The Eagle's Prey

A Novel of the Roman Army

Eagle Series

Simon Scarrow

Thomas Dunne Books

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The mighty Roman army faces Britain’s defiant tribes in the series’s powerful fifth book

It is late summer AD 44, and the battle-weary Roman legions are in their second year of campaigning against the British tribes. The troop’' 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 and his men to escape. Outraged by this failure, General Plautius orders the decimation of Macro and Cato’s 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, Cato’s small band of fugitives has only one chance to redeem itself before its soldiers are hunted down, like animals.

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Eagle's Prey
Chapter One'How much further to the camp?' asked the Greek, looking back over his shoulder yet again. 'Will we reach it before dark?'The decurion in charge of the small mounted escort spat out an apple seed and swallowed the sharp-tasting pulp before replying.'We'll make it. Don't you worry, sir. Five or six miles, I reckon. That's all.''Can't we go faster?'The man was still looking over his shoulder and the decurion could no longer resist the temptation also to glance back along the track. But there was nothing to see. The route was clear all the way to the saddle nestling between

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“Perfect for Cornwell addicts who will relish its historical detail and fast-paced action. Storming stuff!”---The Good Book Guide (UK)

“Scarrow’s 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

“Macro and Cato return in fighting form. 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

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Simon Scarrow

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.

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The Eagle's Prey
A Novel of the Roman Army
Simon Scarrow

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429968188
ISBN10: 1429968184
320 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
July 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312374792
ISBN10: 0312374798
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$16.99
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