Under the Eagle Paperback
Part of the Eagles of the Empire series
UNDER THE EAGLE is the gripping first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling EAGLES OF THE EMPIRE series.
A must read for fans of Bernard Cornwell. It is AD 42, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army.
If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them.
As second-in-command to Macro, the fearless, battle-scarred centurion who leads them, Cato has more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead.
Then the men discover that the army's next campaign will take them to a land of unparalleled barbarity - Britain.
After the long march west, Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy that threatens to topple the Emperor himself...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages, Maps
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 07/08/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755349708
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Review by Zare
Interesting crime story set into the period when Romans (under emperor Claudius) are preparing for second invasion of British Isles.We follow Cato, intellectual of sorts, from the time he enters the Second Legion, becomes sergeant under centurion Macro and finally ends up involved into court machinations and plots.Interesting read, very fast-paced action but nevertheless it is obvious this one is intended to be the first in series of books – ending is somewhat undefined.Recommended.
Review by turtlesleap
A well-researched look at Roman military operations during the invasion of Britain in the First Century. Scarrow has done a very effective job of painting a realistic picture of warfare as it might have been fought in this time and place, and spiced the package liberally with political intrigue. His character development is uneven, although when it is good, it is very good indeed. The ending is inconclusive and unsatisfying; probably intended to be a precursor to a sequel. Solid entertainment though.
Review by nicky_too
This is a page turner.Granted, Simon Scarrow is not the best writer in the world, but he's definitely good enough. His writing is entertaining, he is great in coming up with good intriges and tells a good tale. What he is really good at is creating characters. When I read this book I could almost touch Macro and Cato. Wonderfully done and they also develop as the story goes on. A true pleasure to read.I like the fact that Simon Scarrow know so much about the Romans and their army/battles. He mixes fiction with history and comes up with quite an interesting mix. It reads like a novel (which of course it is), but you learn something at the same time.Where I used to find Romans incredibly boring, I am now enjoing reading about them and I'm seriously thinking about buying the entire Eagle series.I like the style of the book as well. It's straight and to the point. A real no nonsense approach. As I said in the beginning, it's a page turner. You can't really go wrong with this.