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When the Eagle Hunts (Eagle #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  3,015 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Simon Scarrow's brilliant adventure novels about the Roman army appear with stunning new covers. After a series of bloody battles, Camulodunum (modern-day Colchester) has fallen to the invading Roman army. The Emperor has returned to Rome, leaving the fearless Centurion Macro and his young Optio, Cato, to rest and regroup, along with the rest of the Second Legion. As their ...more
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Published May 2003 by Headline (first published 2001)
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"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers..."

You'd think the II Legion Augusta would have had a easier ride hiking through the south-west of England. If you know about this side of the country, you'd know the stereotype - easy going, farmers, cider drinkers. Take out the first and third term, you wouldn't be far off the mark. The land is fertile and would provide land based food stuffs for the Roman forces, instead of relying on produce brought from overseas. A marching diet generally consist
If you are a Simon Scarrow fan then please shield your eyes, this is not going to be pretty.
I can't believe it! I bought this book (and two others in the series) based purely on the good reviews left for it on goodreads. So what I can't believe is how it got them in the first place. This book is atrocious and it's no wonder that people can pick them up from bargain bins in supermarkets. I'm sure if I got a pair of scissors and cut out all the dialogue I may have myself a book that may be worth
Finally a book in the Eagle series that didn't feel like a huge waste of time reading.
It has taken this far in to make me actually enjoy (slightly too strong a word) one and if I'm honest, if I hadn't been over-eager and bought all the books before having read any, I probably wouldn't have bothered with the series again.

This book can neatly be summed up as Macro & Cato versus some typically evil as hell Druid bastards who've captured some Romans - the family of General Plautius himself no le
I love the way that Scarrow ties in just the right amount of historical fact with creative license to ensure that the readers are left breathlessly waiting for more and to see what happens next. This book introduces Boudica, which fans of Roman or British history should recognize from the name alone and if you don't . . . well, GTS (Google that shit).

This, book three, was probably my favorite of the series so far. There was just the right combination of set piece large battles between Roman leg
Wow! Definitely the best addition to the Macro/Cato series so far.

Throughout these epic novels, Scarrow seamlessly switches from the personal POV of Macro and Cato to the view point of the army as a whole, to the ongoing invasion of Britain, and back again without a glitch. It's very cleverly done and keeps you hanging on to every word. He doesn't bombard the reader with technicality or historical terms that might leave people like myself scratching their heads over it. I really admire his styl
Excellent entry in this series, which finds Macro and Cato going on a suicide mission to rescue the general's wife and children before they are burnt alive by the Druids. Joining them on the hunt are Boudica, whom Macro has had a fling with, and her betrothed, the immense Prasutagus. Are they the historical Boudica and Prasutagus? Probably. A convenient bit of poetic liscence, but this is historical fiction, these things happen.

Simon Scarrow's books about the Roman Legion are full of accurate de
Rachael Hewison
Scarrow's Eagle series just keep getting better. I sometimes find that with third or fourth books of a long series they can sometimes get a little tricky; the characters have already been established in books one and two, the author is perhaps building up to a big storyline in the later books so three and four are about keeping the reader's interest. For me Scarrow did that and more. I'd say this was my favourite of the three so far.

I want to say that this book is ram-packed with action but in s
Steven Hodgson
As with the first two books I started this book almost as soon as I finished the second book because I just couldn't wait to catch up with the next adventures of Cato and Marco. I was a bit dubious with the storyline at first as I did not see the chance for much action, but how wrong was I. Once again Marco and Cato are in the thick of the fighting for the Roman empire. In this book however you start to see the close bonds of friendship between the two of them and even see a softer side to Marco ...more
The third and last book in the Audiobook deal of the Macro and Cato series. This book started off from where the last book finished - still in Britain trying to conquer the British. It is winter, so the campaign has stopped until spring. The generals family is en route, but gets shipwrecked and are captured by the Druids. As you can guess by now, the druids are the bad guys this book.

