The brand new thrilling Roman adventure from the bestselling author of THE LEGION and THE GLADIATOR. The city of Rome in AD 50 is a dangerous place. Treachery lurks on every corner, and a shadowy Republican movement, 'the Liberators', has spread its tentacles wide. It is feared that the heart of the latest plot lies in the ranks of the Praetorian Guard. Uncertain of whom he can trust, the Imperial Secretary Narcissus summons to Rome two courageous men guaranteed to be loyal to the grave: army veterans Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro.Tasked with infiltrating the Guard, Cato and Macro face a daunting test to win the trust of their fellow soldiers.
No sooner have they begun to unearth the details of the Liberators' devious plan than disaster strikes: an old enemy who could identify them, with deadly consequences, makes an unexpected appearance. Now they face a race against time to save their own lives before they can unmask the mastermind behind the Liberators...
©2011 Simon Scarrow (P)2011 Headline Digital
"I don't need this kind of competition." (Bernard Cornwell)
"A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read." (Mail on Sunday)
I'm a horticulturist so I am mainlined to audible constantly while doing a spot of gardening. I prefer non-fiction as I like walking away from work with a bit of extra knowledge, but have recently found a beautiful escape in fiction titles which bring their own knowledge with them, I guess...
This was my first venture into audiobook fiction.
If you like Roman history, and you were a fan of HBO's 'Rome', You'll be glued to this one.
Im going to seek his other stuff out, post haste.
I have read all of the books and listened to unabridged audio of the series.
This is without doubt one of the most thrilling Macro and Cato stories in the series. It is the only volume set completely in Rome - the others are set in various countries where the two are sent and are more concerned with Roman Legion in which they serve.
In this book we are dealing with a conspriacy to murder the Emperior Claudius in 51AD. Macro and Cato go undercover as members of Praetorian Guards to ferret out the conspiracy against the Emperor. As usual they are working for Narcissus, the Emperor's Secretary. Some of the great historical names of the period are involved in the story such as Agrippina, Tigellinus, the future Emperor Nero etc.
As always the story moves along at a fast pace and it is hard to stop listening to it, as it is so excitement.
Simon Scarrow brings the period to life as he does in all the books of the series. It is unfortunate that Audible only has some of the earlier books in abridged format.
This is a great series and a great you won't be sorry you listened to it.
Just like the other books in this series , you are drawn into the plot and can't put the book down until it is finished!
"The narrator's not in keeping with the books"
The narrator makes the characters sound pretty wimpy, especially when Cato and Macro are shouting commands or showing frustration. Jonathan Keeble was much better
"Good Story awful performance."
Yes. the series is very good, with a good amount of intrigue and action.
Very similiar to the more political Sharpe Books
Half of the characters sounds like old and feeble men despite contrary descriptions in the story itself. The voice action is more like a reading of a childrens story rather than an adult book. Difficult to identify some of the comments between the main characters. The actor obviously had a lot of saliva in his mouth during various parts of the performance as you can hear it in the recording.
happy with the story.
"...just another filler."
I have bought and read every Scarrow book, even been one of his reading in Norwich but this one feels just like a number of others. A pointless and formulaic 'filler' which leaves me and other Scarrow readers wondering why he'd take advantage of our pockets in these tough times. The story needs to move on - it hasn't for thepast two or perhaps thee books instead we get served up these pointless reads where the story line only differs by country and characters other that Macro and Cato. A pity - Scarrows Generals series of three books shows us what he can achieve. Perhaps he has nowhere left to go if he finishes the Eagle series too soon? Disappointed, again!
"Great Performance and Story"
I am a big fan of Simon Scarrow's Macro & Cato series of books, I have read all of his books and listening to the books again as a way of refreshing my memory. I found the audio version of the book to be very good.
"Love but narrator disappointing"
Have read every book so far so no surprises, good story, great characters. The only let down was the narrator, he made Cato and Macro sound like teenage boys!
This sounded like a children's story. The only way I knew it was aimed at adults was because it included swearing. I'm not averse to swearing; the story was just not very engaging.
This may sound picky but the pronunciation of Praetorian as 'Prytorian' all the way through was impossible to ignore and it really got on my nerves. I am not a Latin scholar but I think the ae combination means it should be 'Preetorialn' in the same way as the ae is sounded out as 'ee' in Caesar, Aesop and encyclopaedia.
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