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The Eagle's Prophecy

Eagles of the Empire, Book 6
Narrated by: Russell Boulter
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 6
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

If you don't know Simon Scarrow, you don't know Rome!

The Eagle's Prophecy is the powerful sixth novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

The Adriatic Sea, AD 45. Cato and Macro, centurions of the Roman army, are horrified to learn that they face possible execution after the death of their commanding officer. Fortunately, the Emperor's secretary is willing to offer them an alternative: to join the marines and hunt down a band of brutal pirates who are decimating not only Rome's reputation, but also a critical supply chain.

As they discover the true horror of battle at sea, Macro and Cato must also remember their real mission: to recover from those pirates a set of scrolls that hold secrets vital to the future of the Roman Empire. Rome will do anything to get them back....

©2005 Simon Scarrow (P)2012 Headline Digital

Critic Reviews

"It's Spartacus meets Master and Commander in this rip-roaring, thoroughly entertaining tale of swashbuckling adventure from one of the most exciting writers in historical fiction." ( Brisbane News)
"Ferocious and compelling." ( Daily Express)

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cant get enough

i just keep buying these books!!
how does simon keep coming up with these amazing stories!!.
wish the old narrator was doing them but this will suffice for now

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Why is Vespasian Batman now?

I still love this series but the narrator made on of that man characters sound like batman, super off-putting

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Lovin' it

Brilliant narration though the previous books were read by a different narrator so the differences in some pronunciations, especially names was a frustration ...you just have to let it go I learned. Once I relaxed into it I was home with the two main characters again and their adventure. I like how these books leave you eager for the next chapter.

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Great story - pity about the narrator

The change of narrator has significantly lowered my enjoyment of the series. Great story by Scarrow as always but this will be my last.

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Vespasian = "Im Batman!"

I enjoyed the performance and the story is entertaining but the voice for Vespasian didn't fit the character

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Excellent

love it . look forward to the next adventure of these two brave men. Eagles

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  • Jean
  • 21-03-2016

Intrigue, treachery and lots of action

This is book six in the series. I have been able to read only episodes one and three as Audible does not carry the other volumes. The year is 45 AD; Centurions Marco and Cato are in Rome awaiting the results of an official investigation of the death of a fellow officer in Britain. Cato may face a death sentence. Imperial Secretary Narcissus sends Marco and Cato on a special mission to rescue an Imperial agent captured by Illyrian pirates and return the Delphic Scrolls the agent was carrying.

The book is well written, fast paced with lots of action and naval battles as well as land battles. Scarrow features the Roman Navy in this story including its structure of command as well as information about the type of ships used. Our Hero's fight side by side with the Roman Marines and learn techniques to fight aboard ships. Russell Boulter did a good job narrating the story. I wish the publisher's would stay with one narrator throughout the series.

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  • Bard M Jackson
  • 07-05-2019

voices all seem off

can't tell the difference in voices between the two main charcters. still fun listen thou

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  • GP
  • 03-12-2018

Great exciting story and a great performance.

I always enjoy the Macro and Cato stories. I read the previous books prior to this one. So this was my first audible one. I think the narrator did a fantastic job using distinctly different voices for the different characters. Lots of action and intrigue in this story.

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  • Jessica Perez-Baker
  • 23-05-2018

Awwsome

I absolutely love this series just as good as Conn Igleden and Bernard Cornwell. good read

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  • Linus
  • 04-12-2017

Regrettably the weakest in the series so far.<br />

Aside from the change in tone/performance, the story is lacking aswell. it's alright, not great.

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  • Josur
  • 09-10-2017

A filler story with a poor performance...

Ok, so I've enjoyed the other books in this series. The camaraderie between the two lead characters is endearing and the historical slant of their adventures is engaging.

This story however struggled to keep my interest with a series of clanging hints of what is to come and a protracted ending that left me hoping the pirates would just do me the favour of finishing off the Roman's whilst Vitelius trundles down another well trod path of deception.

With all that said the plodding story line is nothing compared to the reader on this book. As has been said on other reviews I understand that the same voice actor can on occasion not be used book to book however at least let them listen to the previous book to get a feel for how the audience expect the characters to sound and have their names pronounced.

It appears from this book's performance that Macro has spent too long campaigning in Britain as he now has a Lancastrian accent whilst Verspasian (previously pronounced Ver-SPAY-tion, now Ver-SPASS-ion) presumably wants to hide his identity and has started sounding like Christian Bales' Batman. Other former characters are treated to a selection of nasal whiny tones and it also appears that Michael Caine puts in an appearance thankfully stopping short of asking to blow the doors off the citadel.

