4 5 mini review I thought this was much better than it s predecessor, Under the Eagle The Eagle s Conquest focuses on the invasion of Britain by the Romans, covering three battles up to the capture of Camulodunum modern day Colchester, Wikipedia tells me , and the greater scope of the book compared to the first one makes it a lot exciting We ve got battles, we ve got a kinda bad love story, we ve got politics and assassinations, and Scarrow deftly brings people from history to life though not terribly historically accurately, I don t think Vespasian and Vitellius and General Plautius and Emperor Claudius all get properly fleshed out into characters of their own, alongside Optio Cato and Centurion Macro some of them you want to give a hug, and others you d like to beat over the head with a stick.Like most light historical novels, this is the kind of book best read on public transport or other long journeys I have read many exciting, envigorating, complex and dark historical novels, and whilst The Eagle s Conquest is not really on par with those kinds of books, if you take it as what it is, it is certainly an enjoyable read.Read of my reviews on my blog The Legions brought a chainsaw to a sword fight Someone asked me how could I like Simon Scarrow s novel so much when I know that it s not historical accurate that I should be put off by the swearing in his novels That s exactly the point why I m such a fan of Scarrow s Eagles series He doesn t romanticize war or politics The author doesn t pretend to be historically accurate unlike some authors when there really not The reality is that history can be as dry as the papyrus it was written on The Eagle s Conquest is the second in the series and a bit of a beast Cato and Marco along with their Second Legion buddies find themselves chopping through several engagements, from the Tamis Thames to Camulodunum Colchester Tension is kept high due to the volume of conflicts and the pace of the novel Throw in conspiracies and a bit of love tension and mesh it altogether Then you ve got a fairly believable living and breathing story What the Roman s need is a set piece battle They are not trained or equipped to fight a guerrilla war General Plautius decides to push towards Caratacus tribal capital of Camulodunum and push he does The Second Legion suffer heavy causalities on the way, through a series of direct engagements and filtering of poor orders from the General s staff Marco and Cato find themselves bogged down in a marsh then wading across the Thames where they have to fight for a beachhead across the shingles on the opposite bank of the river outnumbered 4 1 will they make it Tune in next week folksOne of the reasons I enjoy Simon Scarrow s novel so much is the way he handles the social structure within the Legions From the lowest legionaries at this point legionaries are from from various different provinces Gaul and Germania and obviously Romans It s the same for the aristocratic in the sense that you no longer had to come from one of the famous lines of Roman houses Julio Claudian, Scipio, Paullus etc etc, to become a Legate or Senator Gone were the days of courage and loyalty, now were the days of money and how much one could kiss the Emperor s arse Power by now was brought with the Legions loyalties, money was power In this case, it is said that the Praetorian Guard appointed Claudius as Emperor due to his many infirmities Was he a fool Possibly However I digress we get to read where Vespasian family line descended from His father was a lowly Centurion previously Where Tribune Vitellius family descend from good genealogical seeds Vitellius uses people for his own gain and ambitions, where Vespasian cares about his men and obviously his position The two become embroiled in their rivalry again, thanks to the Tribunes discovery of Vespasian s wife dealings with a anti Claudian faction within the Empire So we get to see Roman politicking at its best conspiracy, murder, counter claims, covert operations Did they ever leave Rome behind Opito Cato is such a likeable character A modern day geek in a Roman Legion if you will A seventeen year old boy, a lover of books and poetry He becomes infatuated with Lavina, a slave to Vespasian s wife A person who shouldn t be in the army, but finds himself there out of both where and who he was born to Centurion Macro is the mirror opposite, he is a soldier s soldier Crass, a womaniser, reliable and a believer in Rome s virtues coughs he fights because he believes in what they do They balance each other well as their chalk and cheese in personality Some of the new characters that appealed include a former Carthaginian named Nissus, apparently a descended of the Barca family tree, he is a surgeon and befriends Cato until Vitellius gets his claws into him Actually that s about it with new characters I can t think of anyone else to mention Emperor Claudius joined the campaigning in Britain when the Legions were about to crush Camulodunum this actually happened He brought his Praetorian Guard, some elephants and a military genius that was borderline destructive to the Legions You can imagine the bemused look Aulus Plautius might of had when he learnt that elephants were going to be used for the assault We actually get to read how this might of actually happened in this novel The Eagle s Conquest is a great read if you enjoy military novels The pacing is about right, couple that with everything else mentioned above, I d say if you can look past the crass language I enjoy it gives the feeling of the social divide in Roman society and of the Legions then you re going to enjoy this Good fun. I really, really enjoyed this second book in the Eagle series Simon Scarrow writes very well and both his story and his characters come to life I m very happy I gave this series a chance and am hopng the rest of the series is just as good. Scarrow really understands the Romans He makes their warfare and politics so much fun with these characters Cato especially Great war scenes with the perfect amount of suspense and action The historical element is not over powering and provides great information description of that times Oh and I hate Vitellius haha. Estamos No Ano Antes De Cristo As Tem Veis Legi Es Do Imperador Cl Udio Desembarcaram Nas Costas Da Brit Nia E Preparam Se Para Uma Das Mais Terr Veis E Sanguin Rias Campanhas Na Hist Ria De Roma Sob A Guia Da Segunda Legi O, Macro Um Centuri O Veterano, E Cato O Seu Lugar Tenente, V O Ter De Ir Ao Encontro Do