Book cover: When Centurion Lucius Cornelius Macro arrives on the shores of Britain as part of the Emperor Claudius’s invasion in the simmer of AD 43, he knows is facing one of the toughest campaigns of hi long, battle-scarred career. But nothing could have prepared him for the ferocious brutality and tenacious bravery of the British warriors.
In a series of bloody battles, under the eagle of the Second Legion, Macro and his young subordinate, Optic Cato, and the desperately outnumbered Roman army must find and defeat the enemy before he can grow young enough to overwhelm the legions.
But the Britons are not the only danger facing Macro and Cato. An enemy far more ruthless than their acknowledged foe is plotting against them. As Claudius’s glorious victory looks set to turn to disaster, they know they must act quickly. But time is running out…
‘A thoroughly enjoyable read… The engrossing storyline is full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love and death. More, please !’ ELIZABETH CHADWICK
‘Everyone had been raving about the film Gladiator, but Cato’s story is its equal in bloody cut and thrust and has the bonus of conspiracy and intriguq to give it extra flavour’ NORTHERN ECHO
I really enjoyed ‘Under the Eagle’ so seized my first copy of this off a bargain bookshelf directly after it was placed there, here’s a review, below, I wrote in 2009. Sounds as if I felt there was too many battle scenes for me. I’m laughing too as despite my posed questions to myself would I read more in the series and would I search out more tee hee – actually - yes I have and I really enjoyed them!
Sigh… had to wade through loads of fighting scenes to find the mystery and suspense bits and a tense rescue at the end which ended up being unexpectedly tragic for this reader. So… a cast list of, all the Roman army in Britain, some elephants who were dealt with very distressingly, the many male native Britain’s fighting the Romans, some of the Roman court transplanted temporally to Britain for a great victory and… two women! Will I pick up another of this series, perhaps? Will I go searching them out, well actually no!
Tricky to write what I really thought without spraying spoilers around but for goodness sake, there were 434 pages here and I think only about 100 of them followed the intrigue plot lines. I wish considerably more of them had. Instead it feels like the intrigues are the excuse around which the author has had the fun of fleshing out the story of the Romans and a few of their battles in Britain.
Forgot to mention there's an intriguing looking circular stamp on the first page of this book. I found the book in Edinburgh,but this looks like the Greek alphabet...maybe?
Released 2 yrs ago (9/15/2012 UTC) at Montgomery Street Park in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom
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