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Arena (Roman Arena #1-5)

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Ancient Rome provides the setting for the gripping story of the champion gladiator Pavo, trained to kill, and a pawn in the games of the powerful and ambitious.

Pavo's journey begins when he encounters the Roman soldier Macro, who has been charged with his training. Bonds of friendship develop between the two men, both aware that their fates depend not only on Pavo's skills
Hardcover, UK, 448 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Headline (first published May 15th 2013)
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Milo (BOK)
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“An awesome read that fans of Simon Scarrow’s previous works and the movie Gladiator should enjoy - Arena reminds readers why Simon Scarrow is right up there with the likes of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell for the best writers of historical fiction. This is a great read.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Ancient Rome provides the setting for the gripping story of the champion gladiator Pavo, trained to kill, and a pawn in the games of
Nov 09, 2013 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
c2013: FWFTB: Macro, secretary, avenge, nemesis, survival. Having had a bit of a bad run of DNFs, I went back to a favourite writer. Dash! I struggled to finish this one and have to say that I don't think that this is one of the author's best. There was something missing - perhaps the banter that normally lightens up Scarrow's stories or perhaps it just went over my head in this book. The first couple of chapters really reminded me of the latest TV show about Spartacus - including the gladiator ...more
you ness
Jun 15, 2015 you ness rated it liked it
المكان: روما

الزمان: ابان نهاية عهد الطاغية كاليغولا الهالك على يد حراسه، و بداية عهد الفوضى و الاضطراب و محاولات لاعادة روما الى عهد الجمهورية، تنتهي هذه المساعي بتقلد عمه كلاوديوس مقاليد الحكم و بداية العودة الاستقرار.

لكن كما هو معلوم في السياسة، لتحقيق الاستقرار يجب القضاء على اعداء الداخل و الخارج و السيطرة على الشعب. العدو الخارجي مقاتل بربري يهدد رفعة روما و الخطر الداخلي ابن احد كبار قادة الجيش الروماني الذي دفع ابوه ثمن دفاعه عن الديمقراطية والتنظير للجمهورية. و لتحقيق هذه المطالب الثلاث
Jan 04, 2014 Kenny rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of Simon Scarrow's Roman novels - this is actually a collection of five short stories (up to 100 pages) all together around the (over?)familiar theme of the deposed nobleman sentenced to fight as a Gladiator (so far so Spartacus, although our hero is a Roman). This has the added fun of bringing in Macro from his main series (with some fun nods to the introductions or fates of other characters in his world). That said, there's bugger all in the way of character development, but the ...more
Bill Ward
Dec 15, 2013 Bill Ward rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Now that I have read all of the Macro and Cato books I have a good idea what to expect from A Simon Scarrow novel and I was not disappointed! This story is set in the days before Cato has joined Macro and he has a new young disgraced soldier - Pavo to train as a gladiator.
Once started, I find these books very difficult to put down, which means I become very unsociable and read this in about 2 days.
Although I am no expert on Roman history I always get a great sense of what it was like to live in
Tyler Cowart
Oct 10, 2015 Tyler Cowart rated it did not like it
Seriously obnoxious. Main characters whined over and over about the same thing. There was no character or plot progression throughout the entire book. Protagonist fights some person/thing in the arena hoping to escape his situation and (surprise surprise) doesn't. Then he get roped into another scheme with the promise of freedom, whines about it, wins, and doesn't get what he was promised. Not worth the time.
Mar 19, 2015 Þorrbjórn rated it liked it
As Scarrow books go, this is alright. Maybe the addition of the extra author served to actually make it a little less dull than his books have a tendency to be.
It occasionally falls into repetition and slightly convenient parts but for the most part, it's okay.
Paul Maxson
Dec 04, 2013 Paul Maxson rated it it was ok
I was not a fan of this book at all. The Roman era is one of my favorites but this book was 100% predictable. Every twist was very telegraphed and if it wasn't for the gruesome fight scenes I could have sworn it was a children's book.
There was a bit too much telling when it came to Macro's opinion of Pavo and the author seemed to like the word 'bowels' a bit too much, but this was a fun read. Nothing special or new, just kinda fun :)
Samantha Peters
Sep 17, 2015 Samantha Peters rated it liked it
Set in 41AD, this is a story set in Imperial Rome. It is an entertaining tale about centurions and gladiators rich in blood, terror, and political machinations.
Aug 19, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for the faint hearted, this novel can become gruesome and gory as Pavo's limits are tested in the arena.
During the book I absolutely LOVED Macro's character...his sass was amazing...
David Campton
A prequel to the Macro/Cato stories, but not as good. Betrays its origins as a series of e-novellas stitched together
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Mar 16, 2016 Jorge Carvalho rated it it was ok
I'm happy I've finished it, because it is ... so boring.
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Fastpaced and entertaining read but somewhat repetitive.
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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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“You cannot teach a man how to forget fear. It is a rare quality” 7 likes
“A gladiator only gets to use a real sword when he fights in the arena, since no Roman worth his salt trusts a gladiator with a real sword in the ludus. You have that ungrateful wretch Spartacus to thank for that.” 0 likes
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