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Centurion (Eagle #8)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,211 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
A gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet. 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 comma
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2008 by Headline (first published 2007)
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Ian
Sep 12, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ian by: ireide@graduate.uwa.edu.au
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Paul
Sep 12, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok
More of the same. Yet another siege with another set-up, at least in part, incredibly like the previous book in the series, but with a ill-thought out battle right at the end to save the day.
Nothing in particular that sets this book apart from the rest of the series or to imply that it would work well as a standalone novel.
It's not a BAD installment in the series, if anything it's about as average and mundane as the rest of the series. It's episodic junk food really; no long term nutritional val
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Mark Muckerman
Jan 08, 2012 Mark Muckerman rated it really liked it
Scarrow returns to strong form with book #8 in the continuing adventures of Macro and Cato. From an opening action sequence to the final page, Scarrow provides the depth of story, historical context, character development, realistic action and ongoing subterfuge that have characterized this series.

Posted to the very edge of the empire to secure and reclaim a buffer province, Macro and Cato find themselves in the ranks of their newest and recurring adversary, Longinus. Scarrow places good storyte
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Tracy Enright
Oct 29, 2013 Tracy Enright rated it liked it
This is the 8th book in the Eagle series and sees Cato and Macro in the desert. Palmyra specifically. They have been sent to the aid of a client king whose son has started a revolution to overthrow him. Palmyra's main importance lies in the fact that it sits on the border with Parthia, a land that is definitely not a friend to Rome.

The two battle their way against bandits, enemy forces and the desert itself only to end up in a seemingly hopeless position – trapped in the Palmyrian capital prayin
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Robert
Apr 05, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing
a brilliant book i only happened to buy by chance, but im soo glad i did, this story had me gripped from start to end and i literally wasted my whole night reading it because i just couldnt stop!

Its essentially about two centurions macro and cato and their realtionship during the hardship of their toughest mission yet. They are sent to quell a rebellion in palmyra, a city inbetween two (almost) warring factions of parthia and rome, which has been taken over by rebels.

Although some might say this
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Alex George
May 21, 2014 Alex George rated it liked it
Shelves: blue-shelf
I think the rating of three is not representative of my enjoyment of this book. It's more like a 3.5, though it could have been closer to a 4.0 if I could get to like the characters a bit more. Macro doesn't inspire me as much as I wanted him to, however, Cato is a good guy, and in this book there is a bit of romance, though we don't get to read any of it but rather find out that it happens off the pages, umffffff!

Anyhow, Scarrow does a great job with his history research and has delivered a fit
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Graham
Aug 25, 2012 Graham rated it liked it
Billed as a crosss between Spartacus and Master and Commander I was recommended to read this book by our local library, along with a number of others. Just finished it this morning, and the best part of the book is definiately the last fifth. The rest of it is clunky - there is no sense of place, and the characters are a little cardboardish. There were also a few holes in terms of resources and battle plans. So... really this is a 2 1/2 book, but I'm being kind to give it 3 just for the fact tha ...more
Olethros
-Más de lo mismo, cambiando el decorado de fondo.-

Género. Novela Histórica (cada vez menos, en realidad, y más novela de ficción en tiempos de la Antigua Roma).

Lo que nos cuenta. Palmira es un pequeño reino que tiene la desgracia de encontrarse entre la periferia de la esfera de influencia de la superpotencia Roma y las fronteras de Partia, una potencia a tener en cuenta que, aunque de talla menor, tiene recursos militares y unas líneas de suministro mucho más cortas a la zona y está preocupada
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Sebastian Janek
Oct 27, 2014 Sebastian Janek rated it really liked it
Shelves: rome
Autor przyzwyczaił swoich czytelników do dokładnego opisu zmagań i wojskowego języka, aczkolwiek wzbogaconego długą listą brutalnych zwrotów. Tłumacz serii, Robert J. Szmidt całkiem wiernie oddaje słowa wyrzucane z ust starożytnych wojskowych, a naprawdę było na czym język strzępić, ponieważ bohaterowie serii trafili po raz kolejny do kotła z wrzątkiem, z którego muszą wydostać się z godnością, poczuciem wywiązania się z zadania narzuconego przez Narcyza, no i przede wszystkim z życiem.

