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In the first century AD, the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long-standing enemy Parthia. Parthia is vying with Rome for control of Palmyra an officially neutral kingdom. Palmyra's royal household is on the brink of open revolt, and so a task force under the command of experienced soldiers Macro and Cato is dispatched to defend its king and guard its borders.

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Too short was very surprised. I like the story however and will continue the series

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Disappointing

I’ve read (or rather listened to) all the Eagle series books and was let down on this one. I don’t know if this was an abridged version or what but there is no development. Everything is rushed. While I’m glad Cato has a love interest, there’s no character development for Julia. The reading time is 4 hours, exactly half the time that all the others had (8). Everything is open ended - like Cato accidentally killing one of his own men in battle. In the previous books everything that happens has some level of significance, but this occurs, and then we never hear of it again. Nothing is resolved. Macro is read like a jolly old fellow instead of the tough, no nonsense fighter than he is in all the other books. Whole thing was a let down. I’m going to listen to the next book in the series and if things don’t improve, will probably stop and move onto something else.

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Great story

Listen to all the other audible books on the series the voice of the Macro and Cato didn't go well with them but I love this series and will read or listen to the rest. Scarrow is the best historical fiction author I have read. This was my least favorite of the series so far but I still loved it.

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Good book, but a mediocre point in the series

I write this based on listening to the Abridged version, since there is not unabridged version. But you definitely blow past it pretty quick. The voice acting was acceptable, but not amazing. Previous audio books had superior voice acting with better attention to accents and more imagination.

Altogether, a decent read. But not something I'll listen to again unless blowing through the whole series.