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The Gladiator

Eagles of the Empire, Book 9
Written by: Simon Scarrow
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Eagles of the Empire, Book 9
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
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The Gladiator is the compelling ninth novel in Simon Scarrow's best-selling Eagles of the Empire series. A must read for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

While centurions Macro and Cato are returning to Rome from a harrowing campaign against the Parthians, their transport ship is almost capsized by a tidal wave. They barely make it to the port of Matala in Crete where they are stunned to find a devastated town. An earthquake has struck the island, destroying its cities and killing thousands. In the chaotic aftermath, large bands of the island's slaves begin to revolt and local bandits, taking advantage of the slave rebellion, urge the Cretans to overthrow the Roman administration. With many of the island's troops either killed or wounded during the earthquake, the governor of the province calls on Macro and Cato for help. Can they move swiftly enough to counter the rebellion before it sweeps the Romans from the island?

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  • Acteon
  • 2015-06-14

Good one, better than expected

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gladiator to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The evocation of how hard and precarious life was, especially of course for those who were born slaves or ended up as slaves. It also brought me closer to the sense of what life must have felt like.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book more than certain negative reviews had led me to expect. I don't entirely disagree with their objections (the romance, a certain novelistic crudeness -- I don't mean crude language! -- implausible elements such as the senator sending his daughter away for her safety when it seems at least as dangerous to expose her to the huge numbers of marauding slaves), but on the whole they did not bother me too much, perhaps because I was not looking for literary perfection.

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  • Rollin
  • 2013-09-18

Exciting adventure

Would you listen to The Gladiator again? Why?

Yes, because I love Scarrow's series on centurions. This one is especially interesting because of the complexities of the local plot -- a slave revolt on Crete -- intertwined with the political implications for the Roman Empire.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. There are very interesting twists and unexpected turns, as when Julia is captured by the rebel gladiator and is later freed by Cato.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final attack by sea and land on the rebels' encampment.

Any additional comments?

This is one of Scarrow's better efforts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-14

Great book - as all of the Eagle series

Like how Scarrow describes the daily life of the Roman period, besides the story itself

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  • Robert Evans
  • 2017-05-26

This is one you can't put down

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The following novel in the series, "Legion", is not available, at least in the US. A huge disappointment.

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  • james
  • 2016-12-11

Another great story

Exciting finish! Always a fun read. Macro and Cato have become like family to me now.

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  • Martin
  • 2014-03-30

excellent But !

Would you listen to The Gladiator again? Why?

probably, its a good book.

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A great book as are all the authors others. However in hind site to be PC should'nt I be rooting for the slaves to win ?

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  • G.Monie
  • 2013-06-28

The Macro & Cato Show Continues

If u like the Macro & Cato books which if u are considering getting the 9th of the series I assume u somewhat know what they are about, this book is above average. They have the luck of Ulysses & end up on Crete after a huge earthquake where there is a slave uprising... thats what happens to pent up aggression pushed upon a certain caste when they are finally allowed to strike back at they're 'captors'. I like the gladiator "fighting honor" & it really shows how mankind can do the exact opposite of banding together & overcoming but when slavery still exists I guess there's not much brotherly love around lol.

It is another worthy addition to the duo's climb within the Roman hierarchy & entertaining mix of the 2 opposite personalities, but with an added almost 'in-law' uncomfortability while traveling with ur loved one, a situation that can lead not only to the death of the ones u love to not measuring up to a fathers expectations...

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