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The Eagle Bloodied,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eagles Conquest (Taschenbuch)
In this second book in the Series by Simon Scarrow we return to Second Legion, Fourth Cohort, Sixth Century to our two heroes, the veteran Macro and his protege, the young Cato. Under the leadership of their Legate Vespasian and his ruthlessly ambitious Tribune Vitellius, they fight three major battles, the last under the inept but enthusiastic leadership of the bumbling Caesar Claudius, against the Britons in a bid to capture the city of Camulodunum and break the will of the Britons. But the fierce resistance of Caratactus's tribal alliance is not the only hindrance: intrigue, plots and political machinations dog the Roman military machine.
Once again, Scarrow spins a tale of military adventure, masterfully taking us from the grunt's eye view of roman battlee-lines to the anxiety of the general staff, from the cautious friendship between Cato and a Carthagian surgeon named Nisus to the ambitous plots of Tribune Vitellius, from Cato's relationship with the social-climbing slave-girl Lavinia to Vespasian's gnawing doubts about his wife Flavia. And always in the background is the savagery of the Briton's fierce resistance to invasion. The story ends with a nail-biting climax which leaves you waiting eagerly for the next book in the series.
Unlike the Germanic tribes of the last book, the Britons are more fleshed out. We also see the Roman logistic trains, the amphibian assaults, the vast machinery of war required, even in 40 A.D., to support an invading army. In spite of this, Scarrow retains a strictly Roman point of view which adds to the character of the story as well as to the characters of the book.