The third novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Roman series.
After a series of bloody battles, Camulodunum (modern-day Colchester) has fallen to the invading Roman army. The Emperor has returned to Rome, leaving the fearless Centurion Macro and his young Optio, Cato, to rest and regroup, along with the rest of the Second Legion.
As their leader, General Plautius, plans the next phase of their campaign, word arrives that the ship carrying his family to join him was wrecked in a storm off the south coast. His wife and children have fallen into the hands of a dark sect of Druids, who now demand the return of those of their brotherhood taken prisoner by the Romans. Unless their demands are met within one month, Plautius's family will be burned alive. Will Cato and Macro discover where the Druids are hiding their hostages? And can they find some way to rescue them before time runs out?
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The story line for this 3rd novel isn’t quite up to par with the previous two, but is still good. Simon Scarrow’s narration continues to greatly add to the audio version, and I certainly hope they don’t change narrators for follow on books.
If you haven’t been introduced to this series, I might want to start with the first book. If you’ve finished books one and two, and are considering the third book, I recommend you do so.
In the top 10 percentile.
Um... kinda hard without spoilers, but probably when Macro pretty much offered to pick a fight with a god.
The rescue at the cart. Very tense and with plenty of emotion, wonderfully conveyed.
I doubt I'm the first to draw comparisons between the Eagle series and Sharpe, but it is impossible not to see it. Swap Wellington for Vespasia, Sharpe for Macro and Harper for Cato and you're pretty much there. Well.. in terms of story format anyway. The characters are very different and are wonderfully realised by David Thorpe's outstanding performance. His skill with developing unique and identifiable voices for each and every character, while at the same time not compromising on the quality of the performance is remarkable. He has quickly become one of my favourite narrators.
The story of the book is pretty simple, but it is the telling of it which draws you in. The characters are wonderful - Macro is especially enjoyable as the simple, brutal Centurion who nevertheless is not totally inured to the horrors of war.
If you want solid historical military adventure then it's hard to think of any series better. Nor can I imagine it being performed any better than that shown here.
"Conquest for Britain continues, with added druids"
The third and last book in the Audiobook deal of the Macro and Cato series. This book started off from where the last book finished - still in Britain trying to conquer the British. It is winter, so the campaign has stopped until spring. The generals family is en route, but gets shipwrecked and are captured by the Druids. As you can guess by now, the druids are the bad guys this book.
The book can be split into 2 parts. The first is the winter portion of a campaign, with the odd skirmish and plenty of drinking. Its here that we meet up with Boudica, from the Iceni tribe. She has a relationship with Macro and is a major part of this story. This is a young Boudica, so i would imagine we will hear from her again in future books.
The second half of the story sees Macro and Cato, along with Boudica and her cousin in a rescue attempt of the generals family. There are less mass battles here, but some good little skirmishes.
Audiobook: The book was by the same narrator and a fantastic job it was too. I really enjoy these books. Its a shame that the next 2 books are not in audible format - so i will have to purchase then in book form. This is a series that i will certainly continue to read
I love these Roman war adventures which I am very surprised at. As a woman I'm not usually into this kind of thing, but there is an excellent balance between fighting and plot. Macro (as voiced by David Thorpe) is startlingly real (and sexy...), as is the youngster Cato. A series for both sexes!
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