W wyniku
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Samuel Tyler
Mar 04, 2015 Samuel Tyler rated it really liked it
With the abundance of Marco and Cato adventures that Simon Scarrow has written it would be easy to get a large vat of tar on the boil and paint the entire collection with the same brush, but this is simply not the case. There are similarities between the lot of them, after all Marco and Cato remain at their centre, but many of the stories have their own feel. ‘Centurion’ is what I would consider a battle book, dominated by some great action set pieces. Gone is some of the intrigue and guile of t ...more
Jack Webb
Dec 14, 2014 Jack Webb rated it it was amazing
My bias for this series probably comes in to play with my rating, and I understand the negative comments of similar plot lines, but for me the simple interplay between Macro and Cato is endearing and the humour and suspense has this instalment back to the level at the beginning of the series. Back to "un-put-downable".
Redfox5
Jun 16, 2014 Redfox5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

These books keep getting better, the last book had been my fave in the series but this one has just beat it. THERE IS A WOMAN IN THIS BOOK! After lots of battles and the loss of Cato's first love at the start of the series, he finally meets someone else. And I like her, and it looks like their will be wedding bells soon :) Oh and there is somesort of threat to the empire but Cato and Macro come out on top again. Slightly worried about that snake Longinus, I hope something happens to him soon. He
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Rithun Regi
Feb 09, 2016 Rithun Regi rated it really liked it
For history buffs, this is a fascinating book which takes us back in time to the city of Palmyra which was recently destroyed by the IS. It shows the kind of cold war which existed between the mighty Roman empire and the Parthian empire. For people who dig the Roman legions and wish to know more about their life, this book is a good read. It is interesting to note that the mistrust between the military and the political arms of state was the same as it is now. The book is based on Antioch and Pa ...more
Richard Azia
So far this has been one of the best in the series. I like the humanity that the characters come out with. You feel a connection with the characters.
Tony
Aug 07, 2014 Tony rated it really liked it
Love seeing the start of a new relationship for Cato. Great characters abd an interesting development and insight into this series.
Xdw
May 29, 2014 Xdw rated it liked it
above average roman adventure
D.w.
Oct 30, 2011 D.w. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
I am a fan of this series so I hope my bias is not coming into my reviews, but perhaps it is. Scarrow I find transports me to the primitive time of the Roman Empire.

His use of language, though not riddled with terms of the legions, is also not filled with modern constructs that other writers use and throw me out of the setting.

In this instance Macro and Cato are still in the Holy Lands for during this period of time, after JC (And I took umbrage with the last book and bringing our heroes into th
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Perry Whitford
Oct 07, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it did not like it
I fancied trying a mainstream work of fiction, the type you see advertised at railway stations. I found this going cheap in hardback and it was about the Romans, so that alone should have made it interesting, I love anything about the ancient world.

The glossy cover told me that it was the eighth in an ongoing series, so the two leads, Cato and Macro, already had a good deal of shared history, which could have been a problem. I was anticipating many references and allusions to events I could only
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Julia
Oct 21, 2010 Julia rated it it was ok
After Scarrow's previous adventure with Macro and Cato (see my review for "Eagle in the Sand") I had looked forward to this one, hoping that he would again balance out action between our two protagonists. However, I was disappointed that he seemed to revert to his previous tendency to focus on Cato and have him solve every problem the cohorts encounter. Not only that, but Cato is even more unbelievably promoted to Prefect (albeit "acting") because he clearly can't be outranked by Macro for more ...more
Nathan Trachta
Aug 17, 2011 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it
After a short break it's time to return to Macro and Cato. Still in the desert, the 2nd Illyrian has moved closer to Damascus when the Governor of Syria receives word that a Parthian forces is headed to to Palmyra, a protectorate of Rome's. The governor sends two centuries, the 2nd Illyrian and a century from the 10th Legion to help the Palmyrians hold their city until the might of Rome can be mustered to fight the Parthians. Oh, did I mention that Macro has been promoted to command the century ...more
Luka Novak
Our two heroes are still romping around Syria. Macro gets to experience Antioch, something he was dreaming about since start of the series.

