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The Blood Crows Paperback – October 24, 2013

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Book 12 of 13 in the Eagle Series

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Praise for Simon Scarrow's novels: 'I don't need this kind of competition' -- Bernard Cornwell 'An engrossing storyline, full of teeth-clenching battles, political machinations, treachery, honour, love and death... More, please!' -- Elizabeth Chadwick 'A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read' Mail on Sunday 'For those who like their historical fiction to include plenty of bloody thrills and spills, Scarrow's latest book will prove irresistible' Living History

About the Author

Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. His bestsellers include his earlier novels featuring Roman soldiers Macro and Cato, most recently PRAETORIAN and THE LEGION, as well as SWORD AND SCIMITAR, about the 1565 Siege of Malta, and four novels about the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte - YOUNG BLOODS, THE GENERALS, FIRE AND SWORD and THE FIELDS OF DEATH. He is the author with T. J. Andrews of the bestselling ARENA, introducing the gladiator hero Pavo. Simon's novels have been published in the USA and in translation all around the world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (October 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755353811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755353811
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on October 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
No 1 Bestselling author of historical fiction, Simon Scarrow triumphs again with another thrilling adventure of Marco and Cato (Eagle #12). These battle-hardened soldiers of the Roman Army now fight for the Empire in Britannia, as they face deadly adversary Caratacus. Death and destruction sweeps across the province and into the heartland of Wales, with growing resistance from ruthless native tribes seeking dominance and supremacy over all. This is the final test for centurion Macro and Prefect Cato (who lead the cavalry cohort 14th legion), into the midst of a bloodbath of epic proportions. If death did not reach warriors then they would face a fate worse than death; taken as prisoners (slaves) by the Druids as sacrifices to the Gods by being flayed or burned alive. Journeying into these lands would strike even the toughest man down with fear, and piercing their heart with dread as the fate of the Roman Empire could be shattered irrevocably.

"This was a new kind of warfare. Soldiers would need to be utterly ruthless if the enemy's spirit was to be broken. And those soldiers would need to be led by officers who would pursue the enemy with a merciless sense of purpose and no pity in their hearts"
- Quote. Page 7

This is certainly a book to compete with the likes of Bernard Cornwell (my favourite author of Roman novels), as Scarrow blends historical facts with characters in such a convincing way. Wonderfully detailed and authentic, there is even a map on the Roman Army chain of command and a brief introduction included. The brutal fight to save Britannia is brought vividly to life in all its gruesomeness and gritty realism, transporting you back in time as events unfolded. The Eagle series has to be one of the best within this genre, and this new novel is a clear testimony of one of our greatest adventure writers.

*I won an ARC of "The Blood Crows" (Eagle 12) by Simon Scarrow in a Goodreads, first-read giveaway *
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
From the get go ‘The Blood Crows’ goes straight into the action and the reader is given a vivid account of blood and guts. For those of you who have sampled other books in the series you will no doubt be familiar with Mr Scarrow’s approach to action scenes as the reader is immersed into the narrative, better than some video game. What you also get in this new novel are some new and interesting plot threads.

Mr Scarrow also pays attention to historical element – the reader gets a thought-provoking look into Roman society and here we really get to see the differences between say the native inhabitants of Britannia and the Roman occupiers. The dialogue is framed in such a way – so you really get a feel for the merits of this book. The pacing, as ever is good, and is pretty engrossing as well as entertaining. The Blood Crows is literally edge of your seat stuff, as the author has mastered the art of balancing between well moulded characters and pulling the reader into their ‘world’. The characters of Macro and Cato, as always, are the centre piece of the series, they are really well crafted and it was pleasure to be in their company again. They do not fail in keeping the readers interest; after all ‘we’ the readers have ‘invested’ ourselves in their lives – warts and all.

So, if you’re interested in reading about the rich tapestry of Imperial Roman and the Empire they forged, or you are already familiar with Simon Scarrow’s Eagle series - then look no further as The Blood Crows will be right up your street. Great story telling that only Simon Scarrow could have put together.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Twelve books in and Simon is still writing like he has something to prove. After a bit of a Macro/Cato hiatus, Simon takes us back to the Roman legion with all the action and blood that we have grown to love. And expect. But this story had a weird... feel to it. I read this book so pissed at Cato that I was actually rooting against him.

After having themselves soiled with having to do the bidding of Narcissus, Centurion Macro and Prefect Cato are finally able to do some "decent soldiering". Unfortunately it's on the dreadful island of Britannia with all of the charm and luxury that she affords. Caratacus is still harassing the Empire and the Emperor needs to put him down. You know... especially since the Emperor stated "mission accomplished" a few years back.

Caratacus and his band of barbarians are as brutal a group as Rome has fought. Death on the battlefield is seen by most ancient tribes as the honorable way for a warrior to die. However, if you're fighting Caratacus and happen to live through it, death might be seen as deliverance. But despite the brutality of the barbarians, it pales in comparison to our new king of the ball, Centurion Quertus. This is where my contemptuous for Cato begins and also where this exciting story starts to get even better.

Quertus is a soldier who takes immense pleasure in breaking the locals. And by breaking I mean abject slaughter. The twist here is that he's not entirely out of line with his orders, just his methods. And he should probably take a remedial course on 'How to Treat Superiors 101'. Prefect Cato has been ordered to take command of the fort and he finds he must fight the enemy as well as rogue Romans.
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