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Champion (Roman Arena #5)

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Everything Marcus Verius Pavo has learned is about to be tested in the Primus of the Roman Games: his most prestigious contest yet. He will face Britomaris - the man who killed his father - for the second time, as well as the feared German warrior Armerius. Surely he cannot outwit two opponents on his own? To make matters worse, the devious imperial secretary Narcissus has ...more
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Published June 20th 2013 by Headline Publishing Group
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Mr. Matt
Dec 10, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it liked it
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The Arena series at its heart is a prequel to Scarrow's fantastic Macro & Cato series. As a prequel developed after the later books, it is not quite as good as the Macro & Cato books but the Arena books are still enjoyable. (Side note: if you like Romans and historical fiction, do yourself a favor and read the Macro & Cato series. Lots of fun.)

In the final book of the Arena series, Pavo finally gets to confront his nemesis, Hermes. And this is where the problems begin. Narcissus has
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The final part of Simon Scarrow's Arena series of e-books, this wraps up the story of Marcus Verius Pavo and the pre-Cato (i.e. before Under the Eagle) Macro.

As before, it follows pretty much the same routine: the first half of the story dealing with Pavo's training for his Gladiatorial bout against the Gladiator who killed his father, and the final part of the story with that actual bout.

As such, it's an enjoyable enough diversion, with it also leading directly into Under The Eagle.
Mark Stone
Jun 23, 2014 Mark Stone rated it did not like it
Improbable, predictable plot. Poor characterization. Silly dialogue. Unrealistic action scenes. Yep, this last entry in the series had everything bad that preceded it and even more. I can't recall when I was this disappointed in something from a (once) reputable author. Total waste of time and money.
Barry
Aug 26, 2013 Barry rated it really liked it
The last of the Roman arena shorts. Pavo is freed and Macro returns to the Rhine as a centurion just in time to greet Cato and to begin the Eagle series.
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Jul 21, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
The climax we all expected from this 5 part series! Another great Scarrow story, and it flows nicely into the novel UNDER THE EAGLE
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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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