The Gladiator Paperback
Part of the Eagles of the Empire series
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. While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave.
They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town.
An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands.
In the chaotic aftermath, large bands of the island's slaves begin to revolt and local bandits, taking advantage of the slave rebellion, urge the Cretans to overthrow the Roman administration.
With many of the island's troops either killed or wounded during the earthquake, the governor of the province calls on Macro and Cato for help.
Can they move swiftly enough to counter the rebellion before it sweeps the Romans from the island?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, Maps
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 05/12/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780755327799
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Review by gbsallery
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.
Review by DWWilkin
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.