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When the Eagle Hunts (Eagles of the Empire 3)


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Two centurions undertake the most terrifying mission of their lives... The third novel in the popular Roman series from Simon Scarrow

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Two centurions undertake the most terrifying mission of their lives... The third novel in the popular Roman series from Simon Scarrow

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Simon Scarrow is a former teacher who now devotes himself to writing full time. He lives outside Norwich with his family.


Scarrow's third historical (Under the Eagle; The Eagle's Conquest) continues to chart the first-century Roman invasion of ancient Britain, as it records-skirmish by skirmish-the exploits of Centurion Macro, who commands the Sixth Century of the Fourth Cohort of the Second Roman Legion, and his optio (junior officer), Cato. In the early winter of A.D. 44, a supply vessel carrying the wife and two children of General Plautius is shipwrecked off the British coast. The general's family-with Prefect Valerius Maxentius, their official escort-is taken prisoner by the bloodthirsty Druids of the Dark Moon. A short time later, Maxentius, accompanied by a Druid warrior, approaches the Roman encampment and delivers an ultimatum: unless the Romans release five Druid prisoners, the general's family will be burned alive. In case anyone doubted his seriousness, the Druid summarily beheads Maxentius. Following the Fourth Cohort's great losses fighting its way through a horde of Britons, Plautius dispatches Macro and Cato to rescue his family. Macro and Cato's difficult undertaking is further complicated when their two captive guides turn out to be Macro's former girlfriend and her fianc?, a fearsome Druid magician. Despite Scarrow's attempt to invest his characters with personality, they come across as cardboard cutouts, and their anachronistic dialogue is off-putting. But his settings are well described and, however predictable, the plotting is strong, with much of the action reminiscent of Bernard Cornwell's. Albeit a bit slight and sporadic, Scarrow's novel demonstrates improvement in crafting, which bodes well for the expected sequel. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

'Combines considerable scholarship in Roman history with great story-telling skills, vividly drawn, sympathetic characters, and a touch of humour, as well as all-action battle scenes' -- East Anglian Daily Times 'The third in Scarrow's historical series... and it's probably the best... Rollicking good fun' -- Mail on Sunday

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