The Eagle's Vengeance: Empire VI Paperback
Part of the Empire series
'A master of the genre' The Times The Tungrian auxiliary cohorts return to Hadrian's Wall after their successful Dacian campaign, only to find Britannia in chaos.
The legions are overstretched, struggling to man the forts of the northern frontier in the face of increasing barbarian resistance. The Tungrians are the only soldiers who can be sent into the northern wastes, far beyond the long abandoned wall built by Antoninus, where a lost symbol of imperial power of the Sixth Victorious Legion is reputed to await them.
Protected by an impassable swamp and hidden in a fortress atop a high mountain, the eagle of the Sixth legion must be recovered if the legion is to survive. Marcus and his men must penetrate the heart of the enemy's strength, ghosting through a deadly wilderness patrolled by vicious huntresses before breaching the walls of the Fang, an all-but-impregnable fort, if they are to rescue the legion's venerated standard.
If successful their escape will be twice as perilous, with the might of a barbarian tribe at their heels.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 27/03/2014
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781444711929
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Review by DWWilkin
Though we seem to be in a rut for basic plot, there is an enemy who we will fight, here we see it twist and turn in the 6th outing to be a little different. Perhaps a too at device is used to give enough evidence (though without confessions signed and witnessed much seems supposition) to put an end to the plotter who targeted our hero from the first book. We do see that the usual subplot that the villain always has a man or team hunting our hero, or someone who can see through Marcus' attempt at disguise is not fully present. Though once again the villain at hand seems to know too much.If Riches could tighten up that subplot and eradicate it, which slicing off the head might do, then this book can rise. The fight scenes are excellent. The tactical combat wonderful, and some of the dialogue makes you chortle outloud.Yet the suspension of disbelief on whether our hero Marcus is known to live by the Preatorian Prefect, and is known to live by so many tasked with finding him that he as a declared traitor remains alive, always detracts. Conflict makes for good storytelling but this was too abused in prior books and still in this, causing a full 20% of the book to be the resolution, a disjunct part of the main story, but part of the 6 book sequence that should have had its own novel to finalize in Rome.