The seventh novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling Roman series.
Trouble is brewing in Syria, on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. With the troops in a deplorable state, centurions Macro and Cato are despatched to restore the competence of the cohort. But another challenge faces them as Bannus, a local tribesman, is brewing up trouble and preaching violent opposition to Rome. As the local revolt grows in scale, Macro and Cato must stamp out corruption in the cohort and restore it to fighting fitness to quash Bannus - before the eastern provinces are lost to the Empire forever.
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So glad this was not abridged. The friendship between the two centurians welds this story together and provides a good adventure. Although the author does not delve into Roman camp life as much as I would like, the story is still cohesive and the characters believable. All together a good story and fine narrator. I'd like to see more non-abridged works by Simon Scarrow.
Better than any of the abridged books.
More non abridged books by this author.
Excellent read all around. Its difficult to find an author with the love of historical accuracy and detail, while being imaginative enough to spin a good yarn.
I haven’t listened to the first 6 books. This one stands on its own, so doing so isn’t essential; mostly they aren’t available from audible at the time of this review.
I’ve listened to 5hrs and I just don’t care. The plot is unsophisticated; predictable. It seems to be written for teen readers. The characters, reading and story don’t draw me in; and I’m a fan of this style of book: Falco series, Medicus Ruso, Ship of Rome, etc.
The characters seem unfleshed and they behave with inconsistency; both within their own development and the “Roman” setting. This could be due to the reading; voices that I can see in a TV series (Spoiler? I think Sean Bean would play Macro in the style of “Sharpe”), but detract from the drama for me. They frustrated me.
I’m Australian so the voices chosen probably are less satisfying because the accents haven’t resonance although that hasn’t been a problem with other books’ readings. The best voices are of the non-Romans.
Could have been set any time up to modern era … French Foreign Legion?
The volumes between the narration and the dialogue vary quite a bit, so listening with head phones might be a problem.
I want more Simon Scarrow! Stop messing about with the abridged versions and make available the unabridged!
Loved the book. Narrator does great job of differentiating voices. Am rooting for Macro to find love. Love roman history
Nice change of venue for the Macro & Cato guys! Interesting take on the eastern Empire dynamics. You will like this episode.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This book about Macro & Cato bring them to all so familiar a place that brings serious problems with foreign occupation. Scarrow also added a nice historical stew of catholic/Judaism history of the 'savior & his disciples.' Not to spoil anything but once u read this book u will think about the old testament in a different perspective, believable & placed in a continuous action/betrayal that eventually brought Rome down.
Its depressing in its own philosophical way how the region described in this book has not changed nor have wanted to change from the period this book is suppose to take place to current events. The area & the people are still obsessed with religion & any little slight produces a hive of angry bee's regardless of the circumstances... nothing has changed lol. Macro shows his ability to be the military leader his character usually takes on balanced with his conscience/intellectual muse which is Cato, the pair always complimentary like peanut butter & chocolate. Ok, no more cheese analogies... The book continues to make the series very good & leaving the reader wanting more. Well worth the credit, although there are multiple things unresolved which is always upsetting, especially about characters u come to despise
I missed 4/5/6 in the series as some were not available on audible and went straight for this on. It was very easy to pick up and hugely interesting set in a new province. Some well described skirmishes and an interesting insight into the period. A recommend!
Ben Kane/Conn Iggulden
A change from the previous books gave Cato a much more grown voice sound reflecting his experience
Laugh and got the heart rate going!
"Macro, Cato and The Holy Ghost"
I said I wouldn't wait another year before I came back to this series and this time I have only resisted for a couple of months. It's great fun, action packed and the dynamic duo of Macro and Cato have a good chemistry between them. The machinations of Narcissus give a reasonable(ish) excuse to keep the pair together despite their relatively senior rank.
This time they are thrown into the powder keg of post-messiah Judea and of course there is treachery from both without and within their own ranks. Macro continues to be part football hooligan and part charismatic leader with the more cerebral Macro providing an excellent foil to the older man's rather more unpredictable approach.
Scarrow touches new ground with his take on Christianity's early days which adds to the intrigue without ever becoming overly judgemental or allowing the action to falter. In terms of historical detail this does take the focus away from the legions themselves though.
All in all another very enjoyable episode.
Narrator is brilliant. It is the hardest job in the world to characterise a reading but Russell Boulter does a fantastic job. The story as ever is boys own adventure made all the more enjoyable because I have spent several days at Petra.
"The Characters continue to grow "
.....both as characters and on you. an enjoyable read and here's to the next one
"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.
"Worth a listen."
There are a number of authors writing in this genre but I always find Simon Scarrow's story telling superior to the rest. As a Roman military novel this one works well and its offers some interesting insights into the politics of the region combined with enough action to keep you happy. Where it is slightly less satisfactory is in its somewhat mystical storyline about early Christians which gets tedious at times. Overall though worth a listen.
An adequate storyline and pretty well narated but the re-writing of the Gospels was an unecessary and a rather silly distraction.
Ok but not as good as some of the other espisodes.
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