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Posted May 21, 2012
A Bit Lengthy but Still Good
"Eagle in the Snow" centres on General Maximus who is charged with defending Rome's borders from the Barbarian Clans. Maximus has the unpleasant task of dealing with enemies at the gate, keeping his soldiers well supplied and moral up, and personal betrayal from his childhood friend and another Roman soldier. This story wasn't bad and the Roman Empire always makes for a good setting (in my personal opinion) for historical fiction.
Posted April 7, 2005
I saved Eagle in the Snow until last and didn't know why. As I read I learned the reason. It is a tightly written moving story that includes an epic battle. I would like to see the book made into a movie that closely followed the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2004
Posted September 29, 2003
I was very impressed by 'Eagle in the Snow' when I read a 2nd-hand 1970s paperback edition of it about 15 years ago. Wallace Breem's view of the Late Roman Army is probably rather dated, but the sense of threat is tangible and the portrayal of the barbarians is, if I remember correctly, very good. It's largely set in 406 AD, incidentally, and, whatever you may read elsewhere, has no connection with the film 'Gladiator' (except that both works are sympathetic to paganism), dep[site having a hero called Maximus. There is a superb sequence when the Rhine starts to freeze. It would make an excellent film, as long as the filmmakers didn't make the Romans look too 'Imperial' (Late Roman troops and the barbarians they faced wore similar equipment).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2003
This book was a moving, heroic, and sad portrait of the end times for the Western Roman Empire. It is a fictionalized portrayal of the events leading to the actual invasion and ravaging of Gaul by several German tribes in A.D. 406 when the Rhine river froze. The book is well written and has few anachronisms for the keen historian's taste. It has excellent maps and glossaries. The main character, General Maximus, is an anachronism in his time. He is a pagan in a Christian Empire, and a man who dreams of Rome's glorious past. Stilicho, the General of Rome's armies under Emperor Honorious, assigns Maximus to defend Rome's dangerous Rhine frontier from an impending invasion by a confederation of German tribes who are themselves fleeing from the Huns. Maximus, his second-in-command Quintus, and the single legion that they command are determined and heroic, but they are defending a land that does not want to be saved. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction about the later Roman Empire.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2002
This book starts with the Roman army or Particularly a Legion and its Commander that is based in Britian.It deals with this legions adventures whilst based on the wall ( Hadrians ). Then it is transfered to the Rhine and garrisoned in a town on its bank.The year is approx 420 AD, the Barbarian tribes are being pushed ever westward by the Hun, and the Rhine poses a natural barrier,in that year the river freezes over and the barbarian tribes stream across. Thier is only this particular Legion present to halt the hordes, the rest of the army as been withdrawn back to defend Rome. The book is based on fact, the actual units and people may even have existed, but it is a rollicking good read, full of action and adventure from start to finish, that most people could enjoy, especially if you are historically orientated.It is quite a while since i read this book so my synopsis is somewhat vague, but i can heartily recommend it to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2011
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