The Gladiator (Eagles of the Empire 9), Paperback Book

The Gladiator (Eagles of the Empire 9) Paperback

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IF YOU DON'T KNOW SIMON SCARROW, YOU DON'T KNOW ROME!THE GLADIATOR is the action-packed and compelling ninth novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Eagles of the Empire series.

A must read for fans of Bernard Cornwell. Praise for Simon Scarrow's historical novels: 'Gripping...ferocious and compelling' Daily ExpressAD 48.

The friendship between Roman Centurions Cato and Macro is rock solid.

Returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign, they are shipwrecked when an earthquake strikes the island of Crete.

Struggling ashore they discover panic, devastation and a slave revolt.

Led by a gladiator called Ajax, the slaves are driven by a bloodthirsty desire for revenge that renders them almost invincible.Taking control of the shaken men of the local garrison, Cato and Macro must save the province, before the rebellion can threaten the Empire itself...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, Maps
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Historical adventure
  • ISBN: 9780755327799

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OK, these books contain quite a lot of anachronistic language and fairly predictable plotlines, but they have tremendous pace and excitement. I have a soft spot for them.

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After success in the last book, and as this is a series, we do expect success by the end of the novel, it is time to make our way home to Rome and for the heroes to get their rewards. Macro and Cato have been stepping up and giving great needed service to Rome, and Claudius and they deserve accolades.Instead an earthquake and tidal wave beset them as they are near Crete. It throws the Island into turmoil, seriously hammering the infrastructure and forcing our two Centurions to step up once more. We see the continuing evolution of Cato as a leader and we also see that Macro, once the Master, now becoming the lieutenant. Something that we knew from book one was a possibility and long overdue. What comes as an unexpected and pleasant addition is that we have an enemy who we had left behind long ago, emerge. One that gives us plausible cause to believe he is not only present at the recovering Crete, but his actions will and do impact the story. In all, a very good book and nice to see Cato finally on his path instead of treading water. A definite reread when we have the entire series finished.