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The Eagle's Vengeance (Empire #6)

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The Tungrian auxiliary cohorts return to Hadrian's Wall after their successful Dacian campaign, only to find Britannia in chaos. The legions are overstretched, struggling to man the forts of the northern frontier in the face of increasing barbarian resistance.
The Tungrians are the only soldiers who can be sent into the northern wastes, far beyond the long abandoned wall bu
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published August 22nd 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Robin Carter
Sep 05, 2013 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
Eagles Vengeance Review

Our heroically dangerous Tungrians are back in Britain. Returning from their exploits in Dacia, triumphant, but with the knowledge of loss. (Tony does love to bump off a character or two).
Eagles vengeance is no different, In this latest book, Book six in the Empire series, Tony Riches send the reader on a thrill ride of dangerous exploits, daring action, Violent barbarian encounters and political manoeuvring, that will see the deaths of so many men and women we meet for th
Jun 05, 2013 Þorrbjórn rated it really liked it
What we essentially have here is a post-dated sequel to the story arc from the first three books in Anthony Riches' Empire series, that sees the main characters of the Tungrian auxiliaries back in the home territory of Britannia.

If you haven't read the first three books in the series - Wounds Of Honour, Arrows Of Fury and Fortress Of Spears - then stop reading this review now and go read those books or this book will be wasted on you.

Far from feeling like a run-of-the-mill token sequel used to c
S.J.A. Turney
Dec 31, 2013 S.J.A. Turney rated it it was amazing
Anyone who’s kept up with my reviews over the past few years will already know how much I enjoy Anthony Riches’ books. He is among the leaders in the field of Historical Fiction in my humble opinion, and never ceases to thrill and entertain me with his work. And when the next in the Empire series appears in Coming soon lists, my reading pile gets reordered appropriately.

The Eagle’s Vengeance has some tough acts to follow. I would say that the first three of the series were very much on a par wit
I am sure that this book will receive somewhat mixed reviews (although people who do not like Riches' writing style probably wouldn't make it through the whole series). As in the earlier books, readers should not expect any deep feelings and character descriptions. This book is about a relationship of fighting men, and it is to be expected that (the same way as it is in boy-play groups) their friendship is not based on what they say to each other (mostly crude/humorous comments) or feelings they ...more
Nick Brett
Sep 13, 2013 Nick Brett rated it really liked it
The sixth book in the excellent "Empire" series and author Anthony Riches packs a lot into this one.

The Tungrian cohorts have made it back to Britain and Hadrian's Wall and things are not in good shape. Politics and plots have rooted the existing troops in place and the Tungrians are used on a near suicide mission to go north to beyond the Antoninus Wall to recover a lost legion eagle from the tribes who still bear a grudge from a previous engagement. So we are able to enjoy a strong mix of batt
Mar 24, 2017 LMW rated it liked it
Still a series that will never bore you.
Sep 20, 2014 Speesh rated it liked it
It is said the eyes are the windows to your soul. Anthony Riches seems to take that (a little too much) to heart in his ‘Empire' series. Any emotion can be expressed from surprise to anger and all points in between, by a narrowing of the eyes and/or a raising of the eyebrows. So, what does that make the brows then? The venetian blinds to the soul? It’s worth musing on, because, that’s what you do here. The story tries to pop up now and then, but stands no chance against the absolute blizzard of ...more
May 05, 2014 Mieneke rated it really liked it
After reading and really enjoying the previous book in the Empire series, I was glad to be able to dive in to the sixth book, The Eagle's Vengeance immediately. Fresh of their victorious campaign in Dacia, the Tungrian cohorts return to Britannia only to find themselves sent out on a new mission upon arrival. The events in The Eagle's Vengeance are directly tied to those from the first three books, in which Calgus – the cohorts' main adversary in this book – plays an important part. Despite this ...more
Steven McKay
Nov 26, 2013 Steven McKay rated it it was amazing
The Eagle's Vengeance is the sixth book in the “Empire” series and, in my opinion, one of the best yet.
I first discovered Mr Riches when I was off work ill a few years ago and spent much of the week in bed reading his début, Wounds of Honour. That was a fairly straight-forward boys'-own adventure and The Eagle's Vengeance continues in the same vein.
There's lots and lots of violence and earthy language and it reads brilliantly. The characters are familiar, having been developed throughout the ser
Jun 26, 2015 D.w. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Though we seem to be in a rut for basic plot, there is an enemy who we will fight, here we see it twist and turn in the 6th outing to be a little different. Perhaps a too at device is used to give enough evidence (though without confessions signed and witnessed much seems supposition) to put an end to the plotter who targeted our hero from the first book. We do see that the usual subplot that the villain always has a man or team hunting our hero, or someone who can see through Marcus' attempt at ...more
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
After a year away, Marcus Corvus and his cohort of Tungrians have returned to Hadrian’s Wall. This time their mission is to rescue the eagle lost by the sixth legion in the first book of the series.

