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The Legion (Eagle #10)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  2,510 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
The bestselling author of CENTURION and THE GLADIATOR returns with another action-packed Roman adventure.

Trouble is brewing in Egypt. Rebel gladiator Ajax and his men have been posing as Roman soldiers and attacking naval bases, merchant vessels and villages. Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro have been charged with the task of tracking down the renegade warrior before the p
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by Headline Publishing (first published 2009)
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Mar 31, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so ends the concluding tale of The Gladiator & I have to say I really do quite enjoy these novels from time-to-time, you know what yer getting & yes its a comfort read.

The humour is spot-on, the characters realistic enough & ones that you can empathise with, the villians are sound - no melodramatics here & the storyline is plausible, laid out briefly at the start & then we're away with a Macro&Cato adventure. simple & it works!

A little about this one? Well you ha
Sep 07, 2014 Þorrbjórn rated it liked it
Scarrow by numbers, though mercifully free of any sieges for the first time in what feels like forever in the series!
Does exactly what it says on the tin. Ajax gets ever more annoying, not because of any character development, but because he conveniently manages to constantly find some highly contrived escape route out of a seemingly endpiece finale.
I would like to go into more detail about the book, story etc, but after so long reading books in the Eagle series, there's so relatively little to
Paul Bennett
Apr 14, 2014 Paul Bennett rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this excellent series, lo those many years ago, I was hoping it would continue and as it went on I kept hoping for more. Well this is the 10th one but the first one I have reviewed, so in a sense this is a review of ten books rolled into one. The author has done an admirable job of keeping the story fresh as the characters of Macro and Cato keep growing and they are called upon to perform in many different scenarios and locations in the Roman world during the reign o ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Olethros rated it liked it
-Dicen que, igual que las máquinas para hacer salchichas, las hay para hacer novelas.-

Género. Novela histórica (con muuuuuuucha ficción).

Lo que nos cuenta. Un viejo conocido de Cato y Macro se dedica ahora a rapiñar el comercio en el Nilo e incluso ataca el poder militar romano en la zona, en un momento en el que Nubia y el propio Egipto tienen la sensación de que podrían llevar a cabo movimientos en pro de sus intereses ya que Roma no parece estar en su mejor momento en el área. La pareja de of
Like the previous books in the Eagle Saga, Legion can be read as a standalone story. However, it will add more to the story context if the previous one has already been read.
This time Cato and Macro are chasing an rebellious slave throught the lands of Egypt. The formula is pretty much the same as before, as in the protagonists jump from one dire situation to another, always finding a way to reach their goals and averting some catastrophe for the Roman Empire.
The historical portions on the book
Oct 03, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
3 stars, I liked it ;)

A lower rating than the others in this series that I've read. Why? It wasn't a bad read, it even followed on from The Gladiator with Cato and Macro hunting down Ajax and his slave renegades. It was a fairly interesting read following our hero's and villian to Egypt, then through the swamps. It just lacked something that Scarrow captured in the characters and scenery of the other books. Plus, the story was - for me - slightly weaker.

Maybe I'm just getting harder to please *
John Thorpe
Jun 24, 2013 John Thorpe rated it it was ok
This is the first book by SS I have read, which I found, along with his Praetorian in a Chapters bargain bin. B. Cornwall's endorsement intrigued me. Yet I was soon disappointed. Predictable plot, uncomplicated main characters, few real twists or surprises. Bland writing. Occasional profanity, except no 'Jupiter's cock' just the usual F--- whatever. Repetitive blood and gore not very well done. Through it all I wondered, why do these guys spout dialogue like they were born and raised in the twen ...more
Gumble's Yard
Jan 15, 2017 Gumble's Yard rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
10th in series.

Reasonable read giving some perspective on Egypt and its once great power as well as landscape of costal mangrove swamps, desert and Nile surrounding fertility. At the book's end Narcissus summons them to Rome to counter the liberators which will hopefully give some focus back to the series which is drifting.
Jun 12, 2013 Clark rated it really liked it
The Legion is the tenth novel in Simon Scarrow's historical/military fiction series about two Roman soldiers, Macro and Cato, who have marched and fought across Britannia, Gaul and Rome's eastern provinces with the Roman legions. In this story -- a sequel to the previous novel, The Gladiator -- they are pursuing the remnants of rebel gladiator Ajax's army.

