- "Publishers Weekly" "Simon Scarrow tells a powerful story. ["Centurion"] is full of detail and a real page-turner." -- Historical Novel Society"I don't need this sort of competition." Bernard Cornwell "A macho, all-action book... if there's a battle [you'll] be in the thick of it, and the fact that you're also getting a few modules worth of ancient history is a bonus." "The Guardian" "Replete with court intrigue, deadly politics, and massive close-quarters battle scenes, Scarrow s newest is excellent historical fiction." "Publishers Weekly" "Simon Scarrow tells a powerful story. ["Centurion"] is full of detail and a real page-turner." Historical Novel Society" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Simon Scarrow(Author)
  • Hachette Audio (6 Nov. 2008)
  • English
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  • By Simon Binning 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. I would also add that with this, the 8th book, the publishers have finally decided to format the kindle version properly! My only niggle now is that they are a little over-priced.Review of this book.Our heroes are still in the east, helping shore up their friendly neighbour Palmyra against one of Rome's greatest enemies, Parthia. Once agin, there is treachery around every corner, and lots of battles. There is even a romantic element in this episode, although I'm not sure it is the author's forte! This book is a return to form after the rather disappointing last book.

  • By caveman on 16 March 2017

    An excellent story,well told ,exciting ,and well constructed.It takes you into the intriguing problems of who inherites what when there are more than one child.Simon Scarrow is a master craftsman at storytelling!!

  • By pete on 3 March 2017

    What do you need to convince you it's worth buying. It's Simon Scarrow, it's Cato and Macro, Nuffield said. Get buying!!!!

  • By Geoff J on 14 August 2017

    excellent as usual

  • By John on 21 May 2017

    Sent as present well received

  • By JL on 29 March 2017

    great book

  • By Guest on 2 September 2017

    Simon Scarrow continues his pacey historical novels linking fact and fiction seamlessly. Another great Cato and Macro adventure more to read in the series.


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