The Eagle in the Sand (Eagle, #7)
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The Eagle in the Sand (Eagle #7)

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Trouble is brewing in Syria, on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. With the troops in a deplorable state, centurions Macro and Cato are despatched to restore the competence of the cohort. But another challenge faces them as Bannus, a local tribesman, is brewing up trouble and preaching violent opposition to Rome. As the local revolt grows in scale, Macro and Cato mu...more
Published May 3rd 2007 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 2006)
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Reading the tales of Cato and Macro, you suspend your disbelief a little for Cato's induction into the army was a little unorthodox. These two also seemed to be at the center of many of the scrapes that the Britains and Vespesian were fighting. Well all to the good, because Cato is becoming and effective soldier.

When first reads these tales, you learn that the two officers, what we might think of as NCO's as they are from the lower non-senatorial classes, have a lot more latitude. Now finally Ma...more
hmm. not the best one I've read, and after the pirates last book I was looking forward to the next one. the idea of the adventures being based in a fort meant that macro and cats experienced something of the siege experience that they inflicted on the britons. but, and here's the nub, introducing the story of Jesus, and having a back plot of his death, Peter turning into a lethal warrior ( really....?!) and Mary looking after Jesus's som Joseph (ugh ), was just.... contrived. I 'm sure Mr Scarro...more
Oct 27, 2008 Nathan rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Roman history fans
Simon Scarrow does another of his tales of the Roman legionaries Macro and Cato.

Unlike his previous books, the liberties that he takes with recorded history were, to me at least, grating, and substantially detracted from the story.

As usual, however, his battle scenes were gritty and realistic, and (especially after as many books in the series as he's written) still refreshingly different each time.

Not my favorite book in the series, but if you've read this far into the series, you shouldn't skip...more
Sep 02, 2010 Sam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
Poor read the author had to take a piss on the Christian faith for no good reason other than for publicity and to cause a furor ,and he goes on to say "I have taken a few liberties with the story of the most famous of the Judaean rabble-rousers executed by Rome" that's more than a few liberties .I am disappointed that these so called authors take such liberties knowing well that their actions will cause no repercussions.I wonder if they will take the same liberties with another man from the same...more
Another rip-roaring adventure from Cato and Marco, this time in Palestine at the start of the first century. With guest appearances from a couple biblical characters the plot trots along very nicely.
While reading this book I couldn't decide how many stars to give it. Usually I give a decent book 3 stars, if the book somehow fell short of being reasonably good, it gets 2 stars. The author will have to offend me in some way to get 1 star. I hovered between giving it 2 to 4 stars while reading this book. By the way, this is my first Simon Scarrow.

The thing that quickly jumps out is that everyone in the book speaks as if they live in the twenty first century. The mood of being in the ancient ro...more
Like the rest of the Eagle series, this is another exciting adventure in the lives of Centurions Macro and Cato. I had been growing a little tired of the series, mostly due to my increasing annoyance towards Cato seemingly knowing everything to Macro's detriment. Happily, this adventure redresses that inbalance and shows the strengths and weaknesses of both men. This time our heroes find themselves even further from Britannia in Judea, sent to uncover a plot that would threaten the Emperor and R...more
David Campton
Not my favourite in this series so far, but not for the reasons others posit. Many bleat on about the anachronistic and crude language employed by the protagonists, and while I've referred to this myself in reviews of previous books it's never been a negative to me. These characters are soldiers and soldiers have always used robust language. Those suggesting that writers such as L. Rider Haggard offer a more appropriate form of speech for characters in ancient settings are mistaking archaic form...more
After taking a nice cruise in the Adriatic (The Eagle’s Prophecy) Marco get’s his fond wish of a posting to Syria (really the border area between modern Israel, Jordan, and Syria). Of course Cato is with Macro, after all, what would either of them be without the other. Continuing the thread of The Eagle’s Prophecy Macro and Cato are working for Narcissus, the Imperial Secretary of Emperor Claudius. As such Cato and Macro’s mission is to determine if the governor of Syria is plotting to overthrow...more
Piotr Smolanski
This is the book that actually made me stop reading the series. Scarrow simply went over the top. The penchant for changing the series into the Tourists Guide to Every Famous Person of Antiquity was getting really annoying before (like in the pointless Boudica shagged by Macro episode) but here the inclusion of Mary Mother of Christ and St. Peter (her lover wannabe apparently) is just beyond dumb. They both have no place in the story, they could both be replaced by any other characters and they...more
Mark Muckerman
A lesser work.

Still an entertaining story in the continuing adventures of Macro and Cato, this time sending them to the far Eastern edge of the empire to root out corruption and a plot to overthrow the emperor. While the story remains as entertaining as prior volumes, the writing itself (the emotion of experience, the richness of character portrayal and interaction, and the depth of historical detail and accuracy) we've come to expect from prior work seems to have fallen off.