Anthony Riches is a master at describing complex battle scenes with large numbers. He goes back and forth between the big picture battle to focusing on the individual struggles of the main characters. This is done with complete ease and an excellent flow, allowing the reader to fully appreciate the st
John Salter
Jan 10, 2014 John Salter rated it it was amazing
This is another thrilling instalment in the Empire series and one you should read, especially if you are interested in Roman Britain (Britannia, Albion). Tony Riches always manages to combine a gripping and realistic story with humorous touches that will have you laughing out loud. The relationships between the characters and the way they are written, are very reminiscent of my days in the forces, blunt, funny and a reflection of how it is today, and more than likely, how it's always been to be ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Kenny rated it it was ok
I really believe that your enjoyment of a book depends on the overall mood you're in - and that you should choose your book accordingly. So this was something light, escapist in a series I've enjoyed, when I knew I was going to be distracted by the real world. So that may be a big part of why I'm on a relative downer on this one. But that said, it felt quite formulaic - a capture the flag book that felt quite by the numbers for the main mission, with the reappearance of the major bad-guy-you-tho ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Anther fine installment in the Empire series. Centurion Corvus and the rest of the Tungrians return to Britain only to find themselves sent on an impossible quest on the wrong side of the Antonine Wall. The usual clever strategy, gutsy moves and luck unfold, leading to a successful mission (which was not what was hoped for by the powers that be. Darn, but that Corvus is difficult to kill.)
And then there's a twist at the end, leading to new and interesting developments...
Aug 14, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Marcus Aquila and the Tungrian cohorts head back to the Wall and it's not long at all before they end up in a spot of bother among the swamps, mountains and forests of this remote part of the empire. The novel barely draws breath as the action never lets up. Violent and coarse in places (actually, lots of places), it's not for the feint of heart... Fun and exhilarating, its second half is a tour de force.

Review to follow shortly on
Apr 14, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
c2013: FWFTB: Tungrian, Antonine Wall, Fang, standard, swamp. So, our young hero has made it back to the shores of Blighty but yet more complicated plans are in place to haul him back to Rome for justice. I didn't see the plot twist coming at all. Loved the book and highly recommend it to the normal crew. "That's not going to hold all of us, not with a Briton the size of a year-old bull aboard."
Aug 26, 2013 Pete rated it it was amazing
Well Mr riches another excellent read, all you need from a book, humour,action etc etc.I enjoyed this book so much it took me no time at all to finish it,(unfortunately) not being able to put it down. The next in the series is all ready in my to read list, can't wait for the next in the series (wishing my life away)
Patrick Raftery
Mar 29, 2013 Patrick Raftery rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roman
l can only say this about anthony riches is books are amazing and how you please a lot of fans with the fact you have a job so do not write full time but more soul in your books than some,loved it as ever roll on the next book bliss
Scott Gardner
Mar 05, 2016 Scott Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic
Our heroes return to Brittania to recover the eagle lost in book 2 , and find themselves once again in a plot to kill Marcus.

Really liked this one as it was closer to home for me with the plot based at Antonine's wall , just along the road from me
A fitting successor to the Empire series, with Corvus back in Britannia and he and the Tungrians trying to recapture the lost Sixth eagle. Battles and duplicity aplenty, with various of his friends falling by the wayside - the disadvantage with military novels.
Mar 05, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
Excellent as always. I can't wait for the next book to be available.
Aug 31, 2016 Guy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roman-fiction
Yes, the next one in the series. back at Hadrian's Wall (where I shall be in two days) and up to the Antonine Wall. Bags of action and a narrow escape for Marcus.
And the next one please!
Sep 28, 2016 Laszlo rated it really liked it
Still loving it!
Nov 14, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read in the Empire series, with the Tungrian cohort back in Britannia, facing old ememies!
Jan 02, 2017 Jo added it
Really enjoying this series - a good story with the right amount of history as well.
J. Jones
Apr 27, 2015 J. Jones rated it really liked it
Found this one a bit pedestrian if I'm honest, but I'm so invested in this series and so enjoyed the earlier ones that I'm going to stick with it.
Ian Hawthorn
Mar 08, 2016 Ian Hawthorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great addition

Another great story with twisting plot and interesting characters. Good addition to the series and sets up the story next chapter seamlessly.
Craydon Burrows
Sep 04, 2013 Craydon Burrows rated it it was amazing
Great book, one of his best so far love the the sqaddie humour with top characters.
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Anthony Riches began his lifelong interest in war and soldiers when he first heard his father's stories about World War II. This led to a degree in Military Studies at Manchester University. He began writing the story that would become Wounds of Honour after a visit to Housesteads in 1996. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.
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