The second novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Roman series.
When Centurion Macro arrives on British soil as one of Emperor Claudius's invasion force in 43 AD, he is facing one of the toughest campaigns of his battle-scarred career. In a series of bloody skirmishes, Macro and his young subordinate, Optio Cato, and the desperately outnumbered Roman army must find and defeat the enemy before he grows strong enough to overwhelm the legions. But the Britons are not the only foe facing Macro and Cato.
A sinister organisation opposed to the Emperor is secretly betraying the invaders. And when rumours of an assassination attempt coincide with the Emperor's arrival on British soil, the soldiers realise they are up against a force more ruthless than their acknowledged enemy....
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I am enjoying these Roman era books but I think the author should look at how communications would have occurred particularly between the Romans and the tribes of Britain ( i guess Celts at that time) doubt that the natives spoke latin . Other than this I enjoyed the licence that the author took lookink forward to the next in the series.
Peter T. L.
Yes in a years time; you miss pieces while driving
Carto - lead charactor
listen to another in the same series so no difference
in a Roman army
"Solid Sword and Sandals Story"
This really is an entertaining series. Not exactly haute literature, but the writing is solid and the stories draw you in. As always, Simon Scarrow is perfectly matched to this series.
Give this one a try if you’re into this genre. You won’t be disappointed.
Simon Scarrow has created two characters who go together extremely well despite their differences. This book continues to follow their exploits in Britain and includes some minor engagements and a significant climactic battle with a genuinely exciting ending.
The combination of the well-rounded characters, Scarrow's detailed knowledge of his subject area and David Thorpe's excellent narration make this a genuinely compelling package that I would recommend to anyone interested in the genre though the books are probably better read in order.
The weakness still, as I write, is that this series has gaps in it on Audible that remain unplugged for whatever reason so have to be sought in other formats.
"I'm really enjoying this series!"
the characters are constantly evolving and it sticks as closely as possible to historical records so makes it more believable! recommended!
"Easy reading and an enjoyable story."
Thoroughly enjoyable performance by David Thorpe particularly of a stuttering Claudius, well written light novel.
Having read the book I was very curious to listen to the audiobook. I was not disappointed. Brilliant just brilliant.
Held my attention, so a good story. Good read for thoughts who like history. I recommend this book in the series.
I like the descriptions of the people and the situations, it is as if you were there experiencing it yourself.
I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the Roman era.
loved this book, the second story of the two likeable Romans.
The next installment will be downloaded as soon as possible.
It's a great story will buy the rest of the series as soon as possible
"Very good narrator makes the story live"
Excellent narrator really makes the story live good story but little predictable but it's definitely worth a listen
"A sequel that matches the first book"
I really enjoyed the first book of the Macro and Cato series of books by Simon Scarrow. I purchased the first three books via an Audible offer so I quickly started the second book.
The conquest of Britain continues. Plots started in the first book are continued into this book and some even have a conclusion.
This book is very similar to the first book. Cato is still learning and finding his feet, while Macro is still the gruff centurion. The book has some minor skirmishes before the main battle scenes at the end of the book. The emperor turns up to take command of the battle, and the author gives a believable description of what can go wrong when people in power think they know better.
As this is a spoiler free review, I will not mention the ending, but it was gripping reading even if you knew how it was going to end.
This leads onto the problem with established series - you know that the main characters will survive (how else can they appear in future books). This does take a little away from some elements of this story. That being said, there is nothing written in stone for the supporting characters and some come a nasty end.
The book ends with the legion still in Britain talking about future campaigns, so I would assume the next book will be in Britain as well.
Audiobook: The audio was well executed just like the first book. David Thorpe returns as the Narrator and gives a sterling performance. Some of the comments seem to be a little 'modern', given in a modern British army accent.
There will be a weeks break before I start the third book in the series.
"Good but similar to the others in the series"
I've a few of these now (not necessarily in the correct order) and although they are enjoyable they do tend to have common elements in the story so they are getting a bit "samey".
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