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Traitors of Rome

Eagles of the Empire, Book 18
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 18
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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An action-packed novel of warfare, courage and camaraderie in the Roman Empire, from the Sunday Times-best-selling author.

The gripping new Cato and Macro adventure in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. Not to be missed by readers of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell.

Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro are based on the eastern border of the Empire, facing Rome's deadly enemy, Parthia. The signs are that Parthia is preparing for war. And the two battle-hardened veterans are ready for their greatest-ever military challenge.

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

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Good story

I have enjoyed all the Eagles of Empire books.
Impatiently waiting for book no 19. Always a great read however in my case a good listen. The narrator puts added life to the story.

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  • 18-12-2019

Back to his best.

After not really enjoying the co-authored books Scarrow wrote that featured Cato and Macro, this book finds Mr Scarrow back to his best.

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Always a great story and fantasticly told!

Another great story by Simon Scarrow and an equally great story telling by Jonathan Keeble.

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  • Stephen
  • 05-12-2019

Fantastic

There hasn’t been a bad book in the series. My hope is that Mr. Scarrow stretches it through the Year of the Four Emperors. Either way I highly recommend!

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  • Simon
  • 24-11-2019

Macro's Bagpuss Moment!

I love this series, it's maintained a fabulous standard of character, story-telling, action and history in almost every single book. Jonathan Keeble, well I think pitchforks would definitely be raised if anyone else tried to voice Macro and Cato now, he really adds to Simon Scarrow's stories. Of course the stars of the show are Macro and Cato who we've followed across Eurasia for years now. They work together like a well-oiled machine and the genesis of Cato from, as Macro so delicately puts it from a 'streak of piss' to the man in command was done superbly.

However, Macro has a lot of miles on the clock, his suspension is starting to creak and his 0-60 time is not quite in Ferrari's territory any more. He's in love with Petronella, the real general in their household and his mind is turning to thoughts of spending time with her, warm fires and retirement. just like a certain old baggy cloth cat. But, he's a soldier at heart and pledges just 'one last campaign'. Despite him being a somewhat grizzled veteran now he is still very much a force of nature and Scarrow sends his two heroes into two diverse adventures that once again test their every ability.

This is stirring stuff again and 'Traitors of Rome' delivers its own thrilling adventures completely while setting the scene for what you would suspect is going to be an absolutely epic campaign to come.

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  • Xerxes Mankum
  • 31-12-2019

Fantastic Narration. Really Felt Immersed

I have been enjoying the Macro and Cato series for such a long time now. This is another amazing entry into the novel. The narrator does such a fine job with narrating Apollonius, Cato and Macro. I love Macro’s voice acting. It’s exactly how I would imagine the tough old grizzled veteran.

This novel has a lot of good things in it. The descriptions of the Parthian Empire. Macro and his marriage with Petronella, and Cato’s little son. The capital of Ctesphion. The Parthian King. There is so much detail that it can’t be summarised in all good detail. Simon does a terrific job in illustrating why the Parthians were so dangerous in the Eastern Borders of Rome. There’s mutiny, sieges, the descriptions of the cities, the battle scenes are really engaging when the narrator is really doing a fantastic job of making this book come alive. Apollonius is one of the best characters in the book. Cato embarks on an expedition to Parthia to negotiate a peace treaty with the Parthians. Anyone that knows Roman history knows that is impossible. The Parthians are a cunning bunch. They will seek to destroy Rome, and their successors, the Sassanids ensured the Romans got a bloody nose.

Here you’ll go through towns, cities, the Silk Road, merchants, conniving Greek pirate captains, heroic soliders, epic swordfights, mutiny and starvation and sieges. That’s what I can call this novel. There is so much attention to detail, so much stuff that I can’t summarise it in all but one go. It’s really that good. Get the audiobook. It’s fantastic voice acting. I felt immersed. Though I wished they had a female voice narrator for Petronella. Honestly, an amazing effort. When will Simon Scarrow turn this into an alternate history series or something like that? I’d love to see Cato explore new lands or go to America. That’s just me. Otherwise, a solid 5.5.

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  • Marc
  • 18-12-2019

Still brilliant

After reading the whole series so far, I was worried that this next book might not keep me enthralled. I was wrong, I’m glad to say. I have barely stopped listening to this one. The paths that Cato and Macro follow in this story kept me hooked throughout, and have made me want to restart the series again. I hope there will be many more to come. Jonathan Keeble’s performance is spot on. Thank you.

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  • MR T J H MOFFATT
  • 15-05-2020

Excellent

What a great book. It is both adventurous and filled with the terror of campaigns. As usual for Scarrow the book is very well written and informative - very much enhanced by a marvellous narrator. I love this Roman series but I would have to say I enjoyed this book the best.

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  • wendy greaves
  • 31-03-2020

Perfect book, perfect series

I can't recommend this series enough for people who live stories of Rome. it's violent, it's vulgar and it's perfectly written.

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  • Andrew
  • 19-03-2020

If you’ve got this far in the series you know

It’s another classic story though a little predictable, I wonder if the Kato and macro story will now have a happy ending

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  • Toby
  • 13-02-2020

A characterful adventure

Always gripping and full of humour. Great as ever with historical vividness and a gripping yarn.

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  • Southyorks1234
  • 20-01-2020

Great Tale - Amusing characters

I love the characters of Macro and Cato. My husband and I look forward to each new book. Always well written, gripping and entertaining.

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  • David Williams
  • 15-01-2020

Excellence continues

Another great episode in the saga and being on Audible, kept me entertained in the car to and from work. Brilliantly read as usual by Mr Keeble.

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  • Tony T
  • 08-12-2019

Absolutely Brilliant

Hope there are more books to come. I can heartily recommend the whole series. Well done Simon Scarrow