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AD 55. The Emperor Claudius is dead. Nero rules. His half-brother Britannicus has also laid claim to the throne. A bloody power struggle is underway.

All Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro want is a simple army life, fighting with their brave and loyal men. But Cato has caught the eye of rival factions determined to get him on their side. To survive, Cato must play a cunning game and enlist the help of the one man in the empire he can trust: Macro. As the rebel force grows, legionaries and Praetorian Guards are moved like chess pieces by powerful and shadowy figures. A political game has created the ultimate military challenge. Can civil war be averted?

The future of the empire is in Cato's hands....

©2017 Simon Scarrow (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

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"A new book in Simon Scarrow's series about the Roman army is always a joy." (The Times)

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  • Simon
  • 12-06-17

Plotty Marvellous!

I’m the first to admit that my favourites in this series have seen the boys out there on campaign sticking it to some horde of hairy-arsed barbarians – especially us Brits! The cloak and dagger stuff I’m not normally not quite so keen on but this one just got me from the start. How Cato hasn’t quite lost his marbles completely is hard to fathom because Scarrow suddenly seems to have taken an extreme dislike to him and no amount of torture for him personally seems too much. In this we see more of the development of Cato as a man, a harder edge, a more cynical side coming to the fore. But he’s still a genuine hero and a man of honour. Macro, well age is catching up on him but he’s still Macro and we wouldn’t have him any other way! Blunt, direct, violent but has he finally met his match in a woman?

Our heroes are pitched into a Rome heaving with unrest following the death of the Emperor and Nero’s ascension to the purple. The whole place is seething with plot and counter plot and ready to erupt at any moment. Cato and Macro just want to be soldiers but Cato in particular is too valuable for either side to leave him alone and ghosts of the past come back to haunt him. It’s brilliant, fast-paced stuff with no quarter given or asked for and as usual Mr Keeble brings it to life in the manner to which we’ve become accustomed.

Cato tries to think his way through while Macro takes his usual battering ram approach throughout. I do promise you will be cheering him during the “cliffhanger” scene towards the end! I don’t know how long Simon Scarrow plans to keep these two going but I’ll be following them to the end!

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  • T G R Thomson
  • 11-19-17

One of the best yet for Scarrows, Cato & Macro duo

I have read and listened to all of the previous Eagle (Cato & Macro) books and have enjoyed all of them, some more than others naturally, this book I was totally absorbed with and found the plot and pace of the book excellent. The narration as usual by Jonathan Keeble made the book a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to the next instalment.

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  • Wynn
  • 11-17-17

Yet another enthralling episode

Great storyline, superbly written , and Jonathan Keebles narration is outstanding. He really brings the characters to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-09-17

Excellent gripping narrative

Simon Scarrow at his best, gripping, absorbing storytelling.
Thoroughly enjoyable, barely able. To stop listening.
More please.

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  • Marie grice
  • 12-09-17

enjoyable

very enticing and fast moving story. I really got into the story as the reader pulled you in and read excellently creating all the characters and making the real. enjoyed immencly cant wait to start reading the next one. thank you all. x

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  • Jamie Simpson
  • 12-05-17

Cato and Macro back at it again

Its always a great listen to any book on this series. Did not disappoint...now just got to wait for the next instalment!

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  • Ferdinand
  • 11-27-17

16 books in an still breathtaking

all I have to say is Thank you Mr. Scarrow. please the eagles series going!

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  • Sean
  • 11-20-17

Superb

Some literary characters become like old friends and these two have now joined Sherlock Holmes in that rare category

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  • Ron
  • 11-16-17

Another tale of Roman daring do

Well by now you should know what you are getting. after all this is book 16, The duo get in and out of scraps, historically well written of course and well told by Jonathan Keeble, another cracker.

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  • Richard
  • 12-15-17

Well read, but more of the same

Having read or listened to all of this series, I can only add it is more of the same. Well narrated, but the story line is predictable and a bit monotonous.

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  • Grahame Davis
  • 12-09-17

excellent

good narration. excellent pace. great story, cant wait for next book Simon. c'mon get in to it