Simon Scarrow / Mar 31, 2020

Centurion A gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet In the first century AD the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long standing enemy Parthia P

  • Title: Centurion
  • Author: Simon Scarrow
  • ISBN: 9780755327768
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet In the first century AD the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long standing enemy Parthia Parthia is vying with Rome for control of Palmyra an officially neutral kingdom Palmyra s royal household is on the brink of open revolt, and so a task force under the commaA gripping new novel featuring Roman army officers Macro and Cato on their most dangerous mission yet In the first century AD the Roman Empire faces a new threat from its long standing enemy Parthia Parthia is vying with Rome for control of Palmyra an officially neutral kingdom Palmyra s royal household is on the brink of open revolt, and so a task force under the command of experienced soldiers, Macro and Cato, is dispatched to defend its king and guard its borders When Parthia hears of the Roman army s presence, it starts amassing its troops for war Macro s cohort must march against the enemy, deep into treacherous territory If Palmyra is not to fall into the clutches of Parthia, they will have to defeat superior numbers in a desperate siege The quest for a lasting peace has never been challenging, nor critical for the future of the empire.

    Centurion A centurion s n tj r i n Latin centurio Greek , kentyr n or , hekatntarkhos was a professional officer of the Roman army after the Marian reforms of BC. Centurion Definition of Centurion by Merriam Webster Centurion definition is an officer commanding a Roman century Did You Know Centurion Directed by Neil Marshall With Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Andreas Wisniewski A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is devastated in a guerrilla attack. Centurion definition of centurion by The Free Dictionary He became hated by the whole world, and also feared by those he had around him, to such an extent that he was murdered in the midst of his army by a centurion.And here it must be noted that such like deaths, which are deliberately inflicted with a resolved and desperate courage, cannot be avoided by princes, because any one who does not fear to die can inflict them but a prince may fear them Centurion Definition of Centurion at Dictionary Centurion definition, in the ancient Roman army the commander of a century See . Centurion Roman military officer Britannica Centurion, the principal professional officer in the armies of ancient Rome and its empire The centurion was the commander of a centuria, which was the smallest unit of a Roman legion. Centurion Medical Products Centurion Medical Products Centurion Medical Products develops unique products and innovative services that respond to the changing requirements of the healthcare industry. Home Centurion Managed Care The Next Generation of Healthcare Today While our public service settings can vary among correctional facilities, state hospitals, judicial systems, and community based clinics, Centurion s priority is providing locally based quality care for individuals in the communities we serve.

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        Simon Scarrow is a UK based author, born in Nigeria, and now living in Norfolk He completed a master s degree at the University of East Anglia, and, after working at the Inland Revenue, went into teaching as a lecturer at City College, Norwich.He is best known for his Eagle series This is Roman empire military fiction, starting with the second invasion of Britain, and continuing with subsequent adventures in every corner of the empire The stories are told through the eyes of two centurions, Macro and Cato.To date there are fourteen books in the series.


    1. Our boys defeat the mighty Parthian Empire (with a little help), and bring the important city of Palmyra into the Roman fold, but most importantly of all, Cata takes a wife—even though I thought that serving Roman soldiers were forbidden to marry. A good read. I will admit though, having powered through all of the previous novels to date, that I am growing a little weary of the constant battles, the blood and death, but then again, we are talking about two Roman centurions and the Roman Empire [...]

    2. More of the same. Yet another siege with another set-up, at least in part, incredibly like the previous book in the series, but with a ill-thought out battle right at the end to save the day.Nothing in particular that sets this book apart from the rest of the series or to imply that it would work well as a standalone novel.It's not a BAD installment in the series, if anything it's about as average and mundane as the rest of the series. It's episodic junk food really; no long term nutritional val [...]

    3. This is the 8th book in the Eagle series and sees Cato and Macro in the desert. Palmyra specifically. They have been sent to the aid of a client king whose son has started a revolution to overthrow him. Palmyra's main importance lies in the fact that it sits on the border with Parthia, a land that is definitely not a friend to Rome.The two battle their way against bandits, enemy forces and the desert itself only to end up in a seemingly hopeless position – trapped in the Palmyrian capital pray [...]

    4. Scarrow returns to strong form with book #8 in the continuing adventures of Macro and Cato. From an opening action sequence to the final page, Scarrow provides the depth of story, historical context, character development, realistic action and ongoing subterfuge that have characterized this series.Posted to the very edge of the empire to secure and reclaim a buffer province, Macro and Cato find themselves in the ranks of their newest and recurring adversary, Longinus. Scarrow places good storyte [...]

