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The Eagle's Conquest (Eagle #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,827 ratings  ·  93 reviews
When Centurion Macro and his young subordinate, Optio Cato arrive on the shores of Britain to take part in the Emperor Claudius' invasion in AD 43, Macro knows the desperately outnumbered Roman army will be facing one of the toughest campaigns ever. Meanwhile, a sinister organization is secretly betraying the brave men of the legions. When assassination rumors coincide wit ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2001)
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"The Legions brought a chainsaw to a sword fight"

Someone asked me how could I like Simon Scarrow's novel so much when I know that it's not historical accurate - that I should be put off by the swearing in his novels. That's exactly the point why I'm such a fan of Scarrow's Eagles series. He doesn't romanticize war or politics. The author doesn't pretend to be historically accurate (unlike some authors - when there really not!). The reality is that history can be as dry as the papyrus it was wri
I really, really enjoyed this second book in the Eagle series. Simon Scarrow writes very well and both his story and his characters come to life. I'm very happy I gave this series a chance and am hopng the rest of the series is just as good.

This was a similar outing to the first novel in the series with the relationship growing stronger between Cato and Macro, the treachery growing stronger within the political ranks and a good number of well described battle sequences.

There wasn't much wrong with this novel other than the bits seemed to plod between the battles. It was slow to get going but when things kicked off it got going. The dialogue was also the same as the first which could be seen as a bit trashy but I quite enjoyed t
Luka Novak
The conquest of Britain continues. Book picks up where previous one left us with most of characters present. Book nicely shows how Cato is adjusting to ilitary life, how he is learning to operate and how his relationship with Macro is evolving.

We are treated to few fast paced battles with "down and dirty" fighting scenes but we also see glimpses of military life outside pitched battles.

However Scarrow makes few mistakes in such descriptions. For one contrary to popular belief roman warships were
This book is great. It clearly does lack the pondering depth of certain other authors (such as Steven Saylor) but if you're in the mood for a fun romp, look no further. This series in general is one I'd equate to Hollywood action films; very easy to digest, lots of action, punchy, lively, succinct with a tight overall structure, whilst also scraping by on enough historical depth to remain interesting and immersive. It never questions things too deeply and the result it a fun slice of fiction.

What strikes me most about this book, and to a certain extent the previous book in the series too, is just how different it is to the author's non-Roman period fiction.

For someone who is routinely trotted out as one of the best authors of Roman fiction, it surprises me just how bland and un-engaging a novel Scarrow puts out.

For a little context, the first of Scarrow's book that I read was Sword and Scimitar set around the sixteenth century siege of Malta. It was ripe with betrayal, battle, blood
Robin Carter
This was even better than Simon Scarrow's first book - and that's some achievement!
This time around Cato and Macro are ranged against the Britons, desperately defending their homeland in a series of pitched battles. The battle scenes are something else and carry the reader right into the heart of the bloody conflict so that somehow the author manages to make you see, hear, smell and feel the terrified combatants.

The characters are wonderful creations and smack of real living and breathing people
Steven Hodgson
The second book in the series does not disappoint. After finishing the first book I immediatley downloaded the whols series so I could read the whole series. This second book continues on from the first so reading the first book is recommended but not essential. Once again I could not put this book down and even started carrying it everywhere I went in case I could snatch a chance to read just a little of the book. I have a little knowledge of the roman times and this book increases that knowled ...more
I'm becoming more of a fan of this series I think as I go along. The first book in it was the very first thing that I've read from Scarrow although his name has been coming up in my recommendations on Goodreads for some time. For fans of historical fiction, military historical fiction, and ancient Rome, you will not be disappointed by this series.

The first book left off with Vespasian's 2nd Legion having just arrived for the invasion of Britain, this book resumes where the first leaves off with
I really enjoyed the first book of the Macro and Cato series of books by Simon Scarrow. I purchased the first three books via an Audible offer so I quickly started the second book.

The conquest of Britain continues. Plots started in the first book are continued into this book and some even have a conclusion.

This book is very similar to the first book. Cato is still learning and finding his feet, while Macro is still the gruff centurion. The book has some minor skirmishes before the main battle sc
This book continues with the story of Macro and Cato, the invasion of Britian has begun! Lots of battles, the relationship between the two men is still great. I love the scenes with these to. Was hoping for some more political plots, now that Flavia is staying in Britian maybe we will see more of that in the next book. I was really hoping that Vitellius would get his due but he's come out as the hero again! I don't know anything about Roman history so I have no idea if Claudius was historically ...more
4.25 stars
As a follow-on from Scarrow's first book, UNDER THE EAGLE, which I greatly enjoyed, I found THE EAGLE'S CONQUEST something of a letdown. I put it down to the old "curse of the second novel", whereby it appears that Scarrow found this very difficult to write and that somehow transmutes into it being something of a chore to read.

It's really odd, but there's something about this novel that I didn't like, and I can't quite put my finger on it. It's certainly an easy read, and action packed, chock fu
O Império Romano tem dado azo ao longo dos séculos a grandes obras, com histórias e personagens inesquecíveis, umas vezes, outras nem por isso, mas não deixa de ser um tema que nunca passa de moda e que tem legiões de fãs por todo o mundo. Nos últimos anos têm proliferado autores que têm ganho notoriedade utilizando esta civilização como mote, directa ou indirectamente, como é o caso de Simon Scarrow e a sua Série da Águia, baseada na vida dos exércitos romanos, que tem conseguido os maiores elo ...more
M.G. Mason
So continues the exploits of Cato, Optio of the sixth century of Legio II Augusta in the attempts to conquer the Britons and battle for acceptance in the legions who looked unkindly on the unusual method by which he became their superior officer.

