Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 06-12-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Wynn on 17-11-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By C Harlow on 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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