Roman Britain, AD 52. The western tribes, inspired by the Druids' hatred of the Romans, prepare to make a stand. But can they match the discipline and courage of the legionaries?
Wounded during a skirmish, Centurion Macro remains behind in charge of the fort as Centurion Cato leads an invasion deep into the hills. Cato's mission: to cement Rome's triumph over the natives by crushing the Druid stronghold. But with winter drawing in, the terrain is barely passable through icy rain and snowstorms.
When Macro's patrols report that the natives in the vicinity of the garrison are thinning out, a terrible suspicion takes shape in the battle-scarred soldier's mind. Has the acting Governor, Legate Quintatus, underestimated the enemy, his military judgement undermined by ambition? If there is a sophisticated and deadly plan afoot, it's Cato and his men who will pay the price.
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The wonderful Simon Scarrow is never better than when Cato and Macro are battling for Rome (and themselves) against the insurgents in Britain and this story is one of his best. Not much to it, really - they go, they fight, they struggle to return. But it is the journey along the way that fills our heads with the taste of what it must have been like to be a soldier for Rome with all of it's harshness and pain and the terrors of death. And of bravery and companionship, too. Set two thousand years ago but the eternals of friendship and courage are as modern as anything today.
We have grown to know our two main protagonists through many adventures in past books but there is always something new to learn. For me,there is a reality to their stories and the picture of life in the legions when death was delivered so up close and personal which is viscerally captured without undue melodrama. And interwoven are little daily life details like dice games and the paperwork needed for the smooth running of a fort.
The whole is narrated perfectly by Jonathan Keeble. He helps bring all of the characters to life and matches his reading to the pace of the story. An excellent book, highly recommended and, although knowledge of the earlier Eagle stories enhances the pleasure, this could certainly be enjoyed as a stand alone.
I really enjoyed this. Listened nonstop until the end. More please.
I just want to add Jonathan's performance brings the whole story to life he is really fantastic.
Thanks to all involved.
really sad it's over. would love to listen to more of cato and macro's adventures.
We've had Macro and Cato in a fort, Macro and Cato outside a fort and I think the author has been reading books about the Varusschlacht because we've now got Macro and Cato on a death-march through enemy territory. This would have been a bit of an earlier book and too much feels like filler now. Towards the end I was actually hoping he'd kill them off to save the series. But no. The sad thing is the earlier books were GREAT. This is just pretty ordinary.
"Romans in Northern England in the Winter"
Good story as always, with Macro and Cato fighting the Picts in Northern Britannia in the winter.
Wish all the other books in the series were available on Audible.
I have Read every book in this series and hands-down this is the best one yet
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