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Added by 58 of our members. While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands. In the chaotic aftermath, large bands of the island's slaves begin to revolt and the local bandits, taking advantage of the slave rebellion, urge the Cretans to overthrow the Roman administration.

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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Gladiator by Simon Scarrow. The Gladiator Eagle 9 by Simon Scarrow. The action-packed new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato from Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Scarrow While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devasta The action-packed new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato from Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Scarrow While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave.

They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands.

In the chaotic aftermath, large bands of the island's slaves begin to revolt and local bandits, taking advantage of the slave rebellion, urge the Cretans to overthrow the Roman administration.

With many of the island's troops either killed or wounded during the earthquake, the governor of the province calls on Macro and Cato for help. Can they move swiftly enough to counter the rebellion before it sweeps the Romans from the island? Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published August 6th by Headline first published More Details Original Title.

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I picked this book up at The Works on a sale, not realising that there are 8 books before it, and there are more after too. I have around 13 more books to read to catch up on the series, and if they're are all like this one, they shall be a pleasure to read. Simon Scarrow's gripping plot in this is very easy to read. That is, it pulls you right into the action from the first few pages. Also, as someone who hasn't read the other books, I found it easy to follow what was happening.

It is a fantast I picked this book up at The Works on a sale, not realising that there are 8 books before it, and there are more after too. It is a fantastic story in its own right, but I look forward to reading the other books to get a sense of where this plot fits with the others. Sep 05, Beorn rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , romans. Yet another Scarrow book where he insists on crowbarring a siege into the novel, where the plucky heroes are terribly outnumbered by their dastardly ragtag rebel enemy.

Fortunately for Scarrow, that portion of the story only takes up just under a third of the book, so there's plenty of other action to distract from that annoying niggle, including some sloppy garrison troops, a kidnapping and a clever climactic battle victory.

For those unfamiliar with the series so far, this book sees the return Yet another Scarrow book where he insists on crowbarring a siege into the novel, where the plucky heroes are terribly outnumbered by their dastardly ragtag rebel enemy. For those unfamiliar with the series so far, this book sees the return of one of the protagonists from The Eagle's Prophecy who, much like our heroes, finds his path accidentally but fortuitously allows him to wreak a path of bloody vengeance against everyone that comes his way.

This is actually one of the better books in the series so far as there's relatively little of the trudging rehashing, turgid gnashing of teeth or spell of repetition that made the previous books so frustrating.

It's still not on a par with a number of other Roman fiction authors I've read but it's a good, enjoyable way to spend your time I guess. Slightly disappointed that the story has to roll over into another book as I've a sinking feeling that Scarrow may waste what has been a good plotline so far and, along with the obligatory siege he's undoubtably going to force into the plot of the next book, may well turn it into a stale affair where everything goes out not with a bang but a bloody whimper, in both senses of the word.

View all 3 comments. Aug 07, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. The Gladiator I won't ruin the plot so far, but they're each strong enough character's to carry a chapter on their own. Here they are stranded in a different scenario and up against the odds once again.

This time against a former slave, a for The Gladiator This time against a former slave, a former Gladiator, and an entire army of risen men and women. The Gladiator has battle knowledge, a really good strategist, and this is not what they need. But it appears to be more personal, especially where Macro and Cato are concerned. Oh, and Cato's has a young love to consider, and vice versa. Truly good characters and well written So far, so good, though the start I didn't find to be the best entrance into the book, it was necessary.

It's somehow different to the others in the Eagle series. It's not just the beginning though that is part of it , it's also the placing a small island , the secondary characters and Catos' betrothed. Maybe even a different style to Scarrow's writing in this one, but a major factor is that Macro and Cato are seperated in many a chapter most of the book.

That said, I'd still recommend it and have to give it 4 stars. View 2 comments. Sep 26, Christopher Taylor rated it liked it. Although this is deep into a series of novels about Roman soldiers Macro and Cato, it didn't feel as though I'd missed much because the story stands well on its own.

The research is good and the situation interesting, involving a massive earthquake that tore Cyprus apart in the middle of the first century AD and a slave revolt. Overall the story was pretty well done, and rarely goes a direction you expect.

Things that are planned almost never go as intended, but overall the good guys generally wi Although this is deep into a series of novels about Roman soldiers Macro and Cato, it didn't feel as though I'd missed much because the story stands well on its own. Things that are planned almost never go as intended, but overall the good guys generally win. I do have a problem with the way the soldiers speak -- always a concern when writing historical novels, particularly this far in the past.

Colloquialisms and patterns of speech that are too modern feel jarring, but no one is exactly sure how people spoke years ago, either. A decent novel, part of a series I'm willing to try another book in, but not enormously compelling to me.

Scarrow has really stepped up his game this one. Started it yesterday and finished today. The best Eagle book so far : At the end of the last book Cato and Macro were headed back to Rome to be reassigned and for Cato and Julia to get married Things don't go to plan as an Earthquake and tidle wave hits Crete just as their ship is floating past it.

With many of the people in charge killed and a full on slave revolt, it's up to Macro and Cato to save the day again. I've said it before and Scarrow has really stepped up his game this one. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Cato and Macro have one of the best fictional relationships I've ever come across. They are great characters and even though I should feel sorry for the slaves, as their lives are terrible, well not Ajax -he deserves it, because they are against them I just want them to lose.

There is lots of drama and excitment in this one as Macro and Julia are taken captive. Cato gets underestimated more than normal in this book which I didn't like, I think he's proved himself by now! Although the end of this book is sorta happy, it ends with Cato and Marco heading off on another adventure and that wedding I was looking forward to in the last book seems to have been pushed back again.

A great addition to the series but could also be read as a standalone novel. Nov 29, D. After success in the last book, and as this is a series, we do expect success by the end of the novel, it is time to make our way home to Rome and for the heroes to get their rewards. Macro and Cato have been stepping up and giving great needed service to Rome, and Claudius and they deserve accolades. Instead an earthquake and tidal wave beset them as they are near Crete. It throws the Island into turmoil, seriously hammering the infrastructure and forcing our two Centurions to step up once more.

We see the continuing evolution of Cato as a leader and we also see that Macro, once the Master, now becoming the lieutenant. Something that we knew from book one was a possibility and long overdue.

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