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Under the Eagle (Eagle #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  6,019 ratings  ·  256 reviews
It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.

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Paperback, 434 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Headline (first published January 1st 2000)
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"Simon Scarrow's Pulp Fiction-esque Roman adventure is a win for me and nil for the bores"

Simon Scarrow use to be on the Goodreads author, but apparently after some embarrassing comments by a well known member he removed his account. After confirming this with the author, it rather made me think, really some people need to step back from the keyboard! An opinion is one thing, stupid is something else.

The year is 42AD - what a boring opening! Never start off with dates, it'll kill interest fast
Zenny the Bear-face
Aug 03, 2012 Zenny the Bear-face rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
I bought the first three parts of Scarrow's series on my trip to Scotland, excited to finally stock up my book shelves, and I cannot tell you how disappointed and infuriated I am with the books. Not worth any amount of money, even the six pounds I spent on them in a second-hand bookshop.

After a hundred and fifty pages of the first book, I gave up. I usually try to give a book a chance, but if Under The Eagle gets better at a latter point, I'll never find out. My brain hurt every time a Roman off
Reading Simon Scarrow's initial volume of his Eagles series, Under the Eagle brought back happy memories of sitting in Ancient Civilizations university seminars and Latin tutorials. I loved studying all aspects of Roman life, society, politics, and history. If you are looking for an bird's eye view into the daily life of an ordinary Roman legionary during battle, on the march, or settling into camp, this book is for you. Additionally, this book will introduce you to the common theme of life and ...more
This is a compelling first novel in what has turned into a long-running series. Scarrow's aim is to deliver Sharpe-style military thrills and spills in the Roman era, and his books focused around a central pairing of interesting characters: the weedy and scholarly Cato, young and inexperienced, and the battle-scarred and squat Macro, an experienced soldier. I immediately liked Macro and he soon became my favourite character, a simple soldier just trying to do his job.

The novel is set in AD43 and
Goodreads just fucking ate my first copy of this review, which means this is gonna be a short one (I can just hear the masses crying "NO!") It was a short one anyways, as I usually don't have enough steam to bitch about books I didn't like for more than a couple paragraphs. I really had good expectations for this one, I wanted something shorter and more fast-paced than the usual tomes I've been reading lately and this seemed like a good one, even bearing a Cornwell endorsement on the cover...tho ...more

A very good start to the series. I enjoyed the style of writing which made it a quick and enjoyable overall. The two main characters were both interesting and I can see them growing more and more as the series continues and the friendship growing with each battle they enter into.

The plot isn't groundbreaking but allows for some great action such as the siege in the German village which was excellently done and allowed Cato to really shine and show his potential, especially with his bravery.
I started this book about 5 nights ago, and finished it last night. Wow, what a relief to get back to a really gripping book once again. Especially so after the disappointment that was 'The Taggerung' *smiling*. Jeez.

It's the 1st of the Eagle series, and although I've read others in this series, it's actually just as interesting (if not more-so) to go back and read how Macro first met Cato. There's still that gripping writing, storyline, and character depth to create intrigue, and slight humour.
I thought this historical fiction novel was a great. Set during the first century A.D. In the Roman empire, the writing was strong and the characters were terrific. Certainly going to look for the sequel.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
It is the year 42 AD, and Centurion Macro, battle-scarred and fearless, is in the heart of Germany with the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. Cato, a new recruit and the newly appointed second-in-command to Macro, will have more to prove than most. In a bloody skirmish with local tribes, Cato gets his first chance to prove that he’s more than a callow, privileged youth. As their next campaign takes them to a land of unparalleled barbarity – Britain – a special mission unfolds, thrus ...more
Jay Moon

In 42 AD Rome, Cato a former imperial slave joins the Second Legion. The toughest out of all of Rome. Not yet proven to be a real man, Cato struggles to adapt to the army life. Not so long later Cato proves himself to be a hero after saving his centurion, Marco in the savage battle against the Germans. Cato and Marco take on a secret mission to stop the rebellion of the Army. They prove themselves to be worthy soldiers of the Second Legion. The second legion joins the
Milo (Bane of Kings)
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“A gritty, realistic, page-turning experience that will lead the reader wanting more.” ~The Founding Fields

