When the Eagle Hunts

When the Eagle Hunts

Book - 2004
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In the bitter winter of AD 44, the Roman troops in Britain are impatiently awaiting the arrival of spring so that the campaign to conquer the island can be renewed. But the native Britons are growing more cunning in their resistance, constantly snapping at the heels of the mighty Roman forces.

When the most brutal of the native tribesmen, the Druids of the Dark Moon, capture the shipwrecked wife and children of General Plautius, quick action is called for. Two volunteers from the crack Second Legion must venture deep into hostile territory in a desperate attempt to rescue the prisoners.

Centurion Macro and his optio, Cato, find themselves slipping out of camp in the dead of night to reach the General's family before they are sacrificed to the Druids' dark gods. They know they are heading towards an almost certain death, and their only hope is that, with sheer courage and ingenuity, they can outwit the most ruthless foes they've ever faced.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312305352
0312305354
Branch Call Number: F Sca

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ba_library
Jan 23, 2017

Third book in Scarrow's Eagle series. Macro and Cato are fighting with the Legions in England. Plenty of gnarly barbaric Britons to contend with, as well as creepy druids causing trouble. Can Rome conquer / control them? Great series!

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merlinsilver
Jun 22, 2015

Another Great book by Scarrow on the Romans fighting in Britain. It is a real page turner that you won't want to put down. There are a few gory spots, but that is to be expected when fighting the Druids.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

Macro and Cato are volunteered for a mission to rescue the wife and children of General Plautius, when they are kidnapped by the Druids of the Dark Moon.

I'm enjoying Cato's progression into a proper legionnaire and Macro continues to be a diverting character.

EuSei Aug 13, 2012

This is the 3rd book in the series and my favorite so far. Macro is the rough, manly man Roman soldier; Cato though looks more like a modern day metrosexual and his moods sometimes turn me off, but Mr. Scarrow compensates it with good writing. Here is something that surprised me enormously (and that the Thought Police didn't find it yet and has not censored), from the Author's Note, with which I agree wholeheartedly: "The Dark Moon Druids are fictional, [t]hey stand as a corrective to that naive and nostalgic re-invention of Druid culture that parades around Stonehenge at certain times of the year. And, as I complete this work, they stand as a timely reminder of the extremities to which religious fanaticism can be taken." This was written on September 12, 2001.

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Ubalstecha
Mar 24, 2010

Excellent entry in this series, which finds Macro and Cato going on a suicide mission to rescue the general's wife and children before they are burnt alive by the Druids. Joining them on the hunt are Boudica, whom Macro has had a fling with, and her betrothed, the immense Prasutagus. Are they the historical Boudica and Prasutagus? Probably. A convenient bit of poetic liscence, but this is historical fiction, these things happen.

Simon Scarrow's books about the Roman Legion are full of accurate details and gripping, brutal battle scenes. Macro and Cato are the prototypes of the Roman soldier. Macro is old, experienced and very rough around the edges. Cato is young, earnest and educated. Together they make the prototypical buddy team of the action movie.

Scarrow has also chosen to portray the Druids, not as happy, earth hippies, but instead as a group capable of burning women and children alive. There is no romanticising of the Romans. A group of prisoners is slaughter like cattle when they slow down the centuries flight from the enemy. These books are page turners that will keep you up very late at night.

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