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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-16

A gripping second adventure in a memorable series

What did you like most about Hunting the Eagles?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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!

What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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...

Any additional comments?

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

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-15

A Roman Century revealed

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

Highly recommended as a Roman outpost is revealed & the leading characters begin to forge a lifetime bond, the readers are admitted to the Century with admiral skill and direct tutelage.

What other book might you compare Under the Eagle to, and why?

Impossible! The expert knowledge of the writer reveals Imperial Roman concepts, structure, and power with sympathy, demonstrating the breathtaking stoicism of the Legions and the brotherhoods formed in an utterly visionary way.

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favourite?

Macro! Grumpy, taciturn, dedicated Legionaire. From the top of his crested helmet to his sandalled feet David Thorpe brings the character to come alive with skill and sincerity.

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

The gruff protectiveness of the older more experienced man as he begins to form a fatherly interest in Cato, and the reciprocation of that friendship.

Any additional comments?

I'm thoroughly hooked, looking forward to listening to the other titles particularly as my maiden name is Caesar, from whom my family is descended. In Simon Scarrows hands Rome lives

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