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Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead, and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived, and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy or to recover his legion's lost Eagle.

At first, fortune seems to be with the Romans. Germanicus, the general appointed to lead punitive campaigns against the tribes, is resourceful and courageous. His armies are vast, dwarfing those of the enemy, and the initial clashes are won by the legions. Yet Arminius is far from defeated. Charismatic and determined, he gathers together thousands of warriors for a second time. Their purpose is to visit death and destruction upon Rome's legions, to repeat what was done five years before. Stalking Germanicus' forces day and night, they watch and wait for the perfect moment to strike.

Can Tullus prevent another disaster? And will he ever recover his legion's Eagle?

©2016 Random House Audiobooks (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Too much of the same

It was a repeat of the last part of the trilogy; too much fighting and less about people than I would have liked.

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highly enjoyable

i made what I thought was a mistake by listening to the 3rd book first but when i realised the mistake and listened to the first 2 it actually made them more enjoyable. David's voice is hypnotic and very easy to listen to. I did even shed a few tears in a few places on both sides of the story.

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Another truly stunning book!

I thought I knew a good book. I thought I knew in depth, relatable characters. I thought I knew Roman books and what they did for me. Wow, this series has opened me eyes! Like a child being introduced to tomato sauce for the first time I am astounded and need more! Having read all of Simon Scarrow and Anthony Riches (if you haven’t may I highly recommend) I didn’t think anything could come close.

I was wrong.

This book, and the previous entry in the series, has made me more engaged and hanging on the truly perfect delivery of every narrated word like few others ever. My only disappointment as I go into the third instalment is the knowledge it will be the last book. Woh is me haha.

If I could rate it higher I would. Prepare yourself and set up a ‘do not disturb’ sign. This is epic!

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  • Aaron
  • 06-08-2016

Excellent historical fiction

One of the best historical fiction books that I have listened to. Characters were developed in depth and very believable. Performance was excellent.

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  • Mike
  • 14-12-2016

Only finished because of Rintoul's narration

Didn't realize that this was (seemingly) part of an ongoing saga... It finished without any real climax! I might have rated it higher if it did. Perhaps targeted at young males happy to hear repetitious expression of honor, shame and courage in battle.

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  • Aaron
  • 08-08-2016

Bad Ass

This book Gripped me from the first chapter. full of action and great characters. Ben Kane is almost as good an author as Giles Kristan. Highly recommend this book!

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  • 25-05-2021

not the first one

Technically wel written, but it misses soul. everyone thinks the same and has the same goal. less diverse and bluntly less interesting.

For example, Tubero, my favorite antagonist, becomes nothing more than a prop with two or three phrases.

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  • 08-05-2021

unpleasant narration

I have mixed feelings about this audiobook. its well written in parts. It starts out interesting, but towards the end, it devolves into the tedious description of one battle after another. The tone of the book changes into something that a frat boy could have written. I found the narration very uneven. The reader does a great job when he plays it straight and reads the story, but he constantly changes into other voices, of men yelling, screaming, of battle cries, of animals, birds, the sounds of arrows flying, of armor clanging. I found it all very distracting and intensely annoying.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-05-2021

Ave Caesar!

I you love historical fiction, this is a rare find! Vengeance for the Legions! Fantastic book!

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  • Matthew
  • 10-04-2021

Excellent follow up

Continues the excellent historical fiction saga. Love the action and the violence. I couldn’t help feeling Tullus is portrayed as slightly too perfect/virtuous for the time. Rintoul is one of the best narrators I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

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  • Paul Wright
  • 15-09-2020

The series is awesome, the narration is excellent.

What can I say. Just read it and decide for yourself. For me this was some of the best historical fiction that’s come my way in a long LONG time. It’s going to be a sad day when I finish these books and have nothing to look forward to until the next great story happens my way.

