The sixth novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is spring 45 AD and Centurions Macro and Cato, dismissed from the Second Legion in Britain, are trapped in Rome, waiting for their involvement in the death of a fellow officer to be investigated. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer they ...Read MoreThe sixth novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series. It is spring 45 AD and Centurions Macro and Cato, dismissed from the Second Legion in Britain, are trapped in Rome, waiting for their involvement in the death of a fellow officer to be investigated. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer they can't refuse: to rescue an imperial agent who has been captured by pirates operating from the Illyrian coast. With him were scrolls vital to the safety of the Emperor and the future of Rome. However, Narcissus also sends Vitellius, an old enemy of the two centurions. The three officers set out from Ravenna with the imperial fleet but the pirates are forewarned and the Romans pay a heavy price. Outnumbered by the enemy, surrounded by rumours of treachery and endangered by Vitellius' desire to redeem himself, Centurions Macro and Cato must find the pirate base to avert a disaster that could destroy the Emperor.Read Less
Simon Scarrow is at par with Bernard Cornwell. This is a well written and well researched novel. It holds the reader's attention in a compelling manner. Easy to read action novel. A must for all miniature wargamers especially Ancients aficionados. Of general interest to all historians and antiquarians.
Nov 5, 2009
Excellent and prompt delivery from the seller. I discovered these books not long ago and have now all nine editions which I am currently wading through.
The books are first class and dare I say the story lines could easily be made into a film or even a mini TV series. I can understand why Bernard Cornwell says that he doesn't "need this kind of competition".
Aug 13, 2009
Another great book by Simon Scarrow in his Eagle series. With this book we get to see more into Macro and Cato's personal lives. Simon Scarrow knows his ancient Rome, I had to google a few things to see if he was right. He was right on the money. Great Read.
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