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Up against the Nubian hordes and old friend, Ajax,
This review is from: Legion (Hardcover)
The Legion by Simon Scarrow is the tenth book in the Under the Eagle series. This book immediately followed Scarrow's previous book, Gladiator as our two heroes, Cato and Marco chased after their arch enemy, Ajax, the escaped slave leader and his gang. The chase take our heroes into Egypt and down the Nile where they encountered a Nubian invasion there, making life bit more difficult for our heroes. For the first time in this series, the young Cato actually become Marco's superior, leading to some interesting interplay between the two.
Is it me but is Simon Scarrow's books actually getting better as he write on?? I guess experience must count for something. The Legion proves to be a very well written book from where I am sitting. Its light years ahead of the first book, Under the Eagle. I found this book to be very fast pace even although action doesn't colored every page. Book was engrossing enough that I read it in one major sitting and enjoyed it. Characterization proves to be quite good and he doesn't give away the plot line so quickly. It was also quite enjoyable to read the continual evolution of both Cato and Marco characters as their relationship changed in this book. Cato's pains of learning leadership is insightful and level out the book as Marco continued his role as a mentor, teacher, friend and now a faithful subordinate. Obviously our heroes do win in the end and the book point to another grand adventure coming up for our underappreciated heroes.
One of the more interesting aspects of this book is Ajax's Capt Ahab mentality toward Cato and Marco and vis versa. Talk about obsessive behavior patterns. This lead to one small weakness to this book and that is how the author continually keep both sides snapping at each other throughout the book in coincidental contacts.
This is not a stand alone book. It would really help if you read the whole series but if not, you still got to read Gladiator first if you have not. Otherwise, it pointless to read this book. Still, if you are a fan of Scarrow, his Under the Eagle series, buying this book is a total no brainer. Its a must buy and it is one of Scarrow's best works in my opinion.
PS: This book isn't sold in the United States at the time of this review. My book came from Amazon.UK and it took over a month to get here in Alaska! Worth a wait though!!
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2011 8:39:16 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
thanx...this is truly a great series by the Author most responsible for igniting the current bunch of books on the legions of Rome.
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