This is the first historical fiction book that I’ve read in a long time (excluding Bernard Cromwell’s Sharpe series), and I really enjoyed it, and if I’m being honest it’s not really the first time that I attempted to read it, as I picked it up and begun reading it a few months ago, only to put aside for some new releases that had come
Anna Matsuyama
At first I couldn’t decide to give two or three stars.
Maybe because of the praises others reviewers had given to this book I was disappointed to discover that it was average story. The characters are not remarkable, the plot is simple, little or almost no suspense, (I guessed who is spy and who traitor easy and early), Cato and Lavinia scenes reminded me of a big lipped alligator moment, it was quite pointless as if author thought he must involve some sort of romance.

It was historical bits and
First in what promises to be a very good series -- Roman legion under Emperor Claudius, first in Germany then Britain. I liked the interplay between the two protagonists; they complemented each other and the color the author added. Very gripping battle scenes. My only quibble was the anachronistic language as a whole -- along with the usual Anglo-Saxon expletives and a love story which seemed to be just put in as an afterthought. I wonder if the author's descriptions of Cato's days as a raw recr ...more
I am boggled at the hugely positive reviews of this "historical" fiction, and I don't put "historical" in quotes lightly. This is basically a Bat Durston story, to borrow a term from 50s and 60s SF - a genre story (typically a Western) which has been "re-genre-fied" with the trappings of SF. In this case, a "mean streets of [city]" novel has been tarted up with vaguely Roman names and plunked down into Roman-era Britain. Simon, honey, you ain't no Rosemary Sutcliff.
Jason Golomb
Simon Scarrow's "Under the Eagle" is the first in a terrific series of novels on the Roman Military. The series follows two soldiers - Macro and Cato - fighting under Vespasian in the mid-first Century AD.

"Under the Eagle's" action is terrific and Scarrow has done a very good job of making each battle sequence unique. It's perhaps the best in Scarrow's series, but I've found the second, "The Eagle's Conquest", equally as enjoyable.

The core components of the story consist of the introduction of t
In places, particularly the battle scenes, the book was interesting. To me the biggest flaw in the book was the dialogue. Much of it sounded like modern-day teenagers. Some of it was so bad it was like fingernails on a chalkboard. The dialogue was just too inauthentic. Mr. Scarrow did do well at weaving an interesting plot line so the reader isn't sure until the end which character is the antagonist.
Inês Beato
Cato, um jovem estudioso habituado à vida no palácio em Roma vê-se, de repente, alistado na Segunda Legião, a melhor do exército Romano.
Com os conhecimentos que possui em Roma, Cato é imediatamente elevado a optio do Centurião Macro, um cargo normalmente entregue a soldados mais velhos, com larga experiência no exército. Isso vai causar-lhe problemas no relacionamento com os restantes legionários, fazendo com que Cato tenha de fazer tudo por provar o seu verdadeiro valor.
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I really loved this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The one complaint that I saw when looking at other reviews that I can see bothering some people is that the language is sprinkled with English idioms; for some reason, this flaw didn't bother me though (maybe I've watched so many historical/period movies/TV Shows that I am used to any production of this genre having a cast with English accents if they can't reproduce authentic ones), especially as the obvious ones
This was a great book. If I was a dude, I would probably have given it a 4. I also listened to this on audible, and I was tempted to give it a 4 because the narrator was so great. But in the end I gave it a three for a few reasons. There was some language and terminology that didn't seem to fit in with the story. Also, with a lot of novels about roman armies, authors get wrapped up about the facts they have learned and put them in when they don't further the story. This did the same thing.

This w
After reading historic Roman fiction by Harry Sidebottom and being completely entranced by it, I figured that the next step would be one of our bestselling authors - Scarrow's books have always had brilliant reviews by our customers and I wanted to try for myself.

I loved it!