The book can be split into 2 parts. The first is the winter portion of a campaign, with the odd skirmish and plen
Nuno Silva
Adorei mais este livro da saga.
O autor conseguiu-me cativar em cada pedaço de texto que escreveu.
Ao início estava a pensar que a história do salvamento ia ser quase um "one man army" e por isso talvez ficasse um pouco aquém, mas quando acabei de ler, achei que foi tudo muito bem conseguido e aqueles exageros de um soldado conseguir dizimar uma legião sozinho acabaram por não existir, apesar da ação ser algo heróica. Todos os passos foram muito bem descritos e interessantes.
Gostei também muito da
M.G. Mason
This third volume in Scarrow's Eagle series sees our two heroes, the central character Cato and his Centurion Macro, sent on a private mission to rescue the family of General Plautius. They have been captured by a group of outraged Druids who wish to trade them for a number of Druids held as POWs following the battle of Camulodunum.

The novel opens with the hapless pair at a banquet. Cato is being seduced by future warrior queen Boudicca. This I found a little bit incredulous. I know that Scarrow
Excellent entry in this series, which finds Macro and Cato going on a suicide mission to rescue the general's wife and children before they are burnt alive by the Druids. Joining them on the hunt are Boudica, whom Macro has had a fling with, and her betrothed, the immense Prasutagus. Are they the historical Boudica and Prasutagus? Probably. A convenient bit of poetic liscence, but this is historical fiction, these things happen.

Simon Scarrow's books about the Roman Legion are full of accurate de
Alasandra Alawine
This book is unbelievable and I am totally disgusted by the number of horses/mules killed.

General Plautius' wife and children are shipwrecked behind enemy lines and taken prisoner by a fanatical set of Druids of the Dark Moon. The Druids have issued an ultimatum free the Druid prisoners captured by the Romans are the General's family will be sacrificed to Cruach at the First Budding. Cato and Macro are sent behind enemy lines with Iceni guides Prasutagus and Boudica to rescue them.

After barely
Well, I did it again, started in the middle of a series, but fortunately, there are enough trackbacks within the book (but not too many) to make the story run smoothly and even make me want to read the earlier book(s)? You can start here and not be thinking “who – what?”

Simon Scarrow places himself firmly on the side of the invaders – that is, the Romans and the whole book is told from their point of view. To the point where you really start to believe the propaganda – they only wanted to bring
Ben Mcbride
The beginning of the book puts the reader into the perspective of a worried and dutiful centurion who is on a routine mission to transfer supplies across the English channel from Gaul to the Southern Coast of England. However, it is winter and the sea is choppy and storms are often occurring. There is even more to worry about with a special Human cargo on board the ship and trusted within the centurions care. The Wife and Children of the General Plautius, who we had met in the previous book of t ...more
Brian Turner
Another adventure for Centurion Macro and his Optio, Cato.
Bit of a slow start, but when the action starts then it moves along at a good pace.
Macro, the grizzled veteran and Cato the idealistic youngster make a good counterpoint to each other and let the author explain things by way of explanations to Cato.

Aided by some Iceni allies, they have to try and rescue a General's family from Druids. Ranging from scenes of the might of Rome in its ordered ranks to small, bloody skirmishes, this book has
Robin Carter

This series gets better with each new episode. Centurion Marco is one of the great's of historical-adventure-fiction- easily the equal of Sharpe, but with a great vein of humour thrown in. I'm extremely suprised that the author (Simon Scarrow) has never served in the British army as the "language" is highly authentic & most un-Roman. Macro is every corporal I've ever met! As an ex-squaddy I found huge parts of Roman military life uncannily similar to the modern bri
Apr 29, 2012 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction and Roman History fans
In the Macro/Cato series, this was a most enjoyable read.

Taking place in the bitter winter of AD 44, troops on both sides of the Roman conquest of Britain await spring so they can begin their campaigns. The native Britons are restless, though, and carry out guerilla raids on targets of opportunity.

The Roman commander, General Plautius discovers his family has been shipwrecked and captured by Druids. Macro and Cato volunteer to try to rescue the General's family before they are sacrificed.
The od
The Eagle-series just keeps getting better and better.