The journey leads them to the exotic (and now Roman) province of Egypt. The days of pharoahs and Ptolemies have passed into history, but the l
Dec 31, 2016 Tejas rated it liked it
Does what it says on the tin. Realised it is a series. May get the others. A comfort read with some wry humour.
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
This review is from: The Legion (Hardcover)
The Legion: A great milestone in the current series, it being the 10th of an excellent highly addictive and action packed series.
This book continues on from where Gladiator left off, with our heroes tasked with tracking down the ruthless ex-Slave and Ex-Gladiator Ajax. Fresh from his exploits in Crete, having failed to conquer the island, he has escaped to forment rebellion along the Nile.

I have been reading Simons books pretty much since day 1 of publi
John Salter
Oct 11, 2013 John Salter rated it it was amazing
Simon Scarrow has once again managed to produce yet another brilliant story involving Macro and Cato. In the sequel to The Gladiator our intrepid heroes are tasked with pursuing and destroying Ajax and his gladiator army who are posing as Roman soldiers and attacking settlements and ships in Egypt. These attacks are turning the locals against Rome and so must be dealt with as soon as possible and who better, than the two man army that is Cato and Macro!

The action starts as soon as you open the b
Oct 18, 2015 David rated it really liked it
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*Contains spoilers*

I really enjoy this series of books and this is another solid, if less spectacular instalment!
It is, as is customary, well researched and full of brilliantly described fight/battle scenes.

The dynamic between our 2 leading men has shifted and makes for a nice change, tho it feels like this could ultimately spell the beginning of the end for Macro, who now finds himself the junior of the two and not getting any younger, tho still proving to be tough as old boots, ( I truly hope
May 29, 2014 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aventuras, histórica
Aunque soy un autentico fan de esta saga de novelas reconozco que después de 4 o 5 libros sobre las peripecias de Cato y Macro en la Roma Imperial había empezado a cansarme un poco las tramas que se planteaban no porque dejaran de entretenerme sino porque sentía que los personajes no avanzaban más allá de ir escalando posiciones en la jerarquía militar. Esta sensación cambio a partir de la entrada en escena de Julia y como va a trastocar el mundo de Cato y en consecuencia de Macro (leed el sépti ...more
Rithun Regi
Feb 13, 2016 Rithun Regi rated it it was amazing
Men and women have been fascinated by the history of Eygpt thanks to the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Nile river and the other wonders this ancient civilization built. Simon Scarrow the author, true to his style has taken us back to the times when the Romans ruled Eygpt. He has helped me relive the tough weather and the kind of people you could have encountered in Eygpt. This book as all his other books in the Eagle Series revolves around the powerful Roman legions and their warfare. The characters ...more
Nov 29, 2011 D.w. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Book 10 in Cato and Macro's lives and it seems that we are not even half way through all that there needs to be said. We opened with Vespasian and the invasion of Britain. After meeting such an august individual back then, it would seem that we are destined to meet him again one day, and see his rise to the purple.

This is actually part of the arc began in book 9, The Gladiator. The villain there, Ajax, slipped away and now needs to be dealt with. Cato, still progressing in his development assume
Nathan Trachta
Apr 20, 2012 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it
Mr. Scarrow picked up the story from Gladiator by having Cato and Macro to Egypt track Ajax and his fellow survivors of the Cretan slave rebellion to Egypt. Having arrived in Egypt, Cato and Macro report their mission and are ordered to augment the 22nd Legion in preventing an invasion from Nubia.

As always Mr. Scarrow brings a lively story with excellent characters. Macro and Cato have come so far and we’re seeing their relationship where Cato is in command being cemented. Both of them seem more
The latest in Simon Scarrows Roman series of books (that initially all had the word 'Eagle' somewhere in the title), this follows on fromt he events of 'The Gladiator' and can be seen as concluding the plot line first began in 'Centurion'.

