Under the Eagle

Under the Eagle

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UNDER THE EAGLE is the gripping first novel in Simon Scarrow's bestselling EAGLES OF THE EMPIRE series. A must read for fans of Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden. Praise for Simon Scarrow's compelling novels: 'Gripping and moving' The Times

AD 42, Germany. Tough, brutal and unforgiving. That's how new recruit Cato is finding life in the Roman Second Legion. He may have contacts in high places, but he could really use a friend amongst his fellow soldiers right now.

Cato has been promoted above his comrades at the order of the Emperor and is deeply resented by the other men. But he quickly earns the respect of his Centurion, Macro, a battle-hardened veteran as rough and ready as Cato is quick-witted and well-educated. They are poles apart, but soon realise they have a lot to learn from one another.

On a campaign to Britannia - a land of utter barbarity - an enduring friendship begins. But as they undertake a special mission to thwart a conspiracy against the Emperor they rapidly find themselves in a desperate fight to survive...

Publisher: London, England :, Headline,, [2000].
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780755349708
Characteristics: 434 pages :,map ;,20 cm.


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ChristchurchLib Mar 31, 2020

Life in the Roman army was hard. Seriously, life-threateningly difficult. Simon Scarrow has expertly brought the nature of a Roman soldier's life to the page in a book that is bloody, action-packed, and follows Cato who as a young recruit gets assigned to the toughest legion in the Roman Empire. Beginning in Germany we follow his tumultuous adventures through until his legion is sent off to wild Britain to tame the people. Good solid historic adventure. First in a series.

Jan 16, 2017

Good historical fiction about a Roman legion being sent to Britain in 42 AD to prepare for invasion. This is the first book in the series (SPL has the first 3 or 4 the series is up to #14). Easy to read, would be a great beach book or airplane book. Nothing too complex or confusing. The Legion is preparing for Claudius' invasion of England. Good read!

Oct 23, 2014

Read years ago, but my notes say "GREAT", lots of action.

kevfarley Sep 19, 2012

An intresting excursion for history buffs . Puts flesh and bones on the factual records ,.. and the fictional sub-plotting is harmless fun

unbalancedbutfair Jul 05, 2012

As far as I can tell the historical aspect is done very well. A good portrayal of life in the empire in politics and war (accurate equipment, training, and tactics). The story isn't a bad one either, the main character is believable, most of the characters are. What they aren't, is fleshed out and filled in. The interactions as well are just slightly off. It felt like a journeyman carpenter's work where the joints are cut well, but they don't quite fit each other. Worth reading but definitely a work by an inexperienced writer. I'm hoping his work improves in the rest of the series.

Feb 16, 2012

really great book! gives you glimpse into the life of a legionary that most people would never know. Action and intrigue on a historical setting. Perfect length not a lot of useless filler lotts of authors throw in just to make the book longer.

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