All in all not great, it seems that the author is trying to setup further intrigue for later books in the series but to be honest a short summation would have been enough and certainly would have saved me a number of hours groaning and shouting at the voice actor for making this audio book frustrating at best to listen to.

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  • Phil C
  • 20-02-2018

Frustrating narration!

If you're a follower of Macro and Cato, this will be familiar territory. An enemy to face and overcome, internal treachery and Roman politics, all going at a cracking pace.
But the big issue I have with this book is the narration. Not in itself - Russell Boulter is a fine narrator and in isolation does a good job. But Macro has apparently relocated his accent from London to Liverpool/ Manchester and it's off putting because it doesn't fit with the mental image of the character built up in the earlier audiobooks.
So far in narration for this series we've had three David Thorpes, two Jonathan Keebles and two Russell Boulters. Next we're going back to Jonathan Keeble all the way to book 16 - oh apart from book 11 which is Gareth Armstrong! Why can't the publisher retain the same narrator, or if that's not possible, at least agree with the new narrator that the characterisation remains consistent?
But all that said, another good yarn from Simon Scarrow.

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  • daveyates
  • 05-07-2017

Okay but very hammy performance

The story is fine, a good adventure romp and a good addition to the Makro and Cato books, but this book sees a change of narrator. The book was played out to impressions of Terry Thomas, Leslie Phillips, Michael Caine, Captain Pugwash, Ernst Blofelt and Quasimodo. It was pretty ridiculous.

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  • Simon
  • 13-10-2016

I Finally Caved In!

About a year ago I said that I was stuck because books 4 and 5 in this series were not available. Sadly at the time of writing that's still the case but I finally caved in. This series is massively fun and despite missing the two books it was excellent to catch up with Macro and Cato once again.

Things have obviously changed since I last spent time with them but all of the things that were strong previously are still very much in evidence. Simon Scarrow ably demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the time period and this time we are treated to some chariot racing and naval action.

The humour between the two main characters made me smile, particularly the scene where Cato charges the enemy!

There is lots of action, no little intrigue and at times a light touch. I won't be leaving it a year before the next one.

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  • Mr. Sjb Horth
  • 01-06-2017

Good book spoiled by the reader

Another good book in the series but the narrator is just not right which is a shame

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  • BM
  • 13-05-2019

Distracting narration

These books are enjoyable if you want a nice easy read. I bought them all in Kindle form, and for the first time with this one I thought I'd also buy the narration to see what it's like. I must say I'm a bit disappointed with it.

While the narrator's performance is good enough in other respects, I'm beginning to find the pronunciation very distracting. "Ravenna" becomes "Raverna", "Maximius" becomes "Maximus", "Vespasian" becomes "Vespassian", and "quinquireme" becomes "...I give up".

It's not like these are words and names were made up for the story, so it's easy to check how to pronounce them. Was there no time? Did they record one take then realise they'd run out of tape and couldn't go back to fix anything?

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  • erickhen
  • 09-05-2019

Good story, Inconsistent pronunciation

I’m on my fifth book by Simon Scarrow. The stories are highly enjoyable and I will almost certainly buy the next one, despite the authors excessive use of modern idioms. Whoever hires the readers or produces the scripts should put a note in to achieve consistency in pronunciation especially names like Cato and Vespasian. In one book the hard A is used, in Cato, next book a soft A, same with the S in Vespasian. Takes a while to adjust oneself. Overall good, but needs some attention.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2019

Monotone

One voice for absolutely everything and everyone made it difficult to listen to especially as the previous 5 books seemed to have put more effort in.

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  • Mongfhind
  • 09-03-2019

Good story spoiled by poor narration.

A well written book but the narration was a rather disappointing. Russell Boulter reads clearly and expressively but like a previous narrator, David Thorpe, spoils the listener’s experience by his mispronunciation of characters names using a short ‘a’ in the middle of the name Vespasian. Surely issues such as consistent pronunciation of key characters and place names in these books could be agreed before the commencement of the production. It is especially annoying when going from one reader to another in the same series of books. Food for thought maybe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-2019

Terrible narration

The story is great. Another ripping yarn of battles and adventure. I bought this audio book to follow the story in order. The narration is very poor and not a patch on Jonathan Keeble.