Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young centurion in Roman Britain, is forced into retirement after receiving a wound in his first major engagement against a rebel British tribe. It allows him the freedom to embark upon a dangerous mission to find out what happened to the Ninth Legion, which, years before, disappeared in the savage lands of the Picts. Will he find out what happened to the men, led by his father, who never returned? And will he recover the Eagle, the symbol of Roman dominance and power?
©1954 Rosemary Sutcliff (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks Ltd.
"Decades later, I can still hear echoes of The Eagle of the Ninth in my head: the chink of mail, the tired beat of the legionaries' feet." (The Independent)
"What a splendid story it is, compulsive reading!" (Junior Bookshelf)
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I thought this was overpriced, and over rated by the Audible team. weak story, weak ending!
Badly written attempt to cash in on the Glaiator type hype. Full of obvious cliche and predictable characters including reference to Bodica!! So very far from a factual type novel with perhaps a hint of genuine historical integrity or continuity. All in all very poor, very childish, I'm amazed it was published. Actually little about the Ninth Legion!!! Oh and so short, though that became a relief!
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