Inimigo Antes Que Este Cres A Ainda Mais Que, A Cada Dia Que Passa, Aumenta O N Mero De Bret Es Enfurecidos E Dispostos A Morrer Pela Sua Ilha Infelizmente, Os Selvagens Da Brit Nia N O S O O Nico Perigo Que As Legi Es Correm Uma Conspira O De Poderosos Aristocratas Romanos Procura Minar O Imperador Cl Udio Para Tal, Est O Dispostos A Sacrificar A Campanha Contra Os Bret Es E, Se Necess Rio, A Vida De Todos Os Legio N Rios Para Sobreviver, Macro E Cato V O Ter Que Agir Muito Depressa Mas Quando A Campanha Amea A Trans Formar Se Num Desastre As Op Es N O S O Muitas 7 10This was a similar outing to the first novel in the series with the relationship growing stronger between Cato and Macro, the treachery growing stronger within the political ranks and a good number of well described battle sequences.There wasn t much wrong with this novel other than the bits seemed to plod between the battles It was slow to get going but when things kicked off it got going The dialogue was also the same as the first which could be seen as a bit trashy but I quite enjoyed the banter.The assassination plot of the Emperor was a little weak and you always new what was coming but there is plenty to be explored in this series I look forward to picking up in the series and seeing how things progress.If you like this try Dissolution by C J Sansom Insisto en que la mejor manera de no fumar es no empezar a fumar jam s Pasa lo mismo con algunos libros G nero Novela hist rica Lo que nos cuenta En el a o 43 de la era cristiana la ocupaci n romana de la isla de Britania no est siendo tan r pida y segura como se preve a, porque los britanos no colaboran El emperador planea visitar el lugar para animar a las legiones pero parece que hay un complot en su contra Segundo libro de la serie de Quinto Licinio Cato Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite Continua a saga, maravilhosa, da guia Transportando nos para um ambiente m gico e tenebroso, em que, por vezes, se torna dif cil de imaginar como seria a vida nesse passado remoto Hist ria, bem esgalhada, com um bom equil brio entre a a o e a narrativa Venha o pr ximo Obrigado Simon. Cuando termine de leer el primer libro no sabia si continuar con la serie por que se me hizo muy lento el primer libro y muy pesado pero pens en seguir por que normalmente las primeras partes de las series no son las mejores y tenia muy buenos comentarios este segundo libro, en lo personal se me hizo mas aburrido que el primero, mas lento y mas pesado, no puede ser que en casi 600 paginas Simon Scarrow nos cuente tan poco Muy decepcionante, ahora si me queda claro que no seguir con esta serie. What strikes me most about this book, and to a certain extent the previous book in the series too, is just how different it is to the author s non Roman period fiction.For someone who is routinely trotted out as one of the best authors of Roman fiction, it surprises me just how bland and un engaging a novel Scarrow puts out.For a little context, the first of Scarrow s book that I read was Sword and Scimitar set around the sixteenth century siege of Malta It was ripe with betrayal, battle, blood, believable battle sequences and a rich depth to the character s, often flawed, personalities and histories.Compare such an invigorating tome with a pair of books where there is precious little depth to any of the characters beyond occasional almost throwaway attempts at adding meat to the character s bones, and you ll hopefully see where I m disappointed.The overwhelming feel of the book is of a very militarist outlook at the Roman conquest of Britain told supposedly from the viewpoint of three characters Macro and Cato, whom the series is primarily based around, and Vespasian The battle scenes have far a feel of rigidity and formula than the chaotic bloodsoaked frenzy that you feel from other authors depictions.More attention seems to have been paid to noting and reciting various statistical details and minutiae of the logistical running of the campaign than giving the reader anything human to grasp onto.The whole book is so underwhelming and staid that it s at times like this I can honestly say if I hadn t so rashly been out and already got the remaining books in the series, I could quite easily have ditched the series here and now.Practically all the elements of this book have been done so much better by other authors the practically tangible feel so realistic you could step into the book you get from Douglas Jackson s Claudius, the bone deep realism of Vespasian in Robert Fabbri s Vespasian series or the ever intriguing, internecine and often colubrine social dynamics you get in Anthony Riches excellent, and far superior, Empire series.The standard of characterisation is at such a relatively minimal two dimensional level that you could pick and choose almost any character from this book and slot them straight into any other Roman fiction and they d be just as invisible and unremarkable.The most torturous part The fact I know I have almost ten books in this series before it ll be complete or at least up to date without even including the various tangential off shoots.They d better improve fast or they ll be confined to gathering dust for some time Not so badly written that you could pin disliking it on that, just so woefully bland and flat that it prevents you from engaging with it.It does pick up a little towards the tail end of the book, around the time of the climactic battle before Camulodunum, along with the cobbled together conspiracy finally doing something like come to fruition, but by that stage of the book the lacklustre effect is already to ingrained to remove and it gets a little predictable.Anyone with an interest in military history or a background in one of the armed forces are the ideal target audience for this book, and it s pretty evident that Scarrow is or was a lecturer in military studies Everyone else could well find this a Marmite series You either love it or hate it And right now, on a scale between love and hate, I m edging past huffing, drooping shoulders and sighing.
Simon Scarrow is a UK based author, born in Nigeria, and now living in Norfolk He completed a master s degree at the University of East Anglia, and, after working at the Inland Revenue, went into teaching as a lecturer at City College, Norwich.He is best known for his Eagle series This is Roman empire military fiction, starting with the second invasion of Britain, and continuing with subsequen
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