    5. a brilliant book i only happened to buy by chance, but im soo glad i did, this story had me gripped from start to end and i literally wasted my whole night reading it because i just couldnt stop!Its essentially about two centurions macro and cato and their realtionship during the hardship of their toughest mission yet. They are sent to quell a rebellion in palmyra, a city inbetween two (almost) warring factions of parthia and rome, which has been taken over by rebels.Although some might say this [...]

    6. I think the rating of three is not representative of my enjoyment of this book. It's more like a 3.5, though it could have been closer to a 4.0 if I could get to like the characters a bit more. Macro doesn't inspire me as much as I wanted him to, however, Cato is a good guy, and in this book there is a bit of romance, though we don't get to read any of it but rather find out that it happens off the pages, umffffff!Anyhow, Scarrow does a great job with his history research and has delivered a fit [...]

    7. Billed as a crosss between Spartacus and Master and Commander I was recommended to read this book by our local library, along with a number of others. Just finished it this morning, and the best part of the book is definiately the last fifth. The rest of it is clunky - there is no sense of place, and the characters are a little cardboardish. There were also a few holes in terms of resources and battle plans. So really this is a 2 1/2 book, but I'm being kind to give it 3 just for the fact that i [...]

    8. My bias for this series probably comes in to play with my rating, and I understand the negative comments of similar plot lines, but for me the simple interplay between Macro and Cato is endearing and the humour and suspense has this instalment back to the level at the beginning of the series. Back to "un-put-downable".

    9. So far this has been one of the best in the series. I like the humanity that the characters come out with. You feel a connection with the characters.

    10. Love seeing the start of a new relationship for Cato. Great characters abd an interesting development and insight into this series.

    11. I’ve read the first book and the second last book; but even if you haven’t been following the adventures of Marco and Cato in chronological order; this works very well as a standalone tale; apart from the conspiracy that they have been assigned to. It certainly wants to make you follow the rest of the saga. The rituals of the Roman army; their tactics; lifestyle and equipment are all explained in perfect detail; and Scarrow spares no detail when it comes to the fight scenes. The only downsid [...]

    12. I didn't know that this was the eighth in a series when I picked it up and began to read. Others have commented that it was just more of the same that came before, formulaic I suppose, but having read no others it was fresh and new to me. I love the characters of Macro and Cato, two Roman agents assigned to investigate the governor of Syria when a revolt breaks out in Palmyra and the governor sends them out with an expeditionary force to lift a siege and get them out of his hair. I've no idea ho [...]

    13. Another great Macro and Cato adventure. If you have read and enjoyed the previous books in the series you'll like this one too. If you're a first time reader this will give you a feel for the series. As for me I wanted less battles and blood and more story development - the characters are great but I found a little less intrigue this time round but that might be just me!

    14. More of the same from Macro and Cato. However, this one introduces us to Julia, a romance for Cato. The book built up Cato a lot in this book, about the potential direction he could go in - he could be a very important political figure.The battles were excellent as usual.Audio was expertly done again.

    15. Autor przyzwyczaił swoich czytelników do dokładnego opisu zmagań i wojskowego języka, aczkolwiek wzbogaconego długą listą brutalnych zwrotów. Tłumacz serii, Robert J. Szmidt całkiem wiernie oddaje słowa wyrzucane z ust starożytnych wojskowych, a naprawdę było na czym język strzępić, ponieważ bohaterowie serii trafili po raz kolejny do kotła z wrzątkiem, z którego muszą wydostać się z godnością, poczuciem wywiązania się z zadania narzuconego przez Narcyza, no i przede [...]

    16. After a short break it's time to return to Macro and Cato. Still in the desert, the 2nd Illyrian has moved closer to Damascus when the Governor of Syria receives word that a Parthian forces is headed to to Palmyra, a protectorate of Rome's. The governor sends two centuries, the 2nd Illyrian and a century from the 10th Legion to help the Palmyrians hold their city until the might of Rome can be mustered to fight the Parthians. Oh, did I mention that Macro has been promoted to command the century [...]

