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Under the Eagle: A Tale of Military Adventure and Reckless Heroism with the Roman Legions

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    GLIMPSES OF ROMAN LIFE

    I just discovered Simon Scarrow. This book is noteworthy for the various glimpses it provides of Roman society and culture revolving about the Roman army. The reader gains insight into the life of a legionnaire, the organization, training and command structure of the Roman army, and the politics involved in attaining high military rank. We also glimpse the stratum of Roman society, the intrigue between those that want to restore the Roman republic and those that want the peaceful order supposedly provided by an emperor, and the critical importance of the armies favor and the glory of military victory to Emperor Claudia’s ability to survive. However, the book does not get bogged down in Roman politics, but moves along at a rapid pace. Characterization is also good for the most part, especially of the grizzled veteran centurion Marco. However, the naïve bungling of Marco’s second in command arrived directly from the emperor’s palace, Cato, makes the latter appear a bit one dimensional and shallow. I look forward to further development of the character of Cato in the next book of this series.

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

    The Language Used

    I understand that Mr. Scarrow is very British. I have studied ancient Rome for many years. I am very amused at Mr. Scarrow's use of English terminology, i.e.Bullocks. But because of these fantastic stories I enjoy his "misplaced" usage. As I said before, I would like to think of myself as a bit knowledgeable of ancient Rome. I just know that Boudica will show up later in this great series. Thank you Mr. Scarrow, and please continue to be a rival to Mr. Cromwell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    Be Entertained and Educated

    All of Simon Scarrow's books have been great. I sit on the edge of my chair waiting for his next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2005

    EXCELLENT!!

    Thoroughly entertaining story line as well as informative as to battle strategy and detailed descriptions of the everyday life of the ancient Roman soldier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2002

    Simply Excellent

    This is one of the best historical novels published in recent years. If you are a fan of Sharpe or Hornblower.........don't miss this novel. Here's hoping there's a sequel and a complete series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Excellent!!!

    This is a really good book, both the plot and the writing. I couldn¿t put it down once I read the first page, every paragraph is filled with details of history that flashed through my mind like a movie. If you liked Gladiator, you will love this book. Can't wait for the sequel (I hope there is a sequel...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Loved it

    Great book.

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