While all of his Ea...more
Ó Ruairc
This is the first Simon Scarrow book I've read. In "The Eagle in the Sand," I think this author tells a good story; he definitely does a good job with the plot and setting. Too, the action in "The Eagle in the Sand" is as exciting as it is incessant. The main issue I have with Scarrow, however, is his dialogue. Instead of attempting any kind of archaic parlance, the writer has the characters in his novel speaking modern-day idioms. While reading this book one gets the impression that the two pro...more
Luka Novak
Adventures of out heroes continue. Macro finally gets to see Syria. Well, sort of, he and Cato are posted in the region but not in the fun Antioch. Rather they are tasked with uncovering potential plot to overthrow the Emperor.

where this book lost me a bit is Scarrow's portrait of Jesus' family. Scarrow describes him as having a child, boy our heroes encounter. Also scarrow portrait Jesus as would-be revolutionary, willing to fight for free Judea. I can't help but think that such ideas, that is...more
Last book (so far) in Simon Scarrows Macro and Cato series to include the use of the word 'Eagle' in the title - before the series as a whole was rebranded - and the first book to be set in the Eastern provinces (unlike the earlier novels, set in and around Europe).

The events of this one, instead, take place in Judea, mainly centring around a small fort on the outpost of the Roman Empire. While its not essential to have read the earlier novels, it may help, with the occassional passing reference...more
It's great to see Cato and Macro finally head east. I'm not sure if this was quite as good as some of the earlier titles in the series however it's still brilliant and was great to see them in a different environment than usual.

The book has a few little skirmish battles but in true style to the series is mainly building for a larger more climactic battle towards the end. I will say that you also know any book in this series is never complete until Cato does something 'through gritted teeth' and...more
Another great read. Out two indestructible heroes travel to the east, suppress a potential revolt by a governor, meet the early christians, sight see in Petra, and are then sent to face the Parthians. All cool.

A few thoughts:
a. "Liberators"—any historical basis for believing that this group existed?
b. Referring to centurions as officers, would the term sergeants better? Though, as I understand it, the more senior centurions did perform duties which would be considered the duty of an officer in...more
Mike Dishmon
I very much enjoy this series of books, and enjoyed this latest installment as well. This time the duo are taken to Judea to root out a corruption plot, but they run in to a few bumps along the way, which is typical.

Very much enjoyed the tale, and the writing seems to have changed a bit to a more streamlined, slick style, which I enjoyed as well. I prefer to allow my imagination to work, without having too many words, and the descriptions given within this book allowed me to do just that.

I read tons of historical fiction, and I've found that Simon Scarrow is a good writer. His series on Wellington and Napoleon is outstanding, and I've also enjoyed several of the early books of the "Eagles" series.

"Eagle in the Sand" however is so poor that I am not going to finish the book, something I seldom fail to do. Cato and Macro will have to find their own way out of prison in Nabataea.

The dialogue and interaction between the two main characters in this book is so painfully amateurish tha...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I don't think this is one of Simon Scarrow's better books. It's an adventurous romp but there are a few too many cliches in it for me. Macro and Cato have been assigned (in their new role as chief troubleshooters for Narcissus - the spider behind the throne) to Judaea in order to investigate suspicions of treachery. The Parthians look like they could be rattling their cages a bit and the Judaeans - well, they're just an ungovernable lot with weird religious ideas and constant rabble-rousers... a...more
Very quick page turners, great books to read for a simple straight forward adventure. The books description of the combat scenes are very cool. The books get very repetitive, Cato pulls everyone butts out of the fire, doesn't get the credit he deserves, Marco is a tough guy,last minute escapes one after another.

It reminds me of a TV show like Zena warrior princess, same stuff every episode with little or no advances in a larger story line. That being said, still a fun read.
Carla Nayland
Seventh in this Roman military adventure series, this instalment takes hard-bitten veteran centurion Macro and his younger colleague Cato to the deserts of the Middle East. Political intrigue, corrupt officials on the make and a mysterious religious sect, with lots of battlefield action.
Narcisuss is a great evil character, but he is too distant from his own plot and it lacks any element of surprise. The plot is a bit stretched to seem real, although it is no doubt based on more or less historical accounts. I sometimes think that without some historical context, much of this stuff would be unreadable.
Wullie Mcmartin
A decent book, continuing the careers of Macro & Cato as they find themselves in Judea managing an auxillary cohort, and a local uprising.

It's pretty good, although only one major battle. looking forward to the next in the series (Centurion, Legion Novel 8) as they head to fight the Parthians
Greatly relieved to see that Scarrow is back on track after the slightly weaker 5th installment, The Eagle's Prey. A great, rip-roaring return for Centurions Macro and Cato, I loved every minute of it.
Number seven and Macro and Cato have a fight on their hands,not only with their own men but the enemy in their desolate outpost. Plenty of back stabbing and fighting with their backs to a wall. Gripping stuff.
Another excellent book from Mr Scarrow. His depictions of warfare are outstanding, the storylines are strong and his main characters are likable as well as realistic.
Excellent writing and it was great to have Cato move up in the world. Although not overly realistic, but who knows, maybe possible near the end of the empire.
Richard Estep

Another Macro and Cato yarn. Not quite as gripping as the last one (Prophecy) but still, an agreeable romp through the desert.
Steve Irvine
Excellent as always. I enjoy this line of books, and while some are inevitably better than others, they are all enjoyable reads.
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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...more
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