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First Sword (Roman Arena #3)

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The third novella in Simon Scarrow's ebook-exclusive Roman Arena series sees new gladiator Pavo face his toughest battle yet, mentored by ongoing soldier character Macro.

The Roman Games: a major festival, a celebration of Roman life, and Marcus Valerius Pavo's most gruelling test to date. His opponent, Selectus, has a terrifying reputation. Pavo must learn as much as he c
Published March 21st 2013 by Headline Publishing Group
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Mr. Matt
Dec 10, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it liked it
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After finishing book 6 of the Dresden files I was searching for something to read when I discovered that Simon Scarrow's latest had hit my kindle. Yeah! I was excited to get back into the world of Macro and Pavo. I liked it but I'm sad to say that it didn't grip me in the way that I had hoped for. It was, I think, the weakest of the Arena books. They are all short stories, but I wanted more. Long story short, Pavo and Macro survive a gladiator rebellion. I guess it did kind of set up the next st ...more
Robin Carter
Mar 21, 2013 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
Another splendid little story containing our fav soldier Macro, Pavo the aristocrat turned/ forced into service as a Gladiator is also becoming a fast fav. I find that Pavo can be a bit like a young cato, and that give me some nice nostalgic moments.
As usual we have Simons unique fast paced story, with great action and witty little scenes that have you laughing one min and wincing the next. Macro is the perfect irreverent hero, he is his own man and screw the world. I thought it a shame that cer
The third book in Simon Scarrow's Arena series of e-book exclusives, this (like the previous two) only consists of 9 chapters and so is a pretty short read.

Unlike the last entry, however, Macro plays more of a role in this story, which is set in and around the running of a lanista (Gladiator 'school') rather than in an Arena. Again, the culmination of the novel is a fight between two Gladiators: this time, though, they are fighting in the grounds of the lanista (one for survival, the other to es
Mark Stone
Jun 18, 2014 Mark Stone rated it it was ok
Slightly better written than the first two, this third installment is just as ludicrous for the most part and one part in particular is plain unbelievable. Don't be surprised if you see a very pale shadow of Spartacus shown on Starz. One line of dialogue was outright stolen.
Jun 08, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it liked it
Quite enjoyed it, but got irritated with careless proof reading. Enjoy the two main characters in these short stories
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Not Scarrows best work but still entertaining.
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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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