Under the Eagle

Under the Eagle

A Tale of Military Adventure and Reckless Heroism With the Roman Legions

Book - 2000
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It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn't difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them. As second-in-command to Macro, the fearless, battle-scarred centurion who leads them, Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. Then the men discover that the army's next campaign will take them to a land of unparalleled barbarity - Britain. After the long march west, Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy that threatens to topple the Emperor himself...
Publisher: London :, Headline,, 2000
ISBN: 9780312304249
0312304242
9780747266297
0747266298
9780312278700
0312278705
9780755349708
Characteristics: 434 pages : map ; 20 cm

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ba_library
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!

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merlinsilver
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.

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swankdawg
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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