A gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet. In the first century AD the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long-standing enemy Parthia. Parthia is vying with Rome for control of Palmyra an officially neutral kingdom. Palmyras royal household is on the brink of open revolt, and so ...
A gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet. In the first century AD the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long-standing enemy Parthia. Parthia is vying with Rome for control of Palmyra an officially neutral kingdom. Palmyras royal household is on the brink of open revolt, and so a task force under the command of experienced soldiers Macro and Cato is dispatched to defend its king and guard its borders. When Parthia hears of the Roman armys presence, it starts amassing its troops for war. Macro's cohort must march against the enemy, deep into treacherous territory. If Palmyra is not to fall into the clutches of Parthia, they will have to defeat superior numbers in a desperate siege. The quest for a lasting peace has never been more challenging, nor more critical for the future of the empire.
First of all, 'Centurion' is well written with the ability to quickly capture the reader's interest and hold it through to the last page. However, it is a war story with details of Roman military tactics and battles. so, if you like a well researched story of roman army that moves along at a pounding pace from the very beginning, this book is an excellent choice.
Rome, Italy 2010
Sep 5, 2009
Another excellent book by Simon Scarrow. This book has the added bonus of a short story 'Blood Debt' about Macro as a youth before he joined the Legion.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-08-27 With sword, spear, and shield, Roman legionnaires hack, stab, and slash a bloody path across 1st-century A.D. Syria in this eighth volume in Scarrow's Eagle series (after The Eagle in the Sand). Macro and Cato are Roman centurions in charge of a cohort of legionnaires, and a regiment of auxiliaries, respectively. Close friends, they endure the soldier's life together for the sake of Rome. Here, they find themselves embroiled in an unprecedented and dangerous situation-a revolt against Rome in neighboring Palmyra threatens to bring war with Parthia, a long-time enemy of Rome that has its sights set on Palmyra. Cato, Macro, and their men are sent to safeguard the besieged Palmyran king and his loyalists. The march across the vast Syrian Desert is hampered by hunger, thirst, and enemy ambushes, but the real trouble begins when they arrive at Palmyra and discover the city surrounded by bloodthirsty rebels and riddled with treachery, cowardice, betrayal, and murder. And then the Parthian army arrives. Replete with court intrigue, deadly politics, and massive close-quarters battle scenes, Scarrows's newest is excellent historical fiction. Agent: Meg Davis, Ki Agency (U.K.). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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