Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Eagle In The Sand, Simon Scarrow

Publishers: Headline

Pages: 501

Main Characters:

Marco, Cato

The Eastern Frontier of the Roman Empire is in trouble.  Often seen as the ‘backwater’ of the Empire, its troops are in a poor state as well as its forts and roads. Its officers are also corrupt, believing that because of their distance from Rome they are outside Roman law and are therefore outside the limits of punishment. Meanwhile unrest is happening in Judea. After the crucifixion of Jehoshua seventeen years earlier at the hands of the Romans, his followers have united under one man Bannus in an attempt to remove Rome from the region for good.

Marco and Cato, after just been proved innocent in a case concerning the death of an officer, are posted to the Eastern front in an attempt to keep their heads down (as they have enemies all over the Empire) and in an attempt to train the troops protecting the Eastern frontier. When they arrive in Judea they find the situation much worse than what they were told back in Rome. Not only are the troops poorly trained, the forts ruined, the officers corrupt and the threat of a Jewish uprising very real,  it is also very likely that one of Rome’s oldest enemies Parthia will invade the Eastern frontier.

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