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Summary

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.

©2015 Simon Scarrow (P)2015 Headline Digital

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Scarrow's Triumph

There's no doubt about it in my mind. Simon Scarrow should be awarded a Triumph and be paraded through the streets of Rome to the cheers of thronging crowds made up of his adoring listeners. To keep a series going this long to this standard is a rare thing and to raise the bar as he has with this Britannic trilogy within the series the way he has is something I find admirable. For anyone that doesn't agree there is a role for them in a traditional Triumph :-)

This is a book full of inventive action with imaginative skirmishes and major battles of massively different types. The wonderful British tribes continue to torture the Roman invaders in all manner of fiendish ways but possibly the toughest enemy is the British weather. It's a huge slog for our favourite pair of Roman legionaries and they are tested in ways that stretch even their now legendary reserves of courage, strength and fortitude.

The narration, well of course it's Mr Keeble, one of Audible's true A-listers and so you can be sure it's of absolutely the highest standards.

It seems that finally Macro and Cato are set to shake off the rains, snow and ice of Britain in the next book. They are heading off for warmer but you'd guess not safer climes. However this trilogy of books set in my homeland will live in the memory a long, long time.

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"Perpetual Winter of the Soul"

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.

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Another fantastic performance for a fantastic book

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.

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Brilliant

Brilliant story, great narrator, scarrow should be proud, a great book to listen to, macro and Cato at their best.

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  • ian
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  • 12-06-17

great read.

overall a very good story with a great ending well read smoothly easy to listen too.

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The power of friendship

This was a cracking good story, the cold winter weather, the indomitable spirit and strict training of an army, the comradeship between the soldiers were so well written and performed it was as if the reader was really there. Even the soldiers language sounded authentic. Well worth reading to get a glimpse into the politics of Rome translated into lives as numbers which can be used as pawns. While at the same time experiencing the raw emotions of men in the front line. Wonderful do yourself a favour and "read" it!

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Another great story of Macro and Cato..SUPURB READ

What did you like most about Britannia?

The action sequences well described and the narrator increased the pace to make the action seem dynamic

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between the two heroes and the camaraderie and language used between military men was in my opinion authentic e.g. the swearing and cursing was correct and appropriate, the way the two heroes bounce off each other is brilliant.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This performance was equal to the last one Jonathan Keeble does the business once again this narrator is in my opinion superb

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Macro saving Cato with a bash over the head during the retreat

Any additional comments?

IF YOU ARE A FAN OF SCARROW BUY THIS YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED

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Continuing with the same enjoyable adventures

good narration and another good story. very enjoyable. With the usual great characters and historical undertones.

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Really enjoyable listen.

As usual, with Cornwell a great story that moves along quickly. If you know the characters you'll like this bok.

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Outstanding

Simon Scarrow at his gripping best. I never get tired of this series of books.

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  • richard york
  • 26-01-17

One of the best in the series

emotionally powerful, but also filled with the battles we have come to love. Dramatic ending

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  • Paul Harris
  • 10-01-16

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.

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  • william kulhanek
  • 01-01-16

Best yet

I have Read every book in this series and hands-down this is the best one yet