“ Author: Simon Scarrow / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 11 December 2008 / Genre: Historical Adventure / Publisher: Headline Publishing Group / Title: The Eagle's Prophecy / ISBN 13: 9780755350001 / ISBN 10: 0755350001 / Alternative EAN: 9780755301188 „
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And so we reach the review of Simon Scarrows sixth Eagle book , The Eagles prophecy.
Set in 45 AD and our usual protagonists Macro and Cato are held in Rome awaiting their fate due to events in the previous book. Meanwhile pirates are causing the Emperor trouble as they have stolen the infamous Sybillin prophecy scrolls , which can help tell the future of Rome and its Inhabitants.
Of course Macro and Cato are offerd the classic decision , die or take part in a suicide mission. Not only this but running the deal is Vetellius , who has been on the wrong side of the duo since the beggining. So they set sail with the roman fleet and a battle for the future of Rome lies , once again , in the hands of Macro and Cato.
It's nice to see Scarrow trying another form of writing , taking on the challenge of writing about the Roman's sea battles is not a task many have accepted. He does very well keeping the action understandable and exciting , as its not only new to him but also to the audience.
The pirates are shown as ruthless and cunning right from the off , and the pirate leader Telemachus, has that sauve pirate attitude we have become accustomed to, although he doesnt feature as much as i would have though , only really appearing in person , at the beggining of the book and in the last 50 pages. This does keep an air of mystery and excitement about him though.
The book also starts quite fast paced as a bourne style chase occurs , as Macro is noticed in the stadium by the man who sentenced them to death. This pace setting really grips you and the story carrys on rising and falling as the action splits into two lines , as usual in his writing style.
We also get to see a bit more of Macro's background, we meet his mother and hear about his hardships and troubles with his father. His mother ran off with a roman marine , seeing as his job entails him fighting alongside marines , this leads to tense moments. Not only that but Macro is fighting beside the man who his mother ran off with.
Finally this book has got the most double crossing , twists and turns of any Scarrow novel so far, but he somehow manages to keep it streamline and easy to keep on top of , leaving it as a surprise than a confused piece of text.
The book is availble on Amazon for £4
Overall I have to say it's the best book in the series that I have read , but that may be biased due to it combining my favorite two peices of history , Rome and Pirates.