Macro and Cato are awesome characters - I especially love the brutality of Macro's wit and the way that we can watch Cato grow within the army before our very eyes. I found myself submerged right into the midsts of the Roman
Filled with anachronism and awkward at times, but the characters have heart and there is a story - however stretched. Popcorn of historic fiction.
Lucy Sisk

První díl série historických románů zaobírající se tématikou Říma, dobývání, společenskými zvyky a tradicemi. Vybrala jsem si román od Simona Scarrowa s názvem Pod znakem orla. Důvodem mi byla jiná kniha, a sice jiný díl (ano, opět to nebyl první, jak je u mě zvykem - a proto jsem se rozhodla ten "zlozvyk" změnit).

Pod znakem orla je první díl, který uvádí scénu do římského tábora v Gálii, kde jsou Římané ve válečné rozbroji s germánskými kmeny. Je jasné, ž
Tsvetelina Stambolova-Vasileva
Рим, 42 г. от н.е. Началото на управлението на император Клавдий. 17-годишният Катон, отгледан в императорския дворец син на бивш роб, получава свободата си срещу служба в армията. Момчето пристига във Втори легион с препоръчително писмо лично от Клавдий, което му урежда пост оптион в центурията на Макрон, но пък го прави идеална жертва в очите на останалите новобранци и обучаващите войници. Макрон също не е щастлив, но дава на момчето шанс и решава да го изпробва в потушаването на един бунт на ...more
If given the choice between being attacked by foul-smelling, weirdly-painted Germans, and being attacked by foul-smelling, weirdly-painted Celts, which would you choose? For Centurion Macro, it's rather obvious: the Germans! At least monitoring the Rhine doesn't involve crossing a temperamental sea and fighting on the edge of the world, where foggy bogs hide all manner of monsters and men. But the Emperor Claudius says, "Invade Britain!" and so it's off across the channel and into the slime. To ...more
Rachael Hewison
When I was younger and I was looking for a book to read I would look at my parents' book shelves and immediately ignore my dad's section. It was full of the typical men's novels; war, battles, romans, navy etc. That kind of book didn't interest me at all and I'd select one of my mum's- a nice chicklit or historical fiction.

The older I get the more I branch out into other genres. I never touched thrillers and crimes books until I gave one a chance and found actually they were very good. I felt th
Not a bad book, but obviously Mister Scarrow is a Brit from his unabashed use of the word "tosser" as invective from the mouths of Latin speaking Roman Legionaries. I know, I know, there isn't any difference between that and a writer from this side of the pond sticking some of our more colorful curses in the mouths characters. It just stands out and made me smile.

This was a good story about a young freedman (ex-slave) named Cato who was granted that freedom on agreement that he would serve in th
Scott Vout
This is the second Simon Scarrow book I have now read and I find that I am beginning to really enjoy this author.

This one is about the Roman Legions invading Briton. The two main characters, Macro and Cato are great. I really felt a connection with them. I had no trouble putting imagery to them in my mind as I read.

A story full of action and adventure, not too much background to set the world. Some quality kills per minute and enough intrigue to keep you guessing. Almost perfect.

My one pet peeve
While most of my reading material is either SciFi or Fantasy, I do enjoy some historical fiction as well. I have had this as a paperback for sometime but never started it. I recently got the Audiobook and breezed through it in 1 day.

There is a fair amount of information dumping at the start of the book - explaining how the legions work, about regulations and how camps work etc. It also seemed that some modern views on Army life may have crept in as well - but i am no historian and this is just m
Steven Hodgson
A fantastic book that I could not put down. I know very little about the roman empire, especially how a roman army is made up. Simon Scarrow allows the reader to learn about the army before delving into the action. Once I started reading this book I could not but it down and time flew by when I was reading the book. The book moves at a good pace which allows the reader to take everything in without bombarding them with too much. The action phase of the book is well written and allows the reader ...more
Scarrow's reverence for the Roman army prevails above all else in this somewhat formulaic fictionalizion of the second Roman invasion of mother England.

Whilst the plot moves at a steady pace and the contrasts between soldiers and the more politically inclined romans are well drawn, the characters lack curves and remain for the entirety of the story missing meat from their bones.
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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)
  • The Eagle's Conquest (Eagle, #2)
  • When the Eagle Hunts (Eagle, #3)
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  • The Eagle's Prey (Eagle, #5)
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  • The Eagle in the Sand (Eagle, #7)
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