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The Blood Crows

Eagles of the Empire, Book 12
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 12
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

If you don't know Simon Scarrow, you don't know Rome!

The Blood Crows is the enthralling twelfth novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. A must-read for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

Britannia, AD 51. For nearly a decade, the Roman Empire has fought to assert its hold over Britannia. But relentless opposition from native tribes led by the fanatical King Caratacus threatens to destroy everything. Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro are dispatched from Rome to aid the campaign. Placed in command of an outpost in the remote western mountains, they face a challenge even more deadly than the unremitting attacks of barbarian forces.

For they must wrench control of the fort from Centurion Quertus, a man who wages a savage personal war and inspires a loyalty in his men above their bond with Rome. With dangerous enemies on both sides, Cato and Macro face the fight of their lives to bring peace to the most perilous frontier in Europe.

©2013 Simon Scarrow (P)2013 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

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  • Matt
  • Rome, Italy
  • 07-31-18

Captivating

Easy and captivating listening. Impeccably told, this story of ancient Roman warfare is full of action and adventure.
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best in series

best in series so far, nerve wracking, suspense and tense. ! ! ! ! !

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  • David
  • 04-21-15

Macro & Cato at their Best!

Where does The Blood Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

AS far as historical novels go this is the best I have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the depth within Cato's character. He is ruthless but shows some empathy to the people he is often forced to kill

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The battle scenes are really brought to life with the speed change in the narrators voice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

none

Any additional comments?

Having read a lot of Simon Scarrow's work I was already a fan , but listening to the story rather than reading gave it a third dimension.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-30-15

It's been a long "Bromance"!

This is a long series of stories. We've trudged across the Empire with Cato and Macro. I felt that the previous couple of books were a bit formulaic, and I was unsure whether to continue with this one. Glad I did. I think I mainly buy these books for the action. There's plenty of top quality blood and guts in this episode.

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  • Lee Wilkinson
  • 07-07-14

Cato & macro in trouble again

If you could sum up The Blood Crows in three words, what would they be?

Great story performance

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood Crows?

The young man who had been impaled by the side of road

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

Macro

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-14

gripping

Would you consider the audio edition of The Blood Crows to be better than the print version?

Having not read the book I cannot comment, I do intend to add it to my Kindle library for my holiday

What did you like best about this story?

The action packed story line you feel you could be over looking the scenes

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As I said not read the book but the way Jonathan Keeble changes the the pitch on his voice and accents add to the overall enjoyment of the book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No paticular part as I enjoyed the whole book

Any additional comments?

Keep up the good partnership between author and reader

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  • No agenda
  • 01-23-14

Macro & Cato are in trouble again

What made the experience of listening to The Blood Crows the most enjoyable?

It is the edge of the seat drama that Mr Scarrow does very well with these characters, seamlessly inserting them into historical events like Sharpe and Harper

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It is typical of this type of drama, no author kills off their central characters, despite the peril that they are placed in

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is excellent at adding the requisite atmosphere to the novel, I certainly would recommend this production because of this. I look forward to future recordings of his.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was but unfortunately work kept getting in the way

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of this author and am looking to his next publication

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  • Bibliophile
  • 12-02-13

Cato & Macro ride again!

Another very bloody Cato and Macro novel, set in a part of Britain where Roman rule is tenuous, and the "Roman" troops are themselves from fairly barbaric tribes.
The two think they have jumped out of the frying pan that their service to the Imperial secretary and freedman, Narcissus, has tied them in for the last few years. Back to military service they find that the frying pan sat on a rather dangerous fire.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-19

Blood Crows

The story and teller was superb
Can’t wait to start the next in the series

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  • Watcher
  • 04-12-19

Obviously written in a hurry

I have long been a fan of Simon Scarrow books but I found this one to be very mediocre. The storyline is thin, with a passing glance at historical names and facts which could be covered in less than 100 pages. There is a huge amount of padding out by interminable battle/fight scenes which the narrator does his best to report,but overall I found it disppointing and, quite frankly, boring.

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  • Southyorks1234
  • 09-26-18

Action packed throughout

There are clever storyline for both the romantic and British armies in this book. Also a good level of humour.

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  • Mr Mike Simspon
  • 09-18-18

another phenomenal success

out of this world book. enjoyed every second. Fantastic narration again and very easy to listen to! can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 10-26-18

Another great chapter for the duo

Once again, another great book by Simon Scarrow with all the action in graphic detail you'd expect. A good story about a renegade centurian where Cato's moral compass guides a fight for right. More danger for both of the duo both inside and outside the empire. A good story.

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  • Daryl O'Rafferty
  • 08-18-16

Engaging

I have found the continuing saga and live of Cato & Macro very engaging and looking forward the next challenges they face

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  • Ky
  • 08-31-15

The Adventures of Macro & Cato

I am slowly making my way through all of Simon Scarrows works, he is a very entertaining writer.I enjoyed this title just as much as Praetorian.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-29-15

Awesome I love anything Simon Scarrow does.

I continue to enjoy this author. while I like Anthony Riches and Douglas Jackson this guy has no equal.

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  • Jon
  • 01-25-15

Rome's finest

Very good read!! Captivating storyline that keeps you listening to every word! Macro and Cato are the epitome of Roman Officers at the frontier