When the Eagle Hunts : Eagles of the Empire

  • by Simon Scarrow
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Eagles of the Empire
  • 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The third novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Roman series.
After a series of bloody battles, Camulodunum (modern-day Colchester) has fallen to the invading Roman army. The Emperor has returned to Rome, leaving the fearless Centurion Macro and his young Optio, Cato, to rest and regroup, along with the rest of the Second Legion.
As their leader, General Plautius, plans the next phase of their campaign, word arrives that the ship carrying his family to join him was wrecked in a storm off the south coast. His wife and children have fallen into the hands of a dark sect of Druids, who now demand the return of those of their brotherhood taken prisoner by the Romans. Unless their demands are met within one month, Plautius's family will be burned alive. Will Cato and Macro discover where the Druids are hiding their hostages? And can they find some way to rescue them before time runs out?

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And here I'm stuck!

It's a real shame (at least at the time of writing). This is such a great series, extremely well narrated, I love the characters but there are unfortunately gaps after this in the series which even after a year or two show no sign of being filled on Audible.

I'm determined to listen to these in order so will just have to wait. These books are still definitely worth reading but check out the gaps in the series first so you know what the situation is.
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- Simon

Sharpe's Legion

Where does When the Eagle Hunts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10 percentile.


What was one of the most memorable moments of When the Eagle Hunts?

Um... kinda hard without spoilers, but probably when Macro pretty much offered to pick a fight with a god.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The rescue at the cart. Very tense and with plenty of emotion, wonderfully conveyed.


Any additional comments?

I doubt I'm the first to draw comparisons between the Eagle series and Sharpe, but it is impossible not to see it. Swap Wellington for Vespasia, Sharpe for Macro and Harper for Cato and you're pretty much there. Well.. in terms of story format anyway. The characters are very different and are wonderfully realised by David Thorpe's outstanding performance. His skill with developing unique and identifiable voices for each and every character, while at the same time not compromising on the quality of the performance is remarkable. He has quickly become one of my favourite narrators.

The story of the book is pretty simple, but it is the telling of it which draws you in. The characters are wonderful - Macro is especially enjoyable as the simple, brutal Centurion who nevertheless is not totally inured to the horrors of war.

If you want solid historical military adventure then it's hard to think of any series better. Nor can I imagine it being performed any better than that shown here.

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- Andrew Ruddick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-10-2013
  • Publisher: Headline Digital