Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three Roman legions in the wilds of Germania. Varus, the general who led the ill-fated army, is long dead, and the bones of his 15,000 legionaries moulder in the forests. But not all the Romans were slain in the ambush. Centurion Tullus, a seasoned veteran, survived, and now he lives for revenge upon the tribal chieftain Arminius, who masterminded the ambush. Tullus will stop at nothing to kill his bitterest enemy or to recover his legion's lost Eagle.
At first, fortune seems to be with the Romans. Germanicus, the general appointed to lead punitive campaigns against the tribes, is resourceful and courageous. His armies are vast, dwarfing those of the enemy, and the initial clashes are won by the legions. Yet Arminius is far from defeated. Charismatic and determined, he gathers together thousands of warriors for a second time. Their purpose is to visit death and destruction upon Rome's legions, to repeat what was done five years before. Stalking Germanicus' forces day and night, they watch and wait for the perfect moment to strike.
Can Tullus prevent another disaster? And will he ever recover his legion's Eagle?
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I feel that the title is misleading. There was very little if any hunting of the lost eagles. Whilst the book was an enjoyable listen, it felt like it was just a place filler to stretch the series. It just did not seem to have a purpose in my eyes.
The characters spring to life once more, eloquently voiced, from restrained emotions, to the full throated roar of battle. The author's understanding of his time, not pulling the punches of deprivation, depicting the agonies that created sworn enemies for Rome in a sensitive manner that provides an insight for the reader.
Lucius Comminius Tullus (who we met in Eagles at War). Demoted, frustrated, and feeling the pain of separation from his cohort and the guilt of surviving the rout of the legions in Germania. David Rintoul creates this complex personality so authentically, that the reader feels his pain, shares his sorrow and sympathises with his rebellious determination to clear his name. Despite all this, the reader must listen in awe as he stiffens to attention as the battle horns blare, & Tullus must assume command of his battle weary men once more!
As a blind reader I find David Rintoul's rendition of Tullus completely convincing. He is the centurion, mildly rebellious in his determination to find out what has happened to his centuries Eagle, totally devoted to giving proper burial to his men and retrieve the good name of his cohort before clearing his own name. Pure grit, honest anger, yet clarity of command are portrayed with immense skill.
It reduced me to tears, left me feeling I had met an honorable man who had been treated dishonorably, which made me angry on his behalf. I also laughed when Tullus and his optio went to Rome against the ban imposed on them, becane truly anxious when he put his faith in Caesar Germanicus, as well as feeling frustrated when the book ended...
I can't wait for the next book in this wonderful series. I am a dedicated Simon Scarrow fan and didn't think I could find anything to equal his Eagles series, however this is very powerful competition, for which I am very grateful
Absolutely bloody brilliant
It's just like all of Ben's other books a gripping story with intense fight scenes and characters you could relate to.
David did a great performance and gave each character his own style of voice.
Im not putting a spoiler in this comment but there is a part when looting......
I couldn't stop listening. The character Tullus is well portrayed and the atmosphere described will make you think you was in the thick of it. the Author also gives a brief description of the camps and Roman terminology used so if you don't know what a principia or testudo is you will.
Another fantastic yarn from Mr Kane, thoroughly enjoyed it from one end to the other! Unfortunatley I now have to wait another whole year to find what happens to Tullus and co!
David Rintoul is the best narrator I've heard so far! His master of the characters is unbelievable. Ben Kane writes and an excellent story that is engaging, fun and interesting.
Tulles. The main character is the most developed.
The best narration I've heard.
This book Gripped me from the first chapter. full of action and great characters. Ben Kane is almost as good an author as Giles Kristan. Highly recommend this book!
"Excellent historical fiction "
One of the best historical fiction books that I have listened to. Characters were developed in depth and very believable. Performance was excellent.
"Only finished because of Rintoul's narration"
Didn't realize that this was (seemingly) part of an ongoing saga... It finished without any real climax! I might have rated it higher if it did. Perhaps targeted at young males happy to hear repetitious expression of honor, shame and courage in battle.
This is certainly one of the best. If you enjoy the genre, do not miss this one.
Tullius, the hero of the story, was well done. Good character development. Indeed, the story is filled with interesting characters.
Really superior. The book reminded of Bernard Cornwell's efforts...high praise indeed.
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