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The Eagle in the Sand

Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
Narrated by: Russell Boulter
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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

The Eagle in the Sand is the action-packed seventh novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. Essential reading for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

Judaea in AD 46. Roman centurions Cato and Macro have been posted to Judaea for a 'hearts and minds' operation. The Empire needs to win over the locals after some of their religious figures have started revolts - and since the Romans crucified the last charismatic Judaean leader, the natives' rebellions have become bolder.

Not only are these small villages causing trouble, but there are also thousands of Parthians eager to fight Rome. With the threat of suicide attacks and even all-out war, Cato and Macro have their peace-keeping work cut out....

©2006 Simon Scarrow (P)2012 Headline Digital

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Entertaining Romans in the Field

What did you love best about The Eagle in the Sand?

So glad this was not abridged. The friendship between the two centurians welds this story together and provides a good adventure. Although the author does not delve into Roman camp life as much as I would like, the story is still cohesive and the characters believable. All together a good story and fine narrator. I'd like to see more non-abridged works by Simon Scarrow.

If you’ve listened to books by Simon Scarrow before, how does this one compare?

Better than any of the abridged books.

Have you listened to any of Russell Boulter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Solid performance.

Any additional comments?

More non abridged books by this author.

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Well done

Excellent read all around. Its difficult to find an author with the love of historical accuracy and detail, while being imaginative enough to spin a good yarn.

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Could have been set any time up to modern era …

I haven’t listened to the first 6 books. This one stands on its own, so doing so isn’t essential; mostly they aren’t available from audible at the time of this review.

I’ve listened to 5hrs and I just don’t care. The plot is unsophisticated; predictable. It seems to be written for teen readers. The characters, reading and story don’t draw me in; and I’m a fan of this style of book: Falco series, Medicus Ruso, Ship of Rome, etc.

The characters seem unfleshed and they behave with inconsistency; both within their own development and the “Roman” setting. This could be due to the reading; voices that I can see in a TV series (Spoiler? I think Sean Bean would play Macro in the style of “Sharpe”), but detract from the drama for me. They frustrated me.

I’m Australian so the voices chosen probably are less satisfying because the accents haven’t resonance although that hasn’t been a problem with other books’ readings. The best voices are of the non-Romans.

Could have been set any time up to modern era … French Foreign Legion?

The volumes between the narration and the dialogue vary quite a bit, so listening with head phones might be a problem.

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  • joe
  • Hudson, WI, United States
  • 07-09-12

MORE!

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I want more Simon Scarrow! Stop messing about with the abridged versions and make available the unabridged!

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  • GP
  • Portland, Or United States
  • 03-14-19

Great story and great narration.

Another great Macro and Cato story! I really liked this adventure. Very exciting from the start to the finish!

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Great

Narrator is incredible, and story is just as good as previous titles in the series

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  • Kathleen
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 01-04-15

Kathleen

Loved the book. Narrator does great job of differentiating voices. Am rooting for Macro to find love. Love roman history

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Good read...for the Roman history buff

Nice change of venue for the Macro & Cato guys! Interesting take on the eastern Empire dynamics. You will like this episode.

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  • G.Monie
  • Bethpage, NY, United States
  • 06-14-13

Great series!! Macro & Cato: SPQR 'Green Berets'

This book about Macro & Cato bring them to all so familiar a place that brings serious problems with foreign occupation. Scarrow also added a nice historical stew of catholic/Judaism history of the 'savior & his disciples.' Not to spoil anything but once u read this book u will think about the old testament in a different perspective, believable & placed in a continuous action/betrayal that eventually brought Rome down.

Its depressing in its own philosophical way how the region described in this book has not changed nor have wanted to change from the period this book is suppose to take place to current events. The area & the people are still obsessed with religion & any little slight produces a hive of angry bee's regardless of the circumstances... nothing has changed lol. Macro shows his ability to be the military leader his character usually takes on balanced with his conscience/intellectual muse which is Cato, the pair always complimentary like peanut butter & chocolate. Ok, no more cheese analogies... The book continues to make the series very good & leaving the reader wanting more. Well worth the credit, although there are multiple things unresolved which is always upsetting, especially about characters u come to despise

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  • Mr T C
  • 07-22-15

Thrilling read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Eagle in the Sand to be better than the print version?