I kinda liked this smaller Cato & Macro adventure, some way away from the grand battles of large armies (well, the book included that to, of course) and it was nice getting some new characters involved that aren't Roman.
I almost thought that this book felt more fantasy-ish than history novel-ish, which was quite cool.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
The Scarrow brothers are good; Alex with his terrific thrillers, Simon with his rollicking Roman romps. This book is no exception - it's not a piece of pretentious writing aimed at winning some literary award - it's entertainment (which is, in the end, the sole purpose of ALL fiction). You don't have to have read the previous sorties into the military adventures of Ancient Rome, it's easy to enter into the word of Cato and Marco (the lead characters in the series) and just to read this story as ...more
Luka Novak
This is a departure from previous books. Family of general Plautius has been captured by fanatical druids, who demand Romans release their captured comrades in exchange. And guess who goes out to try to rescue them?

Before they embark on this near suicidal ission out heroes encounter Boudica, leader of future rebellion, which was funny inset.

It feels as if Scarrow tried to take a break from constantly writing about fighting and battles and opted for something different. Can't say I like it much.
-Cada vez más novela y menos Historia.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. La familia del general Plautio naufraga camino de encontrase con el patriarca en Britania y cae en manos de fuerzas hostiles a Roma, la logia de los druidas de la Luna Oscura. Además de enfrentarse a los grupos locales que tratan de detener el avance de las legiones, Cato y Macro se verán envueltos en el intento de rescate de los rehenes. Tercer libro de la serie de Quinto LicinioCato.

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You can't lose with a Simon Scarrow tale of derring do, and this is no exception, with some added Boudica.
Spencer Warner
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Chris Porter
Continues with the two intredid. I find myself rooting for the Romans instead of the Brits!
David Campton
"The tale's the thing" says Boudica at one point in this story, and Scarrow tells a rattlng good tale. This one is slightly more lightweight than it's two precedessors, shorne of political intrigue and the complex villain that contributed to the sub-text of them. This is a straightforward, boys-own historical thriller, and none the worse for that. Some of the anachronistic and frankly Anglo-Saxon dialogue is a little wearing, but I'm not sure what the Latin equivalent would be, and have no doubt ...more
Masen Production
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“Back to Fiction - Ancient Rome adventure. :) Simon Scarrow has a series of Books called the Eagle series, which involves the adventures of two centurions Macro & Cato. It is set in the times when Rome was ruled by emperors approx 40 AD. This is the second in the series of 6 or 7 books and as usual I am a avid reader of this fiction series. This particular series is set in Gaul (England conquest). Where Macro & Cato have to travel into deep druid territory (Dorset - Present
Rather predictable at all the majority turning points and junctions of the book and the story just wasn't as exciting as the previous two in the series.
Amusing the range of opinions about this book! Myself, I am in the "it is good" category. A rollicking, fun historical romp. I would re-read this at a later date, not something I do for every book.

Scarrow's approach to historical fiction is not my preferred, I like to read about history from the top down, from the viewpoint of the leaders. C. McCullough's series did just that, and for me, she is the leading historical fiction author. Having said that Scarrow is a more fun read. I would recommen
Another great piece to Scarrow's Eagle series. After the 'tried and tested' formula of the first two books, it seems that the story and structure start to take a slightly different turn. There's still plenty of battles but one part of the book had me thinking about the film The 13th Warrior. The political intrigue is also starting to shape up a lot more by this point (one of the weaker aspects of the earlier books).

All in all, a good adventure set in the times of the Roman invasion of Britain.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Eagle (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Under the Eagle (Eagle, #1)
  • The Eagle's Conquest (Eagle, #2)
  • The Eagle and the Wolves (Eagle, #4)
  • The Eagle's Prey (Eagle, #5)
  • The Eagle's Prophecy (Eagle, #6)
  • The Eagle in the Sand (Eagle, #7)
  • Centurion (Eagle, #8)
  • The Gladiator (Eagle, #9)
  • The Legion (Eagle, #10)
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