This second novel follows immediately on from the first "Under the Eagle" and we are thrown into the middle of the war against Caratacus and the Catuvellauni tribe. Along for the ride are a few familiar faces: Macro the Centurion, Vespasian the Legate, V
Alasandra Alawine
Poor Cato and Macro just can't catch a break. Vitellius is still as villainous as ever.

Cato is badly burned in battle and makes the acquaintance of the surgeon Nisus (a descendant of Hannibal). They become friendly but the friendship ends abruptly when Nisus falls under Vitellius' spell. Shortly after that while Cato and Macro are fetching new recruits Nisus disappears.

Nisus is fatally wounded while trying to sneak back into camp. Cato is there when he dies and knows he was trying to get a mess
Ben Mcbride
The Eagles Conquest is the second book in Simon Scarrows series following Macro the centurion and Cato his optio. I read this book straight after the first (Under the Eagle) and have the whole series waiting to be read on my bookshelf. I can assure you that they will be read soon.

I am a young man myself with an interest in all things academic much like Cato and I find if I was thrown into the Roman legions away from a life of study and security my reaction would be the same. Cato struggles to g
Nathan Trachta
After finishing Under the Eagle: A Tale of Military Adventure and Reckless Heroism with the Roman Legions I decided to pick up The Eagle's Conquest. The Eagle's Conquest continues where Under the Eagle left off the initial invasion of Briton), with Rome and our friends Marco and Cato attempting to finish the invasion they started. Our friends Macro and Cato (and the 2nd Legion) are still our focus. For much of the story Cato seem taken to brooding over things and the communications between him a ...more
Jan 16, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction and Roman History Fans
This is the second book in the Roman history series featuring Centurion Macro and his subordinate Optio Cato. In this volume, the invasion of Britain, begun the year before is moving forward as the Roman Legions try to capture the major trading center and capitol of the Catuvellauni, Camulodunum, from the Britons and their leader Caratacus. The Romans are outnumbered but confident. Things become complicated when the Emperor, Claudius, decides to be there for the final battle while an assassinati ...more
Brian Turner
An earlier adventure for Macro & Cato as they take part in the Roman invasion of Britain.
Simon Scarrow does a good job as usual describing the day to day life of the legionary, and has a knack of making you understand the battle sequences.

Some politicking behind the scenes adds to the flavour as the heroes try to unravel the plot while still doing their jobs.
the eagle series just keeps getting better and better! these are books that are really hard to put down, and you just want to throw yourself over the next part immediately after you've finished the previous one.

they are also quite a fast read, packed with a lot of action, humor, friendship and betrayal.

all in all, a wonderful book!
Joel Judge
I'm really enjoying this series. Book II, The Eagle's Conquest, finds Cato and Macro in the thick of it yet again. Cato, still young, inexperienced and naive must show his mettle in the heat of battle, for he must prove to his men that he can lead by example and display courage where fear threatens to overwhelm. Off the battlefield, things are no easier for our impressionable hero and Cato's unrequited love is destined to teach him a painful but invaluable lesson. If personal trials and tribulat ...more
The second book following the careers of Centurion Macro and Optio Cato. Even better than the first book with more excitement and plot twists. You're really doing yourself a disservice if you don't read this series!
Scott Vout
Nothing special here for me.

Book two in the ongoing series. Adequate character development. Some murder and intrigue.

Good enough to get me to book three somewhere down the road

John Salter
If you enjoy historical novels that move at pace, with interesting and intriguing storlines, with humour, adventure and realism, based on historical fact, that make it easy for you to picture what the author is writing about, then this book is for you. Simon Scarrows characters are superb and realistic and despite them invading Britian, you end up wanting thwm to succeed! Brilliant author!

In this story the intrepid Romans venture to our fair shores where they get a bit more than they bargained f
Jo Richardson
Fictional story based on the roman invasion in 43AD by Caesar Claudius, very well written and enjoyed much more than expected
-Insisto en que la mejor manera de no fumar es no empezar a fumar jamás. Pasa lo mismo con algunos libros.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. En el año 43 de la era cristiana la ocupación romana de la isla de Britania no está siendo tan rápida y segura como se preveía, porque los britanos no colaboran. El emperador planea visitar el lugar para animar a las legiones pero parece que hay un complot en su contra. Segundo libro de la serie de Quinto Licinio Cato.

¿Quiere saber más de este l
Chris Porter
An easy to read book, and is am happy to follow the series. Not a "couldn't put it down" book though.
Richard Jacoby
Scarrow is not quite another Bernard Cornwell yet, but he is improving. I was not wild about the first book in this series, "Under the Eagle," but it was worth it knowing that an exciting new series was underway that I was interested in.

I'm not sure how the author overcomes this, but dialogue is a problem. The characters talk like British soccer fans. This may be Scarrow's way to make the characters seem real. It just takes away from what is a great unfolding story.

This is not Richard Sharpe as
After bad mouthing the first book in the series, it takes chutzpah to say that I am now reading the second in the "Eagle" series.

I was looking for an easy simple read and I could not find anything else that fitted the bill. These books are written, I think, as adventure stories for school boys or teenagers. If you keep that in mind, they may appeal when you are in the mood for escapist fiction with a little bit of history thrown in.

It gives me pleasure to say that, so far, this is a better book
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Simon Scarrow is a UK-based author, born in Nigeria, and now living in Norfolk. He completed a master's degree at the University of East Anglia, and, after working at the Inland Revenue, went into teaching as a lecturer at City College, Norwich.

He is best known for his "Eagle" series. This is Roman empire military fiction, starting with the second invasion of Britain, and continuing with subsequen
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