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Publisher's Summary

It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire.

When young Telemachus gets the chance to join the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he's delighted to escape the rough streets of Piraeus. He knows little of the dangers of life at sea. And even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board when a pirate ship appears on the horizon....

The fight is bloody, but the result is never in doubt. Then the victorious pirate chief, Bulla, offers the beaten men a cruel choice: join us, or die. After surviving a brutal initiation rite, Telemachus impresses his new captain with his resourcefulness and strength and swiftly rises through the pirate ranks. But dangerous rivals talk of mutiny and murder. While Prefect Canis, notorious commander of the imperial fleet, will stop at nothing to take control of the Adriaticum from the pirate brotherhood. 

Could Telemachus be the man to lead the pirate brotherhood and challenge Rome?

Pirata is also available in five ebook novella parts.
 

©2019 Simon Scarrow (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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an older lead character would've been better

as much as i enjoyed the story..i just couldn't get my head around the 16 year old street kid becoming a pirate captain and getting the other captains to follow him in just a few months. just a bit too unreal. maybe a trilogy following his life and rise through the ranks would've suited better and made this a whole lot better. And the mention of his brother every other sentence was way too much...we got the gist of that pretty quickly so there was no need to fill in gaps with his brothers story. this story just reeked of a 16 year okd boy in his bedroom writting out his fantasy.

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  • Al
  • 24-07-2020

Love Simon Scarrow. Hate this book.

Read well. Story so annoying. SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 17 year old street rat in charge of a pirate fleet after 3-6months at sea. Besting grizzled Roman veterans in one on one combat repeatedly. Had to stop. Couldn’t take it anymore.

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Formulaic...

Not the usual standard I'm used to from a Simon Scarrow book. The characters were somewhat shallow, and the plot far too predictable. Mildly entertaining if you have nothing else to do, but a classic hero's journey with big signposts along the way as to what is coming next. Spoilers following, so stop reading now if you don't want to know. The major villain is 'determined to eliminate the pirates' because reasons, or more accurately based on a couple of short unconvincing exchanges with our hero that he parrots throughout the book. The minor villains are obvious and reflect characters in Scarrow's previous work. Nasty pirate number 1 is overcome, but then is quickly replaced by nasty pirate number 2. Perhaps Jonathan Keeble's (great) narration makes this even more evident for those who've listened to him perform previous Simon Scarrow books... The premise of a 17 year old becoming the leader of a pirate gang, then subsequently a 'pirate king' are absolutely laughable. The authors do address this in a couple of places, but it is brushed over and too superficial. The idea would have been stronger with development of the character over a period of years rather than months. As an ex-sailor, it was never far from my mind that our hero is a teenager that was living on the streets a few months prior to taking on marines, Optio's and various other villains with ease, while commanding dozens or hundreds of men much older and more experience than him. Not at all realistic. Scarrow was able to pull it off with Cato...but not this time. There were just a few too many holes in the plot for me. Others may disagree ;)

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Cracking Good Treasure!

Fantastic, gripping story with excellent narration! I was looking for a pirate sea story and very happy I settled with this one.

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  • CT
  • 02-08-2019

Moral Quandry

Should Pirates be treated as heroes for a story ? While I have always enjoyed Simon Scarrows stories never missing one, I find using Pirates with very twisted senses of morals as 'Heroes' a quandary. The Roman soldiers who are depicted in this are m.j mediocre at best and lack the well known tactics and discipline depicted in earlier stories. It's a shame but I do not think I will continue with this series. I hope Mr Scarrow returns to what he does best.

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  • A. Watson
  • 08-02-2020

Very good can not wait for next

Very good story liked the people cannot wait for next book well narrated by Jonathan keeble

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  • Toby
  • 20-01-2020

Masterful performance, solid tale

Jonathan Keeble could bring anything to life, but doesn't have to work too hard with this one. The setting and structure of the story is enjoyable and feeds the imagination, and generally quite a good fun read, if the dialogue is a bit one dimensional and the lead character a bit uninspiring, but amazingly lands on his feet.

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  • Street
  • 11-11-2019

Nice easy listening.

OK so it's a bit boys own but nice easy listening and the narration by JK is, as usual, excellent.

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  • Ian Brown
  • 23-07-2019

I really wanted to like this almost prequel tie-in to The Eagles Prophecy.

Keeble, as always, awesome. The story, where to start? It feels like Scarrow, but if also feels plastic. I expected so much more from this, it feels flat and a bit empty, some of the characters are quirky, but I feel that is down to Keeble on the format. I expected more colour and I got sepia. I will follow the short stories, but only thanks to the exchange function available on audible. Kind of disappointed.

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  • John G
  • 22-07-2019

Great story but...

As ever Simon delivers a great story and the narration is excellent. However given that the chief protagonist is a pirate with all the inhuman nastiness that involves, I constantly had to suppress the lack of sympathy for his ‘plight’ and regularly didn’t agree with the general intimation that the Roman’s were the ‘bad guys’.

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  • Sean
  • 20-07-2019

Very disappointing

I'm a big fan of Simon Scarrow and I'd pre ordered this. I just couldn't at any level or at any point in the story empathise with the main character, who's a pirate running round kidnapping killing and torturing people. Yes, Macro and Cato do that too, but they're soldiers doing their job in violent times so you're on their side. This guy's just a thief and I wanted him to get caught. I wouldn't buy a sequel to this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-2020

Pirates

Fabulous and very entertaining, webs and weaves in every way on land and sea, can't wait for the next one

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  • Simon
  • 01-09-2020

Not as good as the Macro and Cato stories

A little ridiculous; a 17 yr old becoming a captain and leader of all the pirates within 5 minutes of arriving as a deck hand is too unbelievable - his attitude would have just got him murdered! He also seems to be able to kill Roman Legionaries and Optios too easily. The whole story is rushed and it is hard to support or empathise with pirates.

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