It is AD 54. The soldiers of the Roman army patrol a growing empire from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, from the Atlantic to the banks of the Nile. Rome brutally enforces its rule, and its legions are the most efficient and aggressive fighting force in the world. Two battle-scarred veterans of this army, Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro, have survived years of campaigning in Britannia and have been recalled to Rome.
Their time in the teeming, dangerously political city is short, and soon they are travelling with the Praetorian Guard to Spain, a restless colony where simmering tension in the face of Roman rule is aggravated by bitter rivalry amongst the natives. The challenges that face two old friends and their comrades in arms are unlike any they have seen before - in a land that declares itself unconquerable.
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By Simon on 10-11-17
Cato- How much more can one man take?
Having completed three books dragging our heroes through the snow, rain and ice of our own British Isles Scarrow returns them to sunnier climes. But there's no warm reception for them in Rome and this author seems intent on tearing poor Cato apart piece by bloody piece. He gets a battering in almost every imaginable way in this one and there are signs of a newer Cato emerging as a result. Possibly even one we won't actually like quite so much . . . Macro on the other hand is as redoubtable and unbending as ever.
I thought that after the fabulous mini-series of three books in Britannia that this one might be a little bit of a breather in some ways but no our two heroes are beset on all sides and come up against an old adversary or two from their earlier days. Most of these books can be taken stand-alone but for reasons like this taking them in order adds significantly to the experience.
Simply put, another fine episode in a fabulous series brought to life by one of the best narrators in the business ending with a great setup for the next book.
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By Toby on 29-11-16
Best Scarrow yet
Still enjoyable, witty and gripping but with new plot and character complexity and an outstanding performance by Jonathan Keeble who brings an extraordinary James Mason back from the dead cameo for the surgeon. Great stuff.
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By Rollin on 10-01-17
Outstanding Roman military adventure
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in Roman military history and adventure fiction,
Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I am a great fan of Jonathan Keeble. He is a very talented narrator, maintaining an agreeable and steady voice throughout, as well as performing different voices credibly.
Any additional comments?
Having read many of Scarrow's novels, I must say this is one of the best.
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By C Harlow on 24-11-16
I love this book just like all the rest of the series i would say it was A lot more predictable than others but that could be i have read or listen to most of the authors book i have gotten use to his style still one of my favorite authors.
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