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The Eagle in the Sand

Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
Written by: Simon Scarrow
Narrated by: Russell Boulter
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 7
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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If you don't know Simon Scarrow, you don't know Rome!

The Eagle in the Sand is the action-packed seventh novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. Essential reading for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

Judaea in AD 46. Roman centurions Cato and Macro have been posted to Judaea for a 'hearts and minds' operation. The Empire needs to win over the locals after some of their religious figures have started revolts - and since the Romans crucified the last charismatic Judaean leader, the natives' rebellions have become bolder.

Not only are these small villages causing trouble, but there are also thousands of Parthians eager to fight Rome. With the threat of suicide attacks and even all-out war, Cato and Macro have their peace-keeping work cut out....

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  • Shirlene
  • 2012-10-09

Entertaining Romans in the Field

What did you love best about The Eagle in the Sand?

So glad this was not abridged. The friendship between the two centurians welds this story together and provides a good adventure. Although the author does not delve into Roman camp life as much as I would like, the story is still cohesive and the characters believable. All together a good story and fine narrator. I'd like to see more non-abridged works by Simon Scarrow.

If you’ve listened to books by Simon Scarrow before, how does this one compare?

Better than any of the abridged books.

Have you listened to any of Russell Boulter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Solid performance.

Any additional comments?

More non abridged books by this author.

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  • Michael Bryan
  • 2013-01-14

Well done

Excellent read all around. Its difficult to find an author with the love of historical accuracy and detail, while being imaginative enough to spin a good yarn.

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  • Paul McMahon
  • 2013-07-22

Could have been set any time up to modern era …

I haven’t listened to the first 6 books. This one stands on its own, so doing so isn’t essential; mostly they aren’t available from audible at the time of this review.

I’ve listened to 5hrs and I just don’t care. The plot is unsophisticated; predictable. It seems to be written for teen readers. The characters, reading and story don’t draw me in; and I’m a fan of this style of book: Falco series, Medicus Ruso, Ship of Rome, etc.

The characters seem unfleshed and they behave with inconsistency; both within their own development and the “Roman” setting. This could be due to the reading; voices that I can see in a TV series (Spoiler? I think Sean Bean would play Macro in the style of “Sharpe”), but detract from the drama for me. They frustrated me.

I’m Australian so the voices chosen probably are less satisfying because the accents haven’t resonance although that hasn’t been a problem with other books’ readings. The best voices are of the non-Romans.

Could have been set any time up to modern era … French Foreign Legion?

The volumes between the narration and the dialogue vary quite a bit, so listening with head phones might be a problem.

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  • joe
  • 2012-07-09

MORE!

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I want more Simon Scarrow! Stop messing about with the abridged versions and make available the unabridged!

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  • GP
  • 2019-03-14

Great story and great narration.

Another great Macro and Cato story! I really liked this adventure. Very exciting from the start to the finish!

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  • Scott
  • 2015-07-20

Great

Narrator is incredible, and story is just as good as previous titles in the series

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  • Kathleen
  • 2015-01-04

Kathleen

Loved the book. Narrator does great job of differentiating voices. Am rooting for Macro to find love. Love roman history

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  • Paul Harris
  • 2013-12-13

Good read...for the Roman history buff

Nice change of venue for the Macro & Cato guys! Interesting take on the eastern Empire dynamics. You will like this episode.

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  • G.Monie
  • 2013-06-14

Great series!! Macro & Cato: SPQR 'Green Berets'

This book about Macro & Cato bring them to all so familiar a place that brings serious problems with foreign occupation. Scarrow also added a nice historical stew of catholic/Judaism history of the 'savior & his disciples.' Not to spoil anything but once u read this book u will think about the old testament in a different perspective, believable & placed in a continuous action/betrayal that eventually brought Rome down.

Its depressing in its own philosophical way how the region described in this book has not changed nor have wanted to change from the period this book is suppose to take place to current events. The area & the people are still obsessed with religion & any little slight produces a hive of angry bee's regardless of the circumstances... nothing has changed lol. Macro shows his ability to be the military leader his character usually takes on balanced with his conscience/intellectual muse which is Cato, the pair always complimentary like peanut butter & chocolate. Ok, no more cheese analogies... The book continues to make the series very good & leaving the reader wanting more. Well worth the credit, although there are multiple things unresolved which is always upsetting, especially about characters u come to despise