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Invictus

Eagles of the Empire, Book 15
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 15
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Invictus is a gripping, authentic and exciting audiobook of the Roman army from best-selling author Simon Scarrow. Not to be missed by fans of Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell.

It is AD 54. The soldiers of the Roman army patrol a growing empire from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, from the Atlantic to the banks of the Nile. Rome brutally enforces its rule, and its legions are the most efficient and aggressive fighting force in the world. Two battle-scarred veterans of this army, Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro, have survived years of campaigning in Britannia and have been recalled to Rome.

Their time in the teeming, dangerously political city is short, and soon they are travelling with the Praetorian Guard to Spain, a restless colony where simmering tension in the face of Roman rule is aggravated by bitter rivalry amongst the natives. The challenges that face two old friends and their comrades in arms are unlike any they have seen before - in a land that declares itself unconquerable.

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Cato- How much more can one man take?

Having completed three books dragging our heroes through the snow, rain and ice of our own British Isles Scarrow returns them to sunnier climes. But there's no warm reception for them in Rome and this author seems intent on tearing poor Cato apart piece by bloody piece. He gets a battering in almost every imaginable way in this one and there are signs of a newer Cato emerging as a result. Possibly even one we won't actually like quite so much . . . Macro on the other hand is as redoubtable and unbending as ever.

I thought that after the fabulous mini-series of three books in Britannia that this one might be a little bit of a breather in some ways but no our two heroes are beset on all sides and come up against an old adversary or two from their earlier days. Most of these books can be taken stand-alone but for reasons like this taking them in order adds significantly to the experience.

Simply put, another fine episode in a fabulous series brought to life by one of the best narrators in the business ending with a great setup for the next book.

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Best Scarrow yet

Still enjoyable, witty and gripping but with new plot and character complexity and an outstanding performance by Jonathan Keeble who brings an extraordinary James Mason back from the dead cameo for the surgeon. Great stuff.

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  • 26-11-16

moral dilemma<br />

I have listened to the whole series and loved them. This is again an excellent story.. but ... I struggle to support the Romans cause.
Good soldiers manipulated by politicians. Does it sound familiar?
Cat's conscience is troubling him.

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Invictus

Since I've lost my fight I find audible books superb... This book along with all Simon Scarrow books second to none. Would recommend 100%

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read the book but better with this performance

excellent story only surpassed by the performance of the narrator great as a book excellent as an audio book

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Again pure fun

A good read
Wonderful story telling Scarrow is fantastic
Keep writing them please
Two more words

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Another Good Yarn

Simon Scarrow has done it again by presenting another tale involving his two main characters, Cato and Macro. I have followed their exploits over the years, and not yet been disappointed. His knowledge of Roman history is impressive.
More please.

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Well thought out. Action packed and funny!

Fantastic narrator who gives it his all, especially in the fight scenes. Would really recommend.

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poor cato

if you've read my reviews of other books by Simon scarrow you will see I am a huge fan and all of the eagle series are 5* ,but the treatment of our hero in the first few chapters is unkind. nevertheless the story is great and another great read. my first read of this one as I've read all the others at least twice. next please......

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Absolutely love this series.

Full of action, politics and always an all engrossing story, Simon Scarrow's series is top notch!

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  • 20-12-18

Another excellent performance

Great novel taking our boys to another part of the empire, where things are just not what they seem. Jonathan Keeble does his usual absolutely outstanding performance on this - another member of my household, hearing this and not knowing, thought several different people were narrating this, his voicing is so good. He paces Simon Scarrow's plot and tension extremely well and brings the characters of this book alive. This book is one in a particular story arc within the series. The next is out and is a must read (or listen).

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  • 10-01-17

Outstanding Roman military adventure

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in Roman military history and adventure fiction,

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

I am a great fan of Jonathan Keeble. He is a very talented narrator, maintaining an agreeable and steady voice throughout, as well as performing different voices credibly.

Any additional comments?

Having read many of Scarrow's novels, I must say this is one of the best.

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  • 24-11-16

Great story

I love this book just like all the rest of the series i would say it was A lot more predictable than others but that could be i have read or listen to most of the authors book i have gotten use to his style still one of my favorite authors.