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The Eagle's Conquest (Eagle #2)

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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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Nov 12, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fic
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.
Jul 19, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 wr

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
Jan 11, 2013 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Rui Gel
Aug 14, 2016 Rui Gel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continua a saga, maravilhosa, da águia. Transportando-nos para um ambiente mágico e tenebroso, em que, por vezes, se torna difícil de imaginar como seria a vida nesse passado remoto. História, bem esgalhada, com um bom equilíbrio entre a ação e a narrativa. Venha o próximo. Obrigado Simon.
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
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vicenç Sanz
Jun 04, 2015 Vicenç Sanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La primera novela de la saga me dejó algo frío, tenía ideas realmente buenas pero pecaba de ser demasiado ingenua en su desarrollo.

Y en la segunda pasa lo mismo.

Todo el tema de ambientación militar y de hacerte sentir dentro de una invasión romana a las islas británicas está estupendamente logrado, te hace sentir un legionario más, con sus problemas, sus dudas, las marchas que debían hacer, cómo les usaban lanzándoles contra el enemigo…

Luego tenemos un dúo protagonista que pese a ser un cliché e
Steven Hodgson
Oct 05, 2014 Steven Hodgson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2014 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachael Hewison
Mar 13, 2015 Rachael Hewison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-fiction
I am loving Simon Scarrow. How have I missed him all these years?

The cover for me is fantastic- it's simple but effective and I laughed at the Bernard Cornwell quote.
The book itself feels small and I did wonder how Scarrow was going to cram his story in but it works so well. A lot of action happens but it never feels rushed, it goes at a fantastic pace.

Macro, and particularly, Cato are developing wonderfully as characters and you can see their journey continuing from the first novel. They are li
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
Apr 09, 2013 Lady*M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, historical
4.25 stars
Mike Finn
"The Eagle's Conquest" carries straight on from "Under The Eagle" and doesn't vary much from the first book. We continue to follow the Second Legion as it plays a part in the conquest of Britain on behalf of Emperor Claudius.

The story is told mainly through the eyes of Cato, the (very) young Optio, with occasional dips into the heads of Vespasian, Legate of the Second and exemplary Roman officer, willing to do whatever it takes to serve Rome with honour and win the respect of his men and Vitelli
In Under the Eagle, Simon Scarrow introduced readers to two legionnaires: Macro, a grizzled veteran, and Cato, a young bookish sort straight from Rome , a boy made an officer because of his father’s influence. No one though Cato would make it as a soldier, let alone as a leader of men, but in Germania and the beginning of the invasion of Britain he proved himself. Now the Romans are moving further inland, where some scattered tribes are uniting under the Catuvellauni banner, whose leader intends ...more
Nuno Silva
Jan 19, 2015 Nuno Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antes de começar propriamente a ler o livro achei algo de estranho com a sinopse na contracapa, que era a data de 43 A.C., mencionada também na página 7 quando é explicada a cadeia de comando romana.
Vendo a edição original, o ano referido é o 43 A.D. ou seja "Anno Domini"....(que significa ano do Senhor, ou mais normalmente utilizado, depois de Cristo).
Apesar de não ser muito problemático, é uma gralha na tradução/revisão que não deixa de ser um pouco estranha, especialmente por constar na contr
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
Aug 18, 2012 M.G. Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2012 Ben Mcbride rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2010 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  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
Nov 07, 2015 Ricardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On this book we continue to follow the two main characters from the first book, this time during the invasion of Britannia.
The first two thirds of the book are mostly focused on the invasion itself: the organization of the roman empire, the first confrontation with the defender's army, preparation for the main confrontation between the armies and the great battle between the two forcest.
Amidst the second third from the book and towards the end, a conspiracy plot starts to gain strenght in the st
Lucy Sisk
Nov 02, 2015 Lucy Sisk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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(Najdete tam ukázky :-)

Jestli je kniha v něčem jiná?

Ano, Cato je v armádě skoro rok a už se na něm projevuje, že nemůže být tím citlivým mladíkem, který přemýšlí a nepřebírá cizí názory a zájmy. Macro přilnul ke Catonovi, a jejich vztah je víc jako syn a otec, dokonce se v nestřežených momentech chovají jako bratři.

Vespasianus si na chvíli oddychl od Vitelliových piklí, ale jeho manželka Flavie mu přidělala další potíže. Neúspěšně popřela své spojení se sk
Tsvetelina Stambolova-Vasileva
Началото на римското нашествие в Британия. Римляните принудително се задържат на бреговете на Тамесис в очакване на Клавдий, който трябва да оглави решителната битка за столицата Камолудунум. Вителий заговорничи с вожда на бритите Каратакус и подготвя убийството на императора. В плановете му, без да иска, се намесва младият Катон.
Добра книжка, но първата част ми хареса повече.
Dec 27, 2014 Cudeyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro se lee fácil, su lectura es amena. Y aunque no sé hasta qué punto es históricamente preciso, si muestra la realidad que se repite hoy: los políticos entrometiéndose en asuntos que no comprenden y los soldados intentando salvar la situación causada por sus decisiones. Para ver crítica completa visita mi blog: http://librisretosylecturas.blogspot....
Mar 01, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in the Eagle series did more for my historical knowledge of the Roman army than the 20+ historical fiction Roman era novels I have previously read. The rank hierarchy, camp lay-out, weapons and attire, relationship with Rome, etc. are all covered and the knowledge is plugged-in seamlessly into the story.

Scarrow mixes in plenty of battle with his character study and storyline. This book puts more focus on the history and character build-up than the story/plot (a stronger plot would have bu
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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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