I missed 4/5/6 in the series as some were not available on audible and went straight for this on. It was very easy to pick up and hugely interesting set in a new province. Some well described skirmishes and an interesting insight into the period. A recommend!

What other book might you compare The Eagle in the Sand to, and why?

Ben Kane/Conn Iggulden

What about Russell Boulter’s performance did you like?

A change from the previous books gave Cato a much more grown voice sound reflecting his experience

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

Laugh and got the heart rate going!

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  • Simon
  • 01-03-17

Macro, Cato and The Holy Ghost

I said I wouldn't wait another year before I came back to this series and this time I have only resisted for a couple of months. It's great fun, action packed and the dynamic duo of Macro and Cato have a good chemistry between them. The machinations of Narcissus give a reasonable(ish) excuse to keep the pair together despite their relatively senior rank.

This time they are thrown into the powder keg of post-messiah Judea and of course there is treachery from both without and within their own ranks. Macro continues to be part football hooligan and part charismatic leader with the more cerebral Macro providing an excellent foil to the older man's rather more unpredictable approach.

Scarrow touches new ground with his take on Christianity's early days which adds to the intrigue without ever becoming overly judgemental or allowing the action to falter. In terms of historical detail this does take the focus away from the legions themselves though.

All in all another very enjoyable episode.

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  • David B.
  • 05-23-19

Good Story !!!!

again a good story line with well developed characters only minus was the introduction of a different narrator who changed the principal characters dialects from the previous stories

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  • erickhen
  • 05-14-19

Appalling pronunciation

The mispronounciation of the names of the main characters throughout the Eagle series of audiobooks ruins what are otherwise very good stories.
It would be almost tolerable to listen to the same mispronunciation except that there is no consistency and it varies from book to book.

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  • Mongfhind
  • 03-14-19

Great story, narration not so good.

Another enjoyable Cato and Macro adventure. Narration still could be improved upon. Russel Boulder has a good clear speaking voice which is expressive and well paced. However his poor pronunciation of character and place names is irritating and lapse into Scouse when characterising Macro doesn’t fit well either and sounds ridiculous.

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  • nicholas
  • 02-22-19

Scouse Romans’?

Bit strange hearing this with a bit of a Scouse twang but still a flipping good listen.

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  • Dr. Martin Tn Knight
  • 12-23-18

Another page turner

Clever immersing engaging thriller. Petra was made to come alive. The heat of the sun so true. Escaping their situations expected

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  • Ian Brown
  • 09-30-18

Outstanding performance.

Really good listen, captures the varied characters as always but nervous about going to Keeble.

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  • D. J. Wilkinson
  • 09-21-18

Another great book in the series

I never tire of Simon Scarrow’s books. Well written, interesting and exciting. I love the characters and the scrapes they get into. Recommend

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  • Southyorks1234
  • 05-18-18

Good story but not Scarrow's best

It is good to have Macro and Cato sent to a different country than in earlier books. However, the story disappointed me. It didn't seem to have the same pace as the earlier books. The plot had something missing. I can't put my finger on what was missing but the book just left me disappointed overall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-19

Battle scenes spectacular.

Well plotted, superb narration, rich character development and a breakneck pace of deceit, warfare and deadly danger. His best audiobook yet for me which surprised as it was my least favourite book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-19

Great intrigue and action in the ancient world.

Great intrigue and action in the ancient world. Historical fiction action fans will enjoy this and the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-19

Brilliant

Great way of bringing christianity into the story, I would imagine that is how Christians were born I thought that was a great book in the series my favorite so far.

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  • Pamela
  • 01-01-18

continues to please!

Cato and Macro in the Middle East, just at the start of Christianity.Interesting historical backdrop as the characters continue to develop. They're currently negotiating a tricky point in their lives where Cato's growing capabilities begin to overtake his mentor's.