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The Eagle's Prophecy: Cato & Macro: Book 6
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The Eagle's Prophecy: Cato & Macro: Book 6 [Format Kindle]

Simon Scarrow

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The sixth installment (following 2005's The Eagle's Prey) of Scarrow's popular Roman Empire series is a combustible concoction of intrigue, treachery and violence. Having returned to Rome from Britain to await an investigation into their involvement in the death of an officer, centurions Macro and Cato, Scarrow's recurring heroes, are offered the opportunity to redeem themselves: they must recover the Delphic scrolls—reputed to foretell Rome's future—from the pirates who stole them. Macro and Cato are assigned to the Roman fleet under the command of a former nemesis, the venal Vitellius, who secretly covets the scrolls for himself. Vitellius's plan to destroy the pirate fleet and seize the scrolls, however, runs aground when the pirates, aided by a Roman traitor and Vitellius's ineptness in battle, inflict severe losses on the Roman fleet. When Vitellius is replaced, Macro and Cato get another chance to salvage their careers (and lives). Series fans will welcome Scarrow's depiction of the overlooked venue of the Roman navy, and though the plotting is formulaic, the intense action, beguiling characters and authentic detail more than compensate for it. (Dec.)
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'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' (Scottish Daily Record )

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  • Editeur : Headline (4 septembre 2008)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cato and Macro leave Britannia 16 décembre 2005
Par ilmk - Publié sur
Scarrow's sixth novel featuring the adventures of the grizzled centurion Macro and his able sidekick Cato takes them out of their comfort zone of the Augusta II in Britannia and plonks them in Rome. It was only a matter of time before we saw how Scarrow would deal with Rome and he neatly avoids it by having a quick trip to the races where their remaining monies are lost in a cloud of crash dust one hundred feet from the finish line and describing a squalid room in the the Subaran district. Other than a final visit to the imperial palace to see Narcissus, Scarrow avoids the place entirely.

It's a few months after the heroic efforts of `The Eagle's Prey'. Macro and Cato finds themselves penniless, out of commission and still under an execution order unless they obey Narcissus and lead a covert operation off the Ravenna coastline to recover three missing scrolls of immense value to the Empire that have been stolen by a group of pirates lead by the Greek, Telemachus and his son, Ajax. Thrown into the mix is the ever unctuous and viperish Vitellius, who has been appointed Prefect of the Fleet. The immediate antagonism followed by military ineptitude in a battle at sea results in a heavy loss for the Roman fleet and Vitellius' attempt to blame Cato in official dispatches. Cato's rewriting of the dispatch results in Vespasian's arrival on the scene to direct a proper assault on the pirate's lair, ensuring Cato and Macro are firmly thrust to the fore as the leaders and saviours of the Delphic scrolls.

During the course of the novel the scheming Vitellius somehow manages to land on his feet (and presumably Scarrow will eventually have him meet his historical destiny come A.D 69), Macro finds his long lost mother and also the marine that stole her away from his father (there's a nasty oedipan twist at the end) and Cato continues to mature into a fine leader of men. The paternal relationship between the two characters perfectly suits the rough and ready nature of Macro to his intellectual junior and as a pair they are formidable indeed.

This latest effort by Scarrow shows just how far his writing has come. His novels have gradually gained more and more bulk, substance of character, action and plotline. Action sequences are longer, more descriptive and thus possess more reality to them. Our two main characters have grown with Scarrow and possess immense likeability, his plotlines are clean and crisp and, above all, gripping. Reviews of his earlier novels complained about historical naivity and factual inaccuracy but that doesn't matter with Scarrow (unlike Iggulden). These novels are quite simply superb.

Read them.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 another good book in a great series 15 janvier 2007
Par Roger P. Tatum - Publié sur
This book is a very enjoyable read, but not quite as good as some of the others in the "Eagle" series, which are some of my absolute favorite books. The action is, as always, very well described, and the plot moves along well. There are a number of convenient coincidences in the plot that make it a little less believable than most of the previous novels. Nevertheless, I highly recommend the book and will eagerly read the next installment.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Fun 17 juin 2007
Par Jimbo - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Scarrow has turned in another solid work. While not as good as some of his other Macro and Cato adventures, this one packs a fair amount of intrigue, action, and harrowing escapes.

Scarrow seems to stretch at points, having characters do things that seem to contradict expectations, but overall has delivered a fun story. The focus is on Cato for most of the story, with Vespasian figuring prominently later in the book. I recommend it as a quick summer read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Roman Heavies Get their Day 31 mars 2008
Par Stuart W. Mirsky - Publié sur
I read this one because I like adventure and because I know that a lot of folks are keen on the Roman thing though I'm not myself. Still, I wanted to see what all the excitement is about. Rome never seemed like anything but history's heavy, to me, and I wanted to understand why it exerts such a hypnotic pull on so many readers. After following Scarrow's two centurions, Macro the brawler and his clever but inexperienced young pal, Cato, I am still left wondering. The story takes our heroes from a rundown tenement in Rome, where they are camped out as they await a new assignment, to Ravenna and the Adriatic fleet in pursuit of pirates who have scored a valued prize which our heroes' secret sponsor and, possibly, nemesis wants back at all costs. The two down-on-their-luck centurions find themselves under a possible death sentence with the only way out being to redeem themselves by serving their "patron's" imperial purposes.

Following Macro and Cato we get a close up look of what it might have been like to have been a Roman soldier though it seems awfully like what it might be like to be a British one, given the many Britishisms that infect their speech. Less endearing is the sometimes comic bickering of our two heroes who seem as much like an old married couple at times as they do a couple of pals. On the road to Ravenna, Mac and Cat stumble into a bit of trouble when another of their old nemeses shows up as their superior on their special mission and they rescue a merchant who appears in dire need of succor. By the time they hit Ravenna they're ready for anything and they soon get it as they take over as officers of the Roman marines. Scarrow gives a very nice look at what the Roman navy might have been like and the somewhat drawn out struggle with the pirates is well done. But I found it hard to feel any affinity for these Romans who torture and slaughter their enemies and enslave or crucify the survivors. Even the finer sensibility of young Cato does little to mitigate the sense that we are reading about the bad guys, not the good guys. Indeed, I felt more sympathy for the pirates, only sparingly portrayed, than for the Romans assaulting them.

Still, the book was a relatively easy read and moves along at a nice clip. If you like fiction about imperial Rome this one will probably please you. It just wasn't my cup of well watered wine.

author of The King of Vinland's Saga
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Standard is as High as Ever 22 juillet 2006
Par J. Chippindale - Publié sur
Those readers who are familiar with Simon Scarrow's previous books featuring the Roman Legions will know what to expect in this book. They are all well written and the story lines are excellent.

In this novel Macro and Cato are being investigated following the death of a fellow office. They have been dismissed from the legions and are kicking their heels in Rome awaiting the outcome of the investigation.

While there they are made an offer they cannot refuse. The offer is made by a man they have had dealing with before. The imperial secretary Narcissus.

An imperial agent has been captured by pirates. At the time of his capture he had information vital to the safety of both Rome and the Emperor. Narcissus also sends Vitellius, an old adversary of the two centurions. The three of them set out on their quest but somehow the pirates have been forewarned of their coming and their attempt to free the agent is not as easy as they first thought.

Another exciting adventure for the pair of centurions. Scarrow seems to be able to keep the same high standards without any difficulty at all.
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