    17. With the abundance of Marco and Cato adventures that Simon Scarrow has written it would be easy to get a large vat of tar on the boil and paint the entire collection with the same brush, but this is simply not the case. There are similarities between the lot of them, after all Marco and Cato remain at their centre, but many of the stories have their own feel. ‘Centurion’ is what I would consider a battle book, dominated by some great action set pieces. Gone is some of the intrigue and guile [...]

    18. I fancied trying a mainstream work of fiction, the type you see advertised at railway stations. I found this going cheap in hardback and it was about the Romans, so that alone should have made it interesting, I love anything about the ancient world.The glossy cover told me that it was the eighth in an ongoing series, so the two leads, Cato and Macro, already had a good deal of shared history, which could have been a problem. I was anticipating many references and allusions to events I could only [...]

    19. After Scarrow's previous adventure with Macro and Cato (see my review for "Eagle in the Sand") I had looked forward to this one, hoping that he would again balance out action between our two protagonists. However, I was disappointed that he seemed to revert to his previous tendency to focus on Cato and have him solve every problem the cohorts encounter. Not only that, but Cato is even more unbelievably promoted to Prefect (albeit "acting") because he clearly can't be outranked by Macro for more [...]

    20. I am a fan of this series so I hope my bias is not coming into my reviews, but perhaps it is. Scarrow I find transports me to the primitive time of the Roman Empire.His use of language, though not riddled with terms of the legions, is also not filled with modern constructs that other writers use and throw me out of the setting.In this instance Macro and Cato are still in the Holy Lands for during this period of time, after JC (And I took umbrage with the last book and bringing our heroes into th [...]

    21. -Más de lo mismo, cambiando el decorado de fondo.-Género. Novela Histórica (cada vez menos, en realidad, y más novela de ficción en tiempos de la Antigua Roma).Lo que nos cuenta. Palmira es un pequeño reino que tiene la desgracia de encontrarse entre la periferia de la esfera de influencia de la superpotencia Roma y las fronteras de Partia, una potencia a tener en cuenta que, aunque de talla menor, tiene recursos militares y unas líneas de suministro mucho más cortas a la zona y está pr [...]

    22. As an avid reader of Bernard Cornwell's books, I was naturally drawn to any novel that had his imprimatur. I'm very glad I picked this up and will go back to the beginning of the series to read them all in their proper order (this being book eight, if I'm not mistaken). Picking up where the previous book left off (I assume), we find the two main characters, Macro and Cato, embroiled in political intrigue (against their will) and military action (very much according to their will). The battle sce [...]

    23. I really liked this book. It follows the story of two officers in the army of the roman empire, Cato and Macro. In this book (the eighth in the series) the two set out with a legion of roman soldiers on a military campaign against the Parthian Empire. Rome and Parthia are competing over the kingdom of Palmyra, which is important to the control of the middle east. The book is very action packed, full of battles and fights. These battles are very well described, thanks to the gruesome details the [...]

    24. Another one bites the dust the desert dust of Palmyra in this case as our heroes Macro and Cato continue their tour of 1st century military hotspots. This one is a bit more straightforward than most, though Scarrow set up a few story arcs that he just dropped for no real reason; for a while I thought we were going to get a bit of a whodunit, but that petered out to nothing, as did Cato's unfortunate encounter in one of the night time engagements. Could have done without the wet romantic sub-plot [...]

    25. I really liked this book, but it wasn't until I read about half of it I found out that it was number eight in a series. For some reason, the swedish publicers thought it was funny to not release the entire serie, no, they start with number eight and then come out with number seven (yes the earlier book)a few months laters you can say I was a little annoyed. But i couldn't very well stop in the middle of it so I continued reading. Anyway, I don't read that many books that has an historic foundati [...]

    26. Our two heroes are still romping around Syria. Macro gets to experience Antioch, something he was dreaming about since start of the series.But it's not all fun and games. Our heroes are again thrust into thick of action as revolt within royal family in Palmyra threatens to upset the ballance of power between Rome and its regional archrival Parthia.Cato and MAcro have to take vanguard of roman forces and do what they can while rest of the army marches behind them. Combine that with existing power [...]

    27. reviewMacro and Cato are shipped to yet another part of the Empire by the Roman senate and become embroiled in a fight to stabilise what is to all intents and purposes a neutral kingdom, Palmyra. As usual wherever the pair go trouble follows close behind and it is not long before the pair of them are engaged in trying to stop the forces of one of Rome's long standing enemies, Parthia, who having heard of Rome's presence in Palmyra decide it will be in their own best interest if they also send a [...]

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