Goodreads: Praetorian (Eagle #11)
Author: Simon Scarrow
Published: 5th July 2012 (Headline)
Source: Charity Shop
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “Macro and Cato now find themselves members of the elite Praetorian Guard, charged with defending the emperor himself against harm. Yet, they rapidly find that the Guard is riddled with conspiracies aimed at bringing the ageing emperor Claudius down, and raising either of his two sons, one by birth, Britannicus, the other by adoption, Nero, to the purple. Needless to say, the two centurions manage to find themselves in the thick of the action. In the background is the Machiavellian figure of Narcissus, well known to both legionnaires, and also his rival for control of the emperor, Pallas. ” – Goodreads
Review: It been ages since I read one of the Author’s book. No idea why I waited so long to carry on with this series. I forgot how good they are. Got to love the Roman/Soldier humor, had me laughing out loud a few times. I liked how twisty this one was compared to the others. Showed a different side of the main characters. Also showed an interesting side of the Roman culture.
Another thing I have always liked about this series is that the main characters aren’t invincible. They have their limits, they can and do get injured or nearly lose fights. They aren’t some superhero team. They are simply just two soldiers trying to do their duty by protecting Rome and each other. It nice to see their interactions with each other. Both so comfortable with each other and their own way of doing things. It was also nice to see Cato grow more into his new role.
I’ve always been fascinated with Rome and especially thier military organization which still influences most of the western world’s armies. The Praetorian Guard’s were always of interest. I think I’ll seek a copy for myself to read. Thank you for this informative review, enjoyed finding the connection.
I would highly recommend reading the series from the start, really good series. And thank you for reading my review 🙂
My pleasure to read you. You do a great job. I’ll look and see if I can find the complete series.
I like the word ‘Praetorian’ 😉
don’t ask me to spell it lol