The Eagle in the Sand : Eagles of the Empire

  • by Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by Russell Boulter
  • Series: Eagles of the Empire
  • 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you don't know Simon Scarrow, you don't know Rome!
The Eagle in the Sand is the action-packed seventh novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. Essential reading for fans of Bernard Cornwell.
Judaea in AD 46. Roman centurions Cato and Macro have been posted to Judaea for a 'hearts and minds' operation. The Empire needs to win over the locals after some of their religious figures have started revolts - and since the Romans crucified the last charismatic Judaean leader, the natives' rebellions have become bolder.
Not only are these small villages causing trouble, but there are also thousands of Parthians eager to fight Rome. With the threat of suicide attacks and even all-out war, Cato and Macro have their peace-keeping work cut out....

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What the Critics Say

"Scarrow's [novels] rank with the best." (Independent)

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Customer Reviews

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Thrilling read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Eagle in the Sand to be better than the print version?

I missed 4/5/6 in the series as some were not available on audible and went straight for this on. It was very easy to pick up and hugely interesting set in a new province. Some well described skirmishes and an interesting insight into the period. A recommend!


What other book might you compare The Eagle in the Sand to, and why?

Ben Kane/Conn Iggulden


What about Russell Boulter’s performance did you like?

A change from the previous books gave Cato a much more grown voice sound reflecting his experience


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

Laugh and got the heart rate going!


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- Mr T C

Macro, Cato and The Holy Ghost

I said I wouldn't wait another year before I came back to this series and this time I have only resisted for a couple of months. It's great fun, action packed and the dynamic duo of Macro and Cato have a good chemistry between them. The machinations of Narcissus give a reasonable(ish) excuse to keep the pair together despite their relatively senior rank.

This time they are thrown into the powder keg of post-messiah Judea and of course there is treachery from both without and within their own ranks. Macro continues to be part football hooligan and part charismatic leader with the more cerebral Macro providing an excellent foil to the older man's rather more unpredictable approach.

Scarrow touches new ground with his take on Christianity's early days which adds to the intrigue without ever becoming overly judgemental or allowing the action to falter. In terms of historical detail this does take the focus away from the legions themselves though.

All in all another very enjoyable episode.
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-06-2012
  • Publisher: Headline Digital