But it's not all fun and games. Our heroes are again thrust into thick of action as revolt within royal family in Palmyra threatens to upset the ballance of power between Rome and its regional archrival Parthia.

Cato and MAcro have to take vanguard of roman forces and do what they can while rest of the army marches behind them. Combine that with existing power
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David Campton
Aug 24, 2012 David Campton rated it really liked it
Another one bites the dust... the desert dust of Palmyra in this case as our heroes Macro and Cato continue their tour of 1st century military hotspots. This one is a bit more straightforward than most, though Scarrow set up a few story arcs that he just dropped for no real reason; for a while I thought we were going to get a bit of a whodunit, but that petered out to nothing, as did Cato's unfortunate encounter in one of the night time engagements. Could have done without the wet romantic sub-p ...more
Michael
Jan 16, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of Bernard Cornwell's books, I was naturally drawn to any novel that had his imprimatur. I'm very glad I picked this up and will go back to the beginning of the series to read them all in their proper order (this being book eight, if I'm not mistaken). Picking up where the previous book left off (I assume), we find the two main characters, Macro and Cato, embroiled in political intrigue (against their will) and military action (very much according to their will). The battle sce ...more
17advorak
Mar 25, 2013 17advorak rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It follows the story of two officers in the army of the roman empire, Cato and Macro. In this book (the eighth in the series) the two set out with a legion of roman soldiers on a military campaign against the Parthian Empire. Rome and Parthia are competing over the kingdom of Palmyra, which is important to the control of the middle east. The book is very action packed, full of battles and fights. These battles are very well described, thanks to the gruesome details the ...more
Petra Eriksson
Jul 15, 2010 Petra Eriksson rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, but it wasn't until I read about half of it I found out that it was number eight in a series. For some reason, the swedish publicers thought it was funny to not release the entire serie, no, they start with number eight and then come out with number seven (yes the earlier book)a few months laters... you can say I was a little annoyed. But i couldn't very well stop in the middle of it so I continued reading.

Anyway, I don't read that many books that has an historic found
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Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
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Macro and Cato are shipped to yet another part of the Empire by the Roman senate and become embroiled in a fight to stabilise what is to all intents and purposes a neutral kingdom, Palmyra. As usual wherever the pair go trouble follows close behind and it is not long before the pair of them are engaged in trying to stop the forces of one of Rome's long standing enemies, Parthia, who having heard of Rome's presence in Palmyra decide it will be in their own best interest if they also send a
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Fred
May 26, 2015 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A better book than some of the others in the series so far. There were some interesting changes, political intrigues, battles, and quite a bit of character development that I think were lacking in the last two at least. For anyone who is reading this review without having started the series, this is book eight so you won't get here for a while yet.
Paul
Jan 14, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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Akshay
Apr 05, 2015 Akshay rated it liked it
The story of ‘Centurion’ begins on the banks of the river Euphrates, where a Roman cohort is building a fort to protect the eastern outpost of the Empire from Parthia in the 1st century CE. In several ways, ‘Centurion’ is a good springboard that transports a reader back into a different era. It also reminds us of a few modules of ancient history which is like an added bonus. Replete with court intrigue, deadly politics and massive close quarter battle scenes with onomatopoeic sounds of a sword, ...more
Dale
Dec 08, 2012 Dale rated it it was ok
When I first saw this book at the library I thought it would be a good story to read because I like historical fiction type of novels. It turned out to be a fairly good story. At times, it was kind of boring and monotonous, with the story being pretty predicable.
However, I did keep reading and the story kind of kept me interested enough to finish the book.
I saw that it was the last book in a "series" of stories, but I did not really know this until I started reading the book. Oh well, it would
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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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