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The Eagle's Conquest (Eagle #2)

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When Centurion Macro and his young subordinate, Optio Cato arrive on the shores of Britain to take part in the Emperor Claudius' invasion in AD 43, Macro knows the desperately outnumbered Roman army will be facing one of the toughest campaigns ever. Meanwhile, a sinister organization is secretly betraying the brave men of the legions. When assassination rumors coincide wit ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2001)
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Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fic
I really, really enjoyed this second book in the Eagle series. Simon Scarrow writes very well and both his story and his characters come to life. I'm very happy I gave this series a chance and am hopng the rest of the series is just as good.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Legions brought a chainsaw to a sword fight"

Someone asked me how could I like Simon Scarrow's novel so much when I know that it's not historical accurate - that I should be put off by the swearing in his novels. That's exactly the point why I'm such a fan of Scarrow's Eagles series. He doesn't romanticize war or politics. The author doesn't pretend to be historically accurate (unlike some authors - when there really not!). The reality is that history can be as dry as the papyrus it was wr

This was a similar outing to the first novel in the series with the relationship growing stronger between Cato and Macro, the treachery growing stronger within the political ranks and a good number of well described battle sequences.

There wasn't much wrong with this novel other than the bits seemed to plod between the battles. It was slow to get going but when things kicked off it got going. The dialogue was also the same as the first which could be seen as a bit trashy but I quite enjoyed t
Rui Gel
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continua a saga, maravilhosa, da águia. Transportando-nos para um ambiente mágico e tenebroso, em que, por vezes, se torna difícil de imaginar como seria a vida nesse passado remoto. História, bem esgalhada, com um bom equilíbrio entre a ação e a narrativa. Venha o próximo. Obrigado Simon.
What strikes me most about this book, and to a certain extent the previous book in the series too, is just how different it is to the author's non-Roman period fiction.

For someone who is routinely trotted out as one of the best authors of Roman fiction, it surprises me just how bland and un-engaging a novel Scarrow puts out.

For a little context, the first of Scarrow's book that I read was Sword and Scimitar set around the sixteenth century siege of Malta. It was ripe with betrayal, battle, blood
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is great. It clearly does lack the pondering depth of certain other authors (such as Steven Saylor) but if you're in the mood for a fun romp, look no further. This series in general is one I'd equate to Hollywood action films; very easy to digest, lots of action, punchy, lively, succinct with a tight overall structure, whilst also scraping by on enough historical depth to remain interesting and immersive. It never questions things too deeply and the result it a fun slice of fiction.

¿ Qué os puedo decir de este libro ? Lo resumiré en una palabra :MARAVILLOSO.

Este tomo comienza con el optio protagonista todavía en la zona de Britania con las legiones junto a su centurión Macro que se preparan para invadir la isla y convertirla como no puede ser de otra manera en una provincia romana . Esto no es spoiler es que la historia oficial fue así . Sobre todo me gusto porque vi como mi amado Cato evoluciona y madura a su tiempo porque a pesar de que es un soldado ya algo más experim
As a follow-on from Scarrow's first book, UNDER THE EAGLE, which I greatly enjoyed, I found THE EAGLE'S CONQUEST something of a letdown. I put it down to the old "curse of the second novel", whereby it appears that Scarrow found this very difficult to write and that somehow transmutes into it being something of a chore to read.

It's really odd, but there's something about this novel that I didn't like, and I can't quite put my finger on it. It's certainly an easy read, and action packed, chock fu
Luka Novak
The conquest of Britain continues. Book picks up where previous one left us with most of characters present. Book nicely shows how Cato is adjusting to ilitary life, how he is learning to operate and how his relationship with Macro is evolving.

We are treated to few fast paced battles with "down and dirty" fighting scenes but we also see glimpses of military life outside pitched battles.

However Scarrow makes few mistakes in such descriptions. For one contrary to popular belief roman warships were
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was even better than Simon Scarrow's first book - and that's some achievement!
This time around Cato and Macro are ranged against the Britons, desperately defending their homeland in a series of pitched battles. The battle scenes are something else and carry the reader right into the heart of the bloody conflict so that somehow the author manages to make you see, hear, smell and feel the terrified combatants.

The characters are wonderful creations and smack of real living and breathing people
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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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