This was a bit of a departure from Scarrow s usual writing since it revolved around Roman politics and the role of the Praetorian guard Overall I enjoyed reading this book Although, the series does seem to be dragging out a little. Just finished the 11th book in Simon Scarrow s Eagle series detailing the lives of two Roman soldiers, Macro and Cato In the first book, Under the Eagle, Marco was a Centurion and Cato a new Optio similar to a second lieutenant in today s Army that was to be his second in command Now, in The Praetorian, after a series of adventures in Gaul, Britain, Israel, and Egypt in the preceding novels, Cato has advanced in rank to outrank his former boss They have become useful to Narcissus, a freed slave who has become a trusted advisor to Emperor Claudius, who, in this historical fiction novel, brings them to Rome to act as spies by transferring them to the Praetorian Guard the emperor s own guard Members of the guard are apparently conspiring to murder Claudius and elevate his adopted son, Nero, to the throne Although not thrilled at having to be spies rather than soldiers, they accept the duty The novel is a departure from the usual military campaigns that Scarrow details so well, but is equally entertaining with insights into life in Rome When grain deliveries to Rome fail, the emperor must throwandelaborate circuses to placate the mob conditions that the plotters hope will help them seize power Sound like an American political campaign today Anyway, a great read and fitting new story about Macro and Cato Five Stars easily. Macro And Cato Now Find Themselves Members Of The Elite Praetorian Guard, Charged With Defending The Emperor Himself Against Harm Yet, They Rapidly Find That The Guard Is Riddled With Conspiracies Aimed At Bringing The Ageing Emperor Claudius Down, And Raising Either Of His Two Sons, One By Birth, Britannicus, The Other By Adoption, Nero, To The Purple Needless To Say, The Two Centurions Manage To Find Themselves In The Thick Of The Action In The Background Is The Machiavellian Figure Of Narcissus, Well Known To Both Legionnaires, And Also His Rival For Control Of The Emperor, Pallas I enjoyed the foray into the political arena of Rome for this installment in the Cato Macro adventures. It been ages since I read one of the Author s book No idea why I waited so long to carry on with this series I forgot how good they are Got to love the Roman Soldier humor, had me laughing out loud a few times I liked how twisty this one was compared to the others Showed a different side of the main characters Also showed an interesting side of the Roman culture.Another thing I have always liked about this series is that the main characters aren t invincible They have their limits, they can and do get injured or nearly lose fights They aren t some superhero team They are simply just two soldiers trying to do their duty by protecting Rome and each other It nice to see their interactions with each other Both so comfortable with each other and their own way of doing things It was also nice to see Cato growinto his new role. 4 StarsDoes exactly what it says on the tin A good continuation in the series for all fans of Macro Cato out there.I must admit to prefer the duo when they are soldiering rather than acting as Imperial agents for Narcissus but with the yarn set in Rome it revolved around the Praetorian guard, the Imperial family, the plebs was a decent enough mystery adventure story with enough about it to be learning about the machinations of the Guard the politicking of the court of the period. You might think that by the time you reach the 11th book of a series that features the same two protagonists that one might get tired of those two protagonists Not so with Cato and Macro They continue to entertain, this time from Rome itself as they go undercover in the Praetorian Guard The story is full of the normal give and take between them as they sniff out a plot to assassinate Claudius Twists and turns in the plot keep the story moving Indeed, the author has done a magnificent job as he leads the reader from the opulence of the palace to the stews of slum ridden streets and even into the great sewer system itself If you are a follower of this series then you will be pleased with number 11 it is a page turning delight. Fant stico Intriga, conspira o. o 11 volume da saga da guia n o desilude Depois das grandes batalhas em Creta, S ria e Egipto, foi bom ter agora um cap tulo num ambiente mais urbano, no cora o de Roma um livro que desromantiza a Guarda Pretoriana, revelando um mundo onde apenas os interesses pessoais imperam e n o o bem comum um livro onde a ac o fervilha em cada p gina, revelando se dif cil de largar Apesar de ser o 11 livro da saga, n o existe grande necessidade de ler os restantes 10 para se perceber todo o plot, pois o autor enquadra tudo muito bem f cil relacionarmos nos com os dois personagens centrais S o carism ticos e criam empatia, sem serem super homens Praetorian Book 11 of the Macro Cato series, always a winner, i think the only time i have struggled with one of these books was gladiator and that was just the one character in the book.Legion saw a return to old school Macro and Cato and Simons best work, so would Praetorian keep up that momentum Yes and No No because the book is different, the style not what you normally expect from Macro and Cato,mature almost the characters , withintrigue and danger around every corner, never knowing who they can trust.Yes because the book is excellent, the usual fast paced exciting writing with characters we know so well and can honestly care about This is one of the best in this series.The Intrigue in this book gives itdepth without losing the great camaraderie which grows and grows with every book, the intricacies of a relationship that has to change and evolve as changes in rank and relationship occur, as the young Cato matures and grows.As usual with my reviews i wont touch on the story too much as i feel reviews should not contain plot and spoilers But if you have not read Simon Scarrow before, yes you could read this as stand alone, but i also encourage you to buy them from the start if you enjoy historical fiction with pace, passion, great research and also reality in your characters then look no further, this tale unlike some of the others just has an extra dimension the politics And at the endwell for those readers who follow the seriesthe boys are coming homeWhoo Hoo Im really looking forward to book 12.Highly recommended book and series Parm One to add to the endless list of Roman mystery novels.Relatively little time is spent on familiarising readers with the two main characters It s arguable that that was because this is over a dozen books into the series so the author didn t feel it necessary To me however it feels a little lazy as it could have easily been worked into being a book that stood out on its own instead of being just a link in the chain.As far as the storyline goes, there isn t much in the way of suspense, intrigue or menace The conspiracy is there but it feels very much like it s on the back burner and doesn t particularly get your brain ticking over.There s far too much pondering, wistful thinking into the distance and ruminating Far too little action or menace for my liking.The only thing that saves this book is that mercifully, in the last quarter of the book, the pace and intrigue actually kicks in at last and makes up for lost time If you don t see the second conspiracy coming, then you should be registered a literary blind person.Overall not the most riveting, darkest or compelling novel surrounding a conspiracy but an alright addition to the canon.
Simon Scarrow is a UK based author, born in Nigeria, and now living in Norfolk He completed a master s degree at the University of East Anglia, and, after working at the Inland Revenue, went into teaching as a lecturer at City College, Norwich.He is best known for his Eagle series This is Roman empire military fiction, starting with the second invasion of Britain, and continuing with subsequen
- 368 pages
- Praetorian (Eagle, #11)
- Simon Scarrow
- 19 October 2019 Simon Scarrow