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The eagle's prey / Simon Scarrow.

By: Scarrow, Simon.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Scarrow, Simon. Roman Legion series: 5.; The Roman series: 5.Publisher: London : Headline, 2004Description: 320 pages ; 24cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780755301157; 0755301153.Subject(s): Macro, Lucius Cornelius (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Romans -- Great Britain -- Fiction | Rome (Italy) -- Army -- Officers -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Roman period, 55 B.C.-449 A.D. -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.DDC classification: 823.914 Review: "It is over a year since the mighty Roman army landed on the shores of Britain, confident that resistance would be short-lived. Yet, while most tribes in the island's southern corner have succumbed, the barbarian leader Caratacus continues to torment the legions, his savage warriors increasingly sophisticated in their guerilla tactics. Now, though, the Emperor Claudius needs victory in Britain to make his position safe, and the time has come to silence the enemy permanently." "As the Roman troops gather on the eve of battle, centurions Cato and Macro share the confidence of their comrades that their long stay in this distant outpost is close to an end. Tomorrow a final, decisive blow will surely annihilate Caratacus. No other outcome is imaginable." "But the battle does not follow the expected course. While it's clear to Cato and Macro where the responsibility lies, it is inevitable that blame will be passed down the line. And the most ruthless army in the known world prepares to inflict dreadful punishment on the very men who could bring the long campaign in Britain to a triumphant conclusion."--BOOK JACKET.
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It is late summer 44AD and the battle-weary Roman legions are in their second year of campaigning against the British tribes. The troops' commander, General Plautius, is under considerable pressure from the emperor to crush the natives once and for all. Centurions Macro and Cato are with the crack Second Legion under the precarious leadership of Centurion Maximus and it's their task to hold a ford across the river Tamesis when the natives are forced into a trap. But Maximus's nerve breaks at the critical point, allowing the enemy leader, Caratacus, and his men to escape. Outraged by this failure, General Plautius orders the decimation of the unit. Their choice: die, or escape to become a fugitive pursued by soldiers of their own ruthless army. Hiding from their former comrades, as well as the Britons, Cato's small band of fugitives have only one chance to redeem themselves before they are hunted down like animals...

Sequel to: The eagle and the wolves.

Followed by: The eagle's prophecy.

"It is over a year since the mighty Roman army landed on the shores of Britain, confident that resistance would be short-lived. Yet, while most tribes in the island's southern corner have succumbed, the barbarian leader Caratacus continues to torment the legions, his savage warriors increasingly sophisticated in their guerilla tactics. Now, though, the Emperor Claudius needs victory in Britain to make his position safe, and the time has come to silence the enemy permanently." "As the Roman troops gather on the eve of battle, centurions Cato and Macro share the confidence of their comrades that their long stay in this distant outpost is close to an end. Tomorrow a final, decisive blow will surely annihilate Caratacus. No other outcome is imaginable." "But the battle does not follow the expected course. While it's clear to Cato and Macro where the responsibility lies, it is inevitable that blame will be passed down the line. And the most ruthless army in the known world prepares to inflict dreadful punishment on the very men who could bring the long campaign in Britain to a triumphant conclusion."--BOOK JACKET.

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