While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands. In the chaotic aftermath, large bands of the island's slaves begin to revolt and local bandits, taking advantage of the slave rebellion, urge the Cretans to overthrow the Roman administration. With many of the island's troops either killed or wounded during the earthquake, the governor of the province calls on Macro and Cato for help. Can they move swiftly enough to counter the rebellion before it sweeps the Romans from the island?
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"I don't need this kind of compeition." (Bernard Cornwall)
For the same reason that pop groups keep popular by making similar sounding music that theircfans are familiar with so Simon Scarrows weaves new adaptations of familiarcthemes around two familiar and much loved heros. Sameish ? yes disappointed ? no, and on to the next adventure
Never expected these books to be so compulsive. The characters grow on you and I'd say if you like Bernard Cornwell or Patrick Mercer, you'll like these after a while
it sucks you into a world of combat, politics and friendship. Refusing to let you go until you know the fate of each character. It let's you like every character and begrudgingly you respect the bad guys.
I will be revisiting this author again.
This is my favourite so far! Full of action and excitement, with a totally unpredictable plot. And just secretly, I have a riduculous crush on Macro - a totally fictitious character, lol.
I enjoyed this instalment of the macro and Kari series. Kato really does and tries everything. I assume he will end up emperor by the end of the series.
Apparently very unhelpful?
Yes. Well paced with a great story and interesting characters. If you enjoy action, adventure and mystery all rolled into one then this book will do well by you.
Macro. He facilitates smiles and chuckles throughout.
A vivid and dramatic recounting which is well paced.
Good clean fun.
Yes, because I love Scarrow's series on centurions. This one is especially interesting because of the complexities of the local plot -- a slave revolt on Crete -- intertwined with the political implications for the Roman Empire.
Yes. There are very interesting twists and unexpected turns, as when Julia is captured by the rebel gladiator and is later freed by Cato.
The final attack by sea and land on the rebels' encampment.
This is one of Scarrow's better efforts.
"Good one, better than expected"
The evocation of how hard and precarious life was, especially of course for those who were born slaves or ended up as slaves. It also brought me closer to the sense of what life must have felt like.
I enjoyed the book more than certain negative reviews had led me to expect. I don't entirely disagree with their objections (the romance, a certain novelistic crudeness -- I don't mean crude language! -- implausible elements such as the senator sending his daughter away for her safety when it seems at least as dangerous to expose her to the huge numbers of marauding slaves), but on the whole they did not bother me too much, perhaps because I was not looking for literary perfection.
"The Macro & Cato Show Continues"
If u like the Macro & Cato books which if u are considering getting the 9th of the series I assume u somewhat know what they are about, this book is above average. They have the luck of Ulysses & end up on Crete after a huge earthquake where there is a slave uprising... thats what happens to pent up aggression pushed upon a certain caste when they are finally allowed to strike back at they're 'captors'. I like the gladiator "fighting honor" & it really shows how mankind can do the exact opposite of banding together & overcoming but when slavery still exists I guess there's not much brotherly love around lol.
It is another worthy addition to the duo's climb within the Roman hierarchy & entertaining mix of the 2 opposite personalities, but with an added almost 'in-law' uncomfortability while traveling with ur loved one, a situation that can lead not only to the death of the ones u love to not measuring up to a fathers expectations...
"Another great story"
Exciting finish! Always a fun read. Macro and Cato have become like family to me now.
"excellent But !"
probably, its a good book.
A great book as are all the authors others. However in hind site to be PC should'nt I be rooting for the slaves to win ?
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