Unlike 'The Gladiator', however, I reckon it would be possible (maybe not advisable, but possible) to read this as stand-alone: although reference is made to previous events, they aren't quite as central to the story in this book as the events in 'Centurion' ar
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Sep 26, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it
I keep saying this, but, another fun read about our two teflon coated, invulnerable Roman heroes. The story, story? Cata, who only seven years earlier was a mere legionary recruit, now commands a small Roman army charged with defeating a Nubian invasion of the province of Egypt. Needless to say, he defeats the evil invaders, and, along the way, captures and kills (in single combat yet!) the evil rebel gladiator, who is attempting to ferment dissent amongst the Empire's slaves. tsk tsk. It is not ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it
You pretty much know what to expect when you pick up any one of the books in this excellent Simon Scarrow series and this one delivers. The story is well-researched and well-paced as is the norm. Two minor criticisms: firstly the book is too short - I read it easily in under 24 hours, if I'd have paid the full hardback price (£18.99), I would be pretty annoyed (thank heaven for Amazon); secondly one of the strongest aspects of the earlier books was the growing relationship between the two main c ...more
Jonathan Tomes
Aug 30, 2011 Jonathan Tomes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-fiction
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Luka Novak
This book starts where previous one, "The Gladiator" ended and continues story arc where our two heroes porsue Ajax. If the book would stick to this I'd rate it higher, but I think Scarrow went off the rails, so to speak, in having our heroes being caught up in Nubian invasion of Roman egypt.

The main problem with Scrarrow's portrait of Romans is that everybody except our two heroes (Ok, and Vespasian) is either idiot, arrogant fool, would-be traitor or just incompetent. This of course allow our
Jan 08, 2012 Philip rated it it was amazing
Simon Scarrow - The legion
Haven't quite finished this yet but has been a page turner, the best Simon Scarrow in a while which is saying a lot, the plot is a little predictable with the ever present Narcissus providing the machiavellian backdrop to the cities (Rome) political issues with macro and Cato thrust into the center of every single clash. But what really makes this book great for me is the descriptions of the Imperial palace, the coliseum and the temples, all of which bring up images of
Aug 17, 2011 Soteris rated it it was amazing
Macro and Cato return on the hunt for escaped Gadiator Ajax and as usual stir up a right old stinker with heir superiors in the process. Macro is one of my all time favourite characters ever and the unlikely friendship with Cato is so well done that this oddball pair balance each other out perfectly. This book only improves on his previous books in the series and lets face it, not many people can match Simon Scarrows knack for describing a Roman battle as well as the ones written out in the Legi ...more
Brody Thomson
Sep 18, 2012 Brody Thomson rated it really liked it
I loved this book!! it was a great read and makes me what to read more from this series. I read this book while traveling around Europe and it made the long train journeys exciting. it was action packed with loads fighting through out the whole story. The book is about Two Romans chasing a rebelling gladiator Ajax across the top of Egypt. and the struggles they go through in order to try and catch him and bring him to justice. Is a fun entertaining book to read and i would recommend it to anyone ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
Lots of gungho, rip snorting applied violence as our heroes hunt down the rebel slave leader across sea, mud and sand of Ancient Egypt - thought the end went a bit flat as the boy's are yet again left not getting their reward until they do just one more job for the Emperor's Secret Police Chief ...... I know it is a series but seriously there must have been a better way to move the story forward. I am left knowing where the story is going next but with a big chunk of - well, so what, why should ...more
Ryan Cutter
Mar 02, 2014 Ryan Cutter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rome
Very much enjoyed this one. I found a few of the 'reveals' slightly predictable, however they were subtle and not incredibly important to the stories development.
My major fear of this book was the interaction of the two main characters; it's revealed in the previous title that Cato is to be a promotion up from his partner and friend Macro. This development to me seemed flawed and would break down the dynamic, this was not the case and I found it very comforting that the author did not try and t
more like 3,5 stars. In fact I really hated main characters in this book of series. though in truth in this series i always like Narcissus or enemies of Rome. Ajax is one of my favourites here, a really controversial character, very human. and i don't understand why the author chose to make such a character to deal with him thus. well, this rating is all for Ajax and his men, but for them the book is too plain, the end rather predictable
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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 16 books)
  • Under the Eagle (Eagle, #1)
  • The Eagle's Conquest (Eagle, #2)
  • When the Eagle Hunts (Eagle, #3)
  • 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)
  • Praetorian (Eagle, #11)

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“The legion was raised by Mark Antony. He filled the ranks with men from Cleopatra’s army. When Antony was defeated by Octavian, the Twenty-Second was integrated into the rest of the army and has been stationed on the Nile since then. They’re a mix of Greeks and Egyptians from the Nile cities.” 0 likes
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