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Day of the Caesars

Eagles of the Empire, Book 16
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 16
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
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AD 55. The Emperor Claudius is dead. Nero rules. His half-brother Britannicus has also laid claim to the throne. A bloody power struggle is underway.

All Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro want is a simple army life, fighting with their brave and loyal men. But Cato has caught the eye of rival factions determined to get him on their side. To survive, Cato must play a cunning game and enlist the help of the one man in the empire he can trust: Macro. As the rebel force grows, legionaries and Praetorian Guards are moved like chess pieces by powerful and shadowy figures. A political game has created the ultimate military challenge. Can civil war be averted?

The future of the empire is in Cato's hands....

©2017 Simon Scarrow (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

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"A new book in Simon Scarrow's series about the Roman army is always a joy." ( The Times)
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Plotty Marvellous!

I’m the first to admit that my favourites in this series have seen the boys out there on campaign sticking it to some horde of hairy-arsed barbarians – especially us Brits! The cloak and dagger stuff I’m not normally not quite so keen on but this one just got me from the start. How Cato hasn’t quite lost his marbles completely is hard to fathom because Scarrow suddenly seems to have taken an extreme dislike to him and no amount of torture for him personally seems too much. In this we see more of the development of Cato as a man, a harder edge, a more cynical side coming to the fore. But he’s still a genuine hero and a man of honour. Macro, well age is catching up on him but he’s still Macro and we wouldn’t have him any other way! Blunt, direct, violent but has he finally met his match in a woman?

Our heroes are pitched into a Rome heaving with unrest following the death of the Emperor and Nero’s ascension to the purple. The whole place is seething with plot and counter plot and ready to erupt at any moment. Cato and Macro just want to be soldiers but Cato in particular is too valuable for either side to leave him alone and ghosts of the past come back to haunt him. It’s brilliant, fast-paced stuff with no quarter given or asked for and as usual Mr Keeble brings it to life in the manner to which we’ve become accustomed.

Cato tries to think his way through while Macro takes his usual battering ram approach throughout. I do promise you will be cheering him during the “cliffhanger” scene towards the end! I don’t know how long Simon Scarrow plans to keep these two going but I’ll be following them to the end!

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Yet another enthralling episode

Great storyline, superbly written , and Jonathan Keebles narration is outstanding. He really brings the characters to life.

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Action packed tale and well written

You will love the characters of Macro and Cato. They are funny and loveable. The other characters are well written too.

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a great read

Another thoroughly exciting book in the Cato and macro series. would recommend this to anyone who just likes a good story not necessarily historical.

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worth a read

I've loved the whole series and this is no different. Fast paced with the odd twist.

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love it

loved it and been loving the series of books in this story had me gripped though every one

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love these books

great book great author narrator good to highly recomend listened to it in one day

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Good as ever<br />

Excellent narration and compelling story. Looking for book 17 today. Scarrow brings history to life

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first class

Great book. Jonathan Keeble is the best narrator. looking forward to the next charter in Cato snd Macro's adventures

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One of the best yet for Scarrows, Cato &amp;amp; Macro duo

I have read and listened to all of the previous Eagle (Cato &amp; Macro) books and have enjoyed all of them, some more than others naturally, this book I was totally absorbed with and found the plot and pace of the book excellent. The narration as usual by Jonathan Keeble made the book a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to the next instalment.

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  • AllBookedUp
  • 21-01-20

Hail Simon Scarrow!

Of course book 16 in the Eagles of Empire series is great! Simon Scarrow continues his wonderful tales of Cato and Macro, and the narrator, Jonathan Keebler, does his consistently excellent narration to perfection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-18

you will be engrossed in the story from page one <br />

Awesome! captivating, mind blowing, master crafted and told in a such a way to bring the reader to a compelling crescendo! you just can't put the book down. you almost feel like you should hear it all at one sitting

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  • Jamie Dodson
  • 07-05-18

Rome in the time of Nero and its and it's Heroes

Simon Scarrow wrote another great Cato and Macro story. it just keeps getting better. can't wait for the next volume.

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  • C Harlow
  • 30-04-18

Simon Scarrow still amazing!

Cato and Macro adventures is one of my favorite historical fictions. Simon Scarrow allows you really visualize the actions taking place with very little words. I have read or listened to most historical fiction authors. In my opinion he surpasses even Bernard Cornwell with his ability to keep you inticed with the story and wanting more. The preform did a really good job also in using different word pronunciation to emphasize different character attributes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-17

one of the best

one of the best from my favorite author Simon Scarrow! very very very good indeed