Synopses & Reviews
The mighty Roman army faces Britains de?ant tribes in this epic fifth novel of Simon Scarrows acclaimed series
It is late summer a.d. 44 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 is their task to hold a ford across the river Tamesis when the natives are forced into a trap.
But Maximuss nerve breaks at the critical point, allowing the enemy leader, Caratacus, and his men to escape. Outraged by this failure, General Plautius orders the annihilation of the unit. Their choice: die or escape to become fugitives pursued by soldiers of their own ruthless army. Hiding from their former comrades, as well as the Britons, Catos small band of fugitives have only one chance to redeem themselves before they are hunted down like animals.
“A satisfying, bloodthirsty, bawdy romp. Perfect for Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action. Storming stuff!”
---The Good Book Guide
“Scarrows combat is brutal and sanguinary; his imperial politics are almost as sharp. Fast paced, building to a satisfyingly high pitch . . . Scarrow hits his stride with this fluid post-Caligula bloodbath.”
“Scarrows legionary adventures have put guts back into historical writing. His great knowledge of the period is allied to a talent for taking you right into the thick of the action to share the blood, sweat, horror, and exhilaration of battle.”
---The Northern Echo (UK)
About the Author
Simon Scarrow teaches at City College in Norwich, England. He has in the past run a Roman history program, taking parties of students to a number of ruins and museums across Britain. He lives in Norfolk, England, and this is his fifth novel featuring Macro and Cato.