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Posted April 8, 2013
The book was well written for a first time author. It was a fast moving story with lots of twists and turns. There is a significant amount of historical information regarding 2nd century Roman Empire. I would recommend this book of you like historical fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2013
THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE is a historical mystery set in the First Century A.D. in the Roman Empire is enriched by painstaking research into both the everyday lives of the characters and the details of operations of the Roman legions, folded in skillfully and naturally as the action moves forward. British-born Macha, wife of the Centurion Titus, cannot sit idly by when Titus is accused of plotting against Emperor Vespasian, and arrested to be sent to Rome for trial. When two of their household slaves are murdered within twenty-four hours of the arrest of Titus, Macha is certain a part of the plot is against Titus, a loyal supporter of the Emperor. With the aid of their longtime friend, Senator Bassus, she undertakes the arduous journey to Rome to try to solve the mystery of who is behind the plot. Attempts on Macha's life and more deaths follow as she pursues slender and frustrating leads, with the sympathy of a Vestal Virgin. When their young son is kidnapped, and a threat is made to kill him unless she drops her efforts on Titus's behalf, Macha is torn between her boy's safety and the risk of her husband's life. The plot moves forward at a fast pace, and readers will not be bogged down by long asides lecturing on research that doesn't fit into the plot. At times, careless copyreading mars the narrative with small grammatical errors in the use of verbs, and a failure to italicize first person statements intended for emphasis in the third-person narrative. Overall the reader will quickly skim over these bumps in the quick pace of the narrative.
Posted May 3, 2012
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Set in the 1st Century A.D., The Sign of the Eagle pits Celtic princess, Macha, against treacherous men of the Roman elite who are out to kill Emperor Vespasian. To this end, Macha must first prove her husband, Titus, a Roman tribune, innocent of treason against the emperor. With only the aid of her slave and friend, the Moorish woman Shafer, and Senator Bassus, who knows Titus is innocent, Macha has a job on her hands. The enemy will do anything to stop her from foiling their evil plot. Macha must evade assassins, travel from one end of the kingdom to the other, and face the elements in order to free her husband and save the emperor.
Filled with rich details and pulse-pounding action scenes, Macha and The Sign of the Eagle will keep you up at night reading. This is a riveting historical novel of action and suspense!
Posted April 29, 2012
Hughes has well-developed, varied characters and has gotten into their heads so well that I experienced their emotions in each situation. His research is impeccable. I felt as though I were in ancient Rome with them. The Sign of the Eagle gets five stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.