Eagle in the Snow, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A novel about General Maximus, one of the inspirations behind Ridley Scott's massively successful film GLADIATOR. 'Behind me I left my youth, my middle age, my wife and my happiness.

I was a general now and I had only defeat or victory to look forward to.

There was no middle way any longer, and I did not care.' In the year AD 406 Rome was on the defensive everywhere, and a single Roman legion stood desperate guard on the Empire's Rhine frontier.

Maximus, the legion's commander, is urged to proclaim himself emperor, but he stands by his concept of duty and holds the frontier for longer than seems possible.

Then chance plays a cruel trick.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781842125199



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"Eagle in the Snow" by Wallace Breem brings to vivid life the final surreal days of the 20th legion and their fateful last stand against the invaders of Rome in Gaul. Mr. Breem's ability to portray the bitterness, hardship and helplessness of a major historical event and the real and not-so-real people who took part is tantamount to a majestic dolour. There was a point during the final stand as comrades and friends were being cut down like so much wheat that I almost began to sob. A definite must read for those who enjoy their historical fiction with exceptionally accuracy, emotion and action.

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If you like military history, you will like this. If you like Roman history, you will like this. If you are more interested in historical characters, in their psychology and personality, this might not be your historical novel. Too much military strategy and description of battles for my taste.