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  • Robert
  • 26-03-2020

Rome never forgets

I have read histories of this period and found them interesting but here Mr. Kane takes this history and makes it live. Here you will find well developed characters that you come to care for on both sides of the Rhine. Here is well portrayed battle and army life to fill in where the history books leave off.

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  • Donald Burston
  • 12-02-2019

Needs to be a movie

The whole series needs to be made into a movie I love these books. Three books three movies

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  • James
  • 25-04-2016

Heart thumping

Cannot predict each twist and turn! A very good book which built on the last!

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  • Carl Robinson
  • 24-05-2016

Ok but not his best

Didn't get into the book until half way through, first book in the series was far more engaging.

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  • Lorraine
  • 24-04-2016

A gripping second adventure in a memorable series

What did you like most about Hunting the Eagles?

The characters spring to life once more, eloquently voiced, from restrained emotions, to the full throated roar of battle. The author's understanding of his time, not pulling the punches of deprivation, depicting the agonies that created sworn enemies for Rome in a sensitive manner that provides an insight for the reader.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucius Comminius Tullus (who we met in Eagles at War). Demoted, frustrated, and feeling the pain of separation from his cohort and the guilt of surviving the rout of the legions in Germania. David Rintoul creates this complex personality so authentically, that the reader feels his pain, shares his sorrow and sympathises with his rebellious determination to clear his name. Despite all this, the reader must listen in awe as he stiffens to attention as the battle horns blare, & Tullus must assume command of his battle weary men once more!

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As a blind reader I find David Rintoul's rendition of Tullus completely convincing. He is the centurion, mildly rebellious in his determination to find out what has happened to his centuries Eagle, totally devoted to giving proper burial to his men and retrieve the good name of his cohort before clearing his own name. Pure grit, honest anger, yet clarity of command are portrayed with immense skill.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It reduced me to tears, left me feeling I had met an honorable man who had been treated dishonorably, which made me angry on his behalf. I also laughed when Tullus and his optio went to Rome against the ban imposed on them, becane truly anxious when he put his faith in Caesar Germanicus, as well as feeling frustrated when the book ended...

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next book in this wonderful series. I am a dedicated Simon Scarrow fan and didn't think I could find anything to equal his Eagles series, however this is very powerful competition, for which I am very grateful

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  • HB
  • 25-06-2018

Absolutely phenomenal

The book itself is beautifully written and David Rintoul does a fantastic job at bringing the story to life. I love all of Ben Kane's books so I wasn't surprised when this one turned out to be just as great as the others.

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  • Poppey
  • 22-02-2018

Outstanding

5 years on after the slaughter in the first book, brings a slight pause in the fighting. To learn that Tullus (although a fictional character, it does not detract from what happened to the surviving legionnaires) and his friends who survived the Tuetoberg massacre were banned from entering Rome again showed just how brutal the emperors and the system of that time were. Is it any surprise that the soldiers eventually sought to mutiny.

One can only imagine the fear that was experienced when the Romans heard the Germanic Barritus before the attacks as mindset plays a huge role in any big battle.

Ben Kane has managed to mix fact and fiction into an amazing trilogy, with neither compromising the other.

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  • Oliver
  • 12-09-2017

Another great book by Kane

Another great book in the 'eagles' series by Ben Kane. Can't wait to finish the trilogy

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  • david william priest
  • 16-02-2017

Great listen good read as well

Ben Kane really takes you into the action loved this book looking forward to next.

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  • Will
  • 30-08-2016

A must read

I did not particularly like the Lost Legion series as it became a little far fetched, but this series really made you feel the history. Very enjoyable.

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  • Dene.F.
  • 18-06-2016

A misleading headline.

I feel that the title is misleading. There was very little if any hunting of the lost eagles. Whilst the book was an enjoyable listen, it felt like it was just a place filler to stretch the series. It just did not seem to have a purpose in my eyes.

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  • Stephen J.
  • 01-10-2020

Brilliant

Another great book from Ben Kane
Definitely on a par with Simon Scarrow
One of my favourite authors

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