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Challenger (Roman Arena #2)

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The second ebook-exclusive novella in Simon Scarrow's Roman Arena series, following novice gladiator Pavo's next gruelling test, which will put mentor Macro's loyalties on the line.

Rome under the rule of the ruthless new Emperor Claudius is a dangerous place. Condemned to gladiator school Marcus Valerius Pavo, the son of a treasonous general, is a celebrated hero following
Published December 27th 2012 by Headline Publishing Group
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Robin Carter
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I quite like these new novella's, the fact that they allow Simon to release some work regularly for those fans of his work.
I did think the description of this one to be a little misleading; Macro is not in this one anywhere near as much as part one, something i would expect in a full novel, but the novella's are (as far as im aware a prequel about Macro's early career). The description leads me to think the book is a Macro book, but in reality its a Pavo book.
Now that gripe aside, Pavo is an exc
Mr. Matt
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-roman, 2013
Very much enjoyed the second book in the Arena series. In this volume Pavo once again fights for his life and the lives of others. Although I enjoyed the action, the writing and the characters, I felt that the twists were a bit too much towards the end. It stretched my willingness to believe. That being said, another great booklet by Simon Scarrow and I already ordered the next one!
Mark Stone
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Good golly, if I could rate this book a minus score, I would. Hard as this is to believe, it's even worse than the first book in this series. Dialogue continues to be woefully inappropriate (wrong) for the time period. The gladiatorial training and dietary resources are ludicrous. This perception brought on by the series Spartacus that gladiators ate slop for the most part is terribly inaccurate and Scarrow should have known better. That he didn't showed he's lazy in his research. Gladiators wer ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
The second novella in Simon Scarrow's 'Arena' series of books, this picks up almost directly after the events of the first.

It also follows pretty much the same pattern as before, with Pavo (who, despite the impression given by the blurb, is the main character rather than Macro) training for another bout in the Roman Arena, while political machinations go on in the background, and with the final chapter concerned with that bout alone.
Chris Allen
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read, it would have been nice if there was some time spent in the two gladiators training to show some character building and to get a feel of the improvement they would have gone through. But still a really good book.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoy this series of novellas
Macro hardly appears in this book, mainly about Parvo.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Second novella in the Roman Arena series. I enjoy the interaction between Macro and the powers that be and with Pavo. Really instructive concerning the Roman infrastructure.
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again great story and I'm looking forward to reading the next ebook
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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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