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The Honour of Rome

By: Simon Scarrow
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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A stunning novel of courage, camaraderie and deadly enemies from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Centurion and The Emperor's Exile.

AD 58. Britannia. Tension is simmering. Danger lies round every corner for Rome's brave soldiers....

Fifteen years after Rome's invasion of Britannia, centurion Marco is back. The island is settled now, bustling with commerce. Macro's goal is to help run his mother's Londinium Inn, and exploit his land grant. He's prepared for the dismal weather and the barbaric ways of the people. But far worse dangers threaten all his plans. 

A gang led by an ex-legionary rules the city, demanding protection money and terrorising those who won't pay up. The Roman official in charge has turned a blind eye. Macro has to act. He needs the back-up of the finest soldier he knows: Prefect Cato. But Cato is in distant Rome. Or is he? 

As the streets run red with blood, the army's heroes face an enemy as merciless and cunning as any barbarian tribe. The honour of Rome is in their hands....

For listeners of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Ben Kane - unstoppable fiction from an author who knows the Roman world like no other.

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

©2021 Simon Scarrow (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Living tools to be used until they are broken."

Macro has retired to Britain with his wife, Petronella, to enjoy a peaceful life together farming their patch of veteran's land and assisting his mother in the inn she and he together owned in Londinium. Cato was also heading for Britain, having had to leave Rome swiftly and secretly to protect Claudia, Nero's ex lover. Together again they face more blood and battling than any retired veteran might reasonably expect.

The audiobook was again narrated by Jonathan Keeble. His performance was superb, flowing with the action be it military or more personal, investing emotion where needed and generally carrying the reader through the trials and tribulations of 'peaceful' retirement. And, of course, every protagonist is given a personal, unique voice (with, delightfully, the spy, Appolonius, sounding very much like Julian Clarey).

As a fan of books set in the ancient Roman era, I have delighted in Simon Scarrow's eagle series since book one, when Cato and Macro first met.. Now in Book 20 of the series, it is every bit as good: great characters, good story lines, atmospheric, told with a deceptively simple feel of the present which provides a vivid sense of being there.
A definite recommendation.

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Another adventure!

Macro & Cato do it again! Always a good read and enjoyable characters! Can’t wait for the next adventure!

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Can't wait for Legate Cato and Camp Prefect Macro

I love how this series is playing perfectly into Boudica's rebellion and how the author has set the scene, very very early on on in the series, that we can reasonably expect a finale to be set around the year of the four emperors.

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Another Great story! They keep getting better!

Can't wait for the next volume. Simon Scarrow somehow out does himself with each new episode in the series!

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awesome

typical lovable story that I have grown to love. can't wait for the next rendition of story.

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keeble is the best narrator in the business

excellent story and excellent narration as always. this whole series has been nothing but a delight

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Gripping story, first rate narration

We get a change from the set-piece battles in this story of crime and gang violence in Londinium, with Macro having a starring role at the beginning, then Cato joining him to battle the overwhelming crime of Roman London. This is also a soldier's tale, as it's the warriors of Rome, with their skilfully led allies, who take on the unequal battle to free a city.. Lots of great by-play fleshes out characters. Jonathan Keeble, as usual, sounds like a full cast all on his own, and grippingly narrates fight scenes, making the shouting and clash realistic. Excellent performance!

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another home run.

great addition to the series. I like the time we spent with the hole gang together again.

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Fantastic.

Another fantastic book from Simon Scarrow. Jonathan Keeble as the narrator kills it as always. If you know Roman history, Boudicca should be an important character in the next few books. 10/10 recommend this series.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-15-21

"Living tools to be used until they are broken."

Macro has retired to Britain with his wife, Petronella, to enjoy a peaceful life together farming their patch of veteran's land and assisting his mother in the inn she and he together owned in Londinium. Cato was also heading for Britain, having had to leave Rome swiftly and secretly to protect Claudia, Nero's ex lover. Together again, they face more blood and battling than any retired veteran might reasonably expect.

The audiobook was narrated by Jonathan Keeble. His performance was superb, flowing with the action be it military or more personal, investing emotion where needed and generally carrying the reader through the trials and tribulations of 'peaceful' retirement. And, of course, every protagonist is given a personal, unique voice (with, delightfully, the spy, Appolonius, sounding very much like Julian Clarey).

As a fan of books set in the ancient Roman era, I have delighted in Simon Scarrow's eagle series since book one, when Cato and Macro first met.. Now in Book 20 of the series, it is every bit as good: great characters, good story lines, atmospheric, told with a deceptively simple feel of the present which provides a vivid sense of being there.
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  • Tracey H
  • 11-12-21

The Honour of Rome

Enjoyed very much , only disappointment is that I have to wait a year for the next one

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  • Mr. J. R. Daniel
  • 08-25-22

Want action combined with a bit of history? Look no further

Another superb tale woven by Mr. Scarrow full of action and a little history. Every bit as good as the rest!

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  • Jackos
  • 08-12-22

excellent

He writes a good story of Britain in where the Romans still ruled Britain.
plenty of action very well described sometimes very blood thirsty . definite line of good and evil and you are drawn into the story where you too want revenge. A lively ,exciting book and well read.

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  • martin a brown
  • 08-09-22

Brilliant

Another great listen from this brilliant author excellent details and gripping stories to go with all the Macro and Cato adventures

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  • Paul Woolley
  • 08-07-22

Not his best

Story predictable & boring in parts.I gave up in the end as it was inevitable what would finally happen.

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  • Ben mayes
  • 06-13-22

Awesome

Absolutely amazing, I cannot wait for the next to release!! Perhaps release it a few months early?!?

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  • shaun belcher
  • 05-09-22

Very enjoyable

My first Audible book from this series.
I enjoyed the narration and the story.

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  • Hugo H.
  • 04-21-22

The honour of Rome

Absolutely love these books. Another cracking listen, macro and Cato are great characters, can’t wait for the next

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  • Nicola
  • 04-12-22

Excellent

Great plot, terrific characters and brilliantly read as always. Long may the series continue - except this looks like the last for now at least.

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  • Arran Ferguson
  • 12-28-21

Back to his best

Rollicking story.
He’s deformity back to his best. And the narrator was magnificent as usual.

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  • Richard
  • 11-18-21

Absolutely terrible

I will never buy another Simon Scarrow audio book. The language was foul, the plot was worse than second rate and the narration has deteriorated especially in relation to Centurion Macro. This used to be a great series of books but has passed its used by date. There are much better historical novels on the market. Be warned!

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  • David
  • 01-21-22

Action, action, action!

Excellent story line, with first rate narration bringing the characters to life. Cannot wait for the next adventure in the series.

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  • Jeremy
  • 11-30-21

yeah the boys!!

amazing story!! a masterpiece as always.
bring on the next
cant get enough of these two

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  • Victor
  • 11-27-21

Fun, enjoyable adventure focused on Macro

Fun setting.
Macro focused story is a nice change.
If you’ve been following their journey, you’ll be familiar with the style and enjoy it.
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Colourful characters and sticky predicaments around the corners.
While quite predictable in the premise.
The story was fun and I enjoyed the change of pace.

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  • Marc Percival
  • 11-27-21

Ripping yarn, Macro's profanity not monstrous

Back to Britannica, excellent swashbuckling novel with a twisting turning plot that sets us up for more vanquishing of the maniacal Britons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-21

just keeps getting better

the only bad thing about this book is we have to wait a year before we get the next one, loved it

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  • Jon
  • 11-14-21

Scarrow strikes again

Interesting to have the majority of the book dedicated to Macro, much like the previous one had been directed at Cato. However, great to have them together again