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.