The Eagle's Prophecy: A Novel of the Roman Army

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In this sixth entry of Scarrow’s page-turning Roman historical series, it is spring a.d. 45 and Centurions Macro and Cato are trapped in Rome, waiting for the investigation in their involvement in the death of a fellow officer. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to rescue an imperial agent who has been captured by pirates operating from the Illyrian coast.

With him were scrolls vital to the safety of the emperor ...

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Overview

In this sixth entry of Scarrow’s page-turning Roman historical series, it is spring a.d. 45 and Centurions Macro and Cato are trapped in Rome, waiting for the investigation in their involvement in the death of a fellow officer. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to rescue an imperial agent who has been captured by pirates operating from the Illyrian coast.

With him were scrolls vital to the safety of the emperor and the future of Rome. However, Narcissus also sends Vitellius, an old enemy of the two centurions. The three officers set out from Ravenna with the imperial fleet but the pirates are forewarned and the Romans pay a heavy price. Outnumbered by the enemy, surrounded by rumors of treachery, and endangered by Vitellius’s desire to redeem himself, Centurions Macro and Cato must find the pirate base to avert a disaster that could destroy the emperor.

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“A rip-roaring, thoroughly entertaining tale of swashbuckling adventure from one of the most exciting writers of historical fiction.”

- Daily Record (Scotland)

“Scarrow manages to summon up all the glory and the gore that characterized life in the Roman legions. Outstanding military history from a relatively new master of the genre.”

- Booklist

“A combustible concoction of intrigue, treachery, and violence. Series fans will welcome Scarrow’s intense action, beguiling characters, and authentic detail.”

- Publishers Weekly

“Scarrow again provides a vivid sense of history and believable scenes of maritime action. His righteous but flawed protagonists are winning heroes.”

- Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312565268
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Eagle Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 151,516
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Scarrow teaches at City College in Norwich, England. He has in the past run a Roman history program, taking parties of students to a number of ruins and museums across Britain. He lives in Norfolk, England, and this is his sixth novel featuring Macro and Cato.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    Excellent historical fiction!!

    Scarrow's Roman Army series is excellent. If you like historical fiction, particularly about the Roman Army, you will enjoy this series. Scarrow's prose is consistently well written; plots are well set out; and the two protagonists (Cato and Macro)are well balanced together which all makes for an easy and enjoyable read. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    Great Fun with Roman Military Fiction

    Simon Scarrow's sixth installment of his "Eagle" story follows Centurions Macro and Cato during a transitional phase in the threaded storyline of this Sand and Sandals series. In the last book, "The Eagle's Prey", our heroes were banished from the war front in Britannia, where the majority of the previous five books took place. "Prophecy" centers on Rome's battle against piracy in and around the northeast Italian coast while providing a launch pad for our characters to explore the further reaches of the Roman Empire.

    "Prophecy" is built around two primary plot points. The first is Rome's battle with piracy in the Adriatic Sea. The second is a mystery around the discovery of certain scrolls that the pirates have seized and are holding for bid with high-dollar potential buyers.

    The story starts in Rome, several months after the episode in Brittania, and provides new scenery for our boys from the Legion. While not many pages were dedicated to their time in Rome, the urban capital makes for a strong change of pace to the overall series storyline.

    Furthering that change of pace, Scarrow places the bulk of the story on and around the sea, including numerous naval battles, and the requisite drama associated with the high seas.

    Macro and Cato are already well-cast characters. If you're not familiar with the series, you won't be too enlightened by their development, however we do get a peek into Macro's youth.

    I enjoyed the book. There's something comforting about returning to characters you know, including Vespasian who teams up again with Macro and Cato. Vitellius returns in his role as leading foil, setting up what will likely be an ultimate battle between he and Vespasian for Rome's leadership in 69 AD.

    Scarrow isn't writing historical literature...he's writing historical fiction - it's fun, down to earth, adventurous and exciting. He knows his space well and is comfortable with his characters' place and the enticement to his audience.

    I find the entire series a great escape and touch-point to the wold of the Roman Empire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Roman Adventure

    Very good reading, Scarrows writting is very enteraining, latter books in his series are hard to find, books 7 & 8 unavaiable through B&N but can be found in the UK but worth waiting for just plan ahead if you want to finish the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    Great Book

    This was a great book. I began reading it and couldn't set it down 'till I was finished. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Roman legions or navy and the daily lives of their soldiers!

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