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The Gladiator (Eagles of the Empire 9) Paperback – 2009
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Instead an earthquake and tidal wave beset them as they are near Crete. It throws the Island into turmoil, seriously hammering the infrastructure and forcing our two Centurions to step up once more.
We see the continuing evolution of Cato as a leader and we also see that Macro, once the Master, now becoming the lieutenant. Something that we knew from book one was a possibility and long overdue.
What comes as an unexpected and pleasant addition is that we have an enemy who we had left behind long ago, emerge. One that gives us plausible cause to believe he is not only present at the recovering Crete, but his actions will and do impact the story.
In all, a very good book and nice to see Cato finally on his path instead of treading water. A definite reread when we have the entire series finished.
It is the best, in my opinion, of the ones that have recently been set in the Middle East.
Lots of twists and turns in this one.
One thing I wish the author would reflect more is the continuing maturity level of Cato and the, no doubt, physical limitations besetting Macro now that he is such a seasoned veterean. I have read too many series inmy lifetime where the characters remain ageless, and/or have no physical or mental results that mount up over time from their hardships.
This is actually part of the arc began in book 9, The Gladiator. The villain there, Ajax, slipped away and now needs to be dealt with. Cato, still progressing in his development assumes even greater leadership now, and pursues the hunt efficiently, applying good sound tactics in battle, as well as surviving harrowing fights.
Macro as well, though he may begin to see the end of his progress up the ranks. It is clear that Macro, once the mentor, can only rise so far, but Cato can rise as far as ability can take a man.
Another great read in the series. Well worth investigating.
Again great book, I recommend reading all of Scarrow's books. Great author, very captivating series. Can't wait for the next one to come out.