A thrilling new Roman novel charting the gruelling rise of gladitorial recruit Pavo by the best-selling author of The Legion and Praetorian Ancient Rome provides the setting for the gripping story of the champion gladiator Pavo, trained to kill, and a pawn in the games of the powerful and ambitious.
Pavo's journey begins when he encounters the Roman soldier Macro, who has been charged with his training. Bonds of friendship develop between the two men, both aware that their fates depend not only on Pavo's skills in the arena but also on the whims of powerful and ruthless senators. Can Pavo survive to fulfil his most cherished goal - revenge for the murder of his father at the hands of a champion gladiator?
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I have to say I loved Simon Scarrow's Cato and Macro characters, and I enjoyed Scarrow's writing - it got the story done with enough embellishment to entrance and transport to a relatively authentic impression of the time. So I bought this book, (not realising he wrote it with someone else) expecting the same. Anyway, for whatever reason, this book is as bad as his other books were good - the plot plods along a linear timeline from one uninteresting turn of events to another, stumbling over laughable cliches and repetitive character reactions, made all the worse by the histrionic reading of David Thorpe. I won't go on, because enough is said. All I can say is, stick to writing on your own Simon, because it seems the other bloke just dragged you down on this one.
One more chance to Simon Scarrow, but definitely never T.J. Andrews.
Disliked it intensely. Histrionic, badly interpreted and misphrased.
Boredom and mirth
Yes, I would still listen to David Thorpe's narrations, and I'd be willing to read another Scarrow
This book seemed like a never ended repeat of events. Main character gets into a tight spot due to the nasty Grecian. He is forced to fight. He whines about the injustice of it. He trains. He wins. He is still subject the the Grecian's plots. Plot escalates (barely). Repeat.
I was not satisfied with the end. I did not like the characters, and an overuse of the f word made me feel like the characters were adolescents.
Sub plots that make no sense - characters devoid of personality - You actually find yourself rooting for the bad guys - Whiny self absorbed 2 dimensional hero then suddenly he finds the heroism to save the world. Vomit.
Anything but this
I want my money back
great book about Rome and the gladiatorial events and the things that could have happened under the reign of Cladius with his use of vindictive freedmen that he did use as advisors
other simon scarrow book you should read all of the they are very good
his voice is wonderful for the book
as always a good action packed story with plenty of chuckles. macro is a favourite of mine with or without cato .very good
"A devious tale"
My son thought this was a thrilling and fast moving story. He particularly liked the tricky Greeks called Palllas and Marena(?) who could never be trusted to do what they said.
Macro (of macro and Cato fame) who was always straight to the point and took any disaapointment in his stride.
The best bit was when Marena got his come uppance at the end... In a truly Roman way.
Much better than Gladiator
The narrative and characters appeared to me to be confused and shallow which is in total contrast to the amazing Sword and Scimitar or any other of Mr. Scarrow’s publications.
Something by Mr. Harry Sidebottom.
All of them.
Having followed the fabulous adventures of Cato and Macro for a number of years now, this book disappointed unconditionally.
"Bit of a let down"
I have read all of Simon Scarrows works and always keep an eye out for a new read / listen from him. This was not his normal work and i felt someone else had written it all and asked Scarrow to have a look before publishing.I found this book to be very far fetched, i know its a fiction novel but the main character was a superman and totally unbelievable. I did not enjoy it at all and i will look twice before purchasing another from Scarrow and any other co author.
"Not my favourite"
story line was repetitive and became boring. tried to listen and get out over with as quick as I could so I could move on to invader instead. persevered on because I have a feeling some of the characters may appear in a future eagle series book and would like to know their backstory.
I found the narration quite poor in places. In particular the voices of the Greek freedmen were very grating and frustrating to listen too. I found it odd that all the Romans were left with an English accent while thracians, Greeks and other nationalities were given accents.
all in all I am glad I now now the story but can't day I overly enjoyed the experience. it is only as it is part of a greater collection that gives it any possibility of being know.
"A good long story"
I needed a good long audio book to keep me going. I always enjoy Simon Scarrow especially the Ancient Roman series. Arena was an interesting and enjoyable tale especially as it has Macro in it. Lots of plot twists and action. looking forward to the next one.
A little like the Starwars film this story id out of sequence When such a popular duo as Macro and Cato have been created to then go back before they meet can only ever be a fill in money spinner until tbe next Eagles novel. A good listen but not as good in my opinion.
loved it. great story well written perfectly delivered. great addition to the series and very entertaining
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