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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, tMacro 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....

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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Praetorian Reviews

  • Robin Carter
    2019-01-21 03:04

    Praetorian: Book 11 of the Macro & Cato series, always a winner, i think the only time i have struggled with one of these books was gladiator and that was just the one character in the book.Legion saw a return to old school Macro and Cato and Simons best work, so would Praetorian keep up that momentum?Yes and No: No because the book is different, the style not what you normally expect from Macro and Cato, more mature almost (the characters), with more intrigue and danger around every corner, never knowing who they can trust.Yes because the book is excellent, the usual fast paced exciting writing with characters we know so well and can honestly care about. This is one of the best in this series.The Intrigue in this book gives it more depth without losing the great camaraderie which grows and grows with every book, the intricacies of a relationship that has to change and evolve as changes in rank and relationship occur, as the young Cato matures and grows.As usual with my reviews i wont touch on the story too much as i feel reviews should not contain plot and spoilers. But if you have not read Simon Scarrow before, yes you could read this as stand alone, (but i also encourage you to buy them from the start) if you enjoy historical fiction with pace, passion, great research and also reality in your characters then look no further, this tale unlike some of the others just has an extra dimension (the politics)And at the end...well for those readers who follow the series...the boys are coming home...Whoo Hoo!! Im really looking forward to book 12.Highly recommended book and series.(Parm)

  • Nathan Trachta
    2019-02-19 03:30

    Mr. Scarrow's books of Macro and Cato have been a love of mine for a while now; currently my favorite historical fiction series overall (I'm sorry Mr. Sharpe). The character development and stories have been interesting. I've also enjoyed seeing young Cato mature (though slightly disappointed that Mr. Scarrow hasn't paid the same attention to Macro).Praetorian has Cato and Macro now in the Praetorian Guard, working for Narcissus to expose a plot against the Emperor. Rather than being a nice simple affair, Mr. Scarrow has our heroes learn the underside of Roman politics and why it's sometimes safer to be on the frontier than in Rome. Mr. Scarrow does give us our fight scenes but there's more description of Cato and Macro uncovering plots and surviving adventures than the military maneuvers of earlier books (yes, I miss the simple days when Cato was an Optio, Macro was the Centurion, and we were interested in how their century would survive the fight. While this is a departure from the normal for Cato and Macro, it really just rolls them back from the big scheme to a smaller unit view. An enjoyable read, solid 4 stars for me!

  • Beorn
    2019-01-28 03:07

    One to add to the endless list of Roman "mystery" novels.Relatively little time is spent on familiarising readers with the two main characters. It's arguable that that was because this is over a dozen books into the series so the author didn't feel it necessary. To me however it feels a little lazy as it could have easily been worked into being a book that stood out on its own instead of being just a link in the chain.As far as the storyline goes, there isn't much in the way of suspense, intrigue or menace. The conspiracy is there but it feels very much like it's on the back burner and doesn't particularly get your brain ticking over.There's far too much pondering, wistful thinking into the distance and ruminating. Far too little action or menace for my liking.The only thing that saves this book is that mercifully, in the last quarter of the book, the pace and intrigue actually kicks in at last and makes up for lost time. If you don't see the second conspiracy coming, then you should be registered a literary blind person.Overall not the most riveting, darkest or compelling novel surrounding a conspiracy but an alright addition to the canon.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-06 04:00

    I enjoyed the foray into the political arena of Rome for this installment in the Cato/Macro adventures.

  • Jonathan Tomes
    2019-01-21 03:06

    Just finished the 11th book in Simon Scarrow’s Eagle series detailing the lives of two Roman soldiers, Macro and Cato. In the first book, Under the Eagle, Marco was a Centurion and Cato a new Optio (similar to a second lieutenant in today’s Army) that was to be his second-in-command. Now, in The Praetorian, after a series of adventures in Gaul, Britain, Israel, and Egypt in the preceding novels, Cato has advanced in rank to outrank his former boss. They have become useful to Narcissus, a freed slave who has become a trusted advisor to Emperor Claudius, who, in this historical fiction novel, brings them to Rome to act as spies by transferring them to the Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s own guard. Members of the guard are apparently conspiring to murder Claudius and elevate his adopted son, Nero, to the throne. Although not thrilled at having to be spies rather than soldiers, they accept the duty. The novel is a departure from the usual military campaigns that Scarrow details so well, but is equally entertaining with insights into life in Rome. When grain deliveries to Rome fail, the emperor must throw more and more elaborate circuses to placate the mob—conditions that the plotters hope will help them seize power. Sound like an American political campaign today? Anyway, a great read and fitting new story about Macro and Cato. Five Stars easily.

  • Andy
    2019-02-15 05:10

    4 StarsDoes exactly what it says on the tin! A good continuation in the series for all fans of Macro & Cato out there.I must admit to prefer the duo when they are soldiering rather than acting as Imperial agents for Narcissus but with the yarn set in Rome it revolved around the Praetorian guard, the Imperial family, the plebs & was a decent enough mystery & adventure story with enough about it to be learning about the machinations of the Guard & the politicking of the court of the period.

  • Paul Bennett
    2019-02-07 01:24

    You might think that by the time you reach the 11th book of a series that features the same two protagonists that one might get tired of those two protagonists. Not so with Cato and Macro. They continue to entertain, this time from Rome itself as they go undercover in the Praetorian Guard. The story is full of the normal give and take between them as they sniff out a plot to assassinate Claudius. Twists and turns in the plot keep the story moving. Indeed, the author has done a magnificent job as he leads the reader from the opulence of the palace to the stews of slum ridden streets and even into the great sewer system itself. If you are a follower of this series then you will be pleased with number 11; it is a page turning delight.

  • João
    2019-01-27 05:30

    Fantástico. Intriga, conspiração.. o 11º volume da saga da Águia não desilude. Depois das grandes batalhas em Creta, Síria e Egipto, foi bom ter agora um capítulo num ambiente mais urbano, no coração de Roma. É um livro que "desromantiza" a Guarda Pretoriana, revelando um mundo onde apenas os interesses pessoais imperam e não o bem comum. É um livro onde a acção fervilha em cada página, revelando-se difícil de largar. Apesar de ser o 11º livro da saga, não existe grande necessidade de ler os restantes 10 para se perceber todo o plot, pois o autor enquadra tudo muito bem. É fácil relacionarmos-nos com os dois personagens centrais. São carismáticos e criam empatia, sem serem "super-homens"

  • Todd
    2019-01-23 01:05

    This was a bit of a departure from Scarrow's usual writing since it revolved around Roman politics and the role of the Praetorian guard. Overall I enjoyed reading this book. Although, the series does seem to be dragging out a little.

  • Simon Williams
    2019-02-01 04:05

    Another brilliant instalment and I thoroughly enjoyed every page (screen really as I read it on my kindle and phone). A different setting to the other books but there is still the recurring theme in that they end up to their necks in sewage at some point. Can't wait for the next book.

  • Talento nella Storia
    2019-01-19 09:08

    Recensione pubblicata su www.talentonellastoria.comIn una precedente recensione ho passato in rassegna l'intera saga storica "The Eagles Series" di Simon Scarrow. Ben tredici romanzi di ambientazione storica incentrati sulle avventure di due soldati romani, Catone e Macrone. Vorrei parlarvi nello specifico dell'undicesimo libro, quello intitolato “Il pretoriano”, edito dalla Newton e Compton nel 2012. Tengo a precisare che non considero questo romanzo il migliore della serie ma è quello che si discosta dall'andamento complessivo dei precedenti. Dunque merita un approfondimento a parte. Scarrow dal 2000 a oggi ha sfornato, quasi ogni anno, un nuovo capitolo di questa serie. In Italia i vari romanzi sono stati pubblicati non in ordine cronologico, dunque almeno io ho fatto una certa fatica a ricollegare nel giusto andamento temporale tutte le vicende e gli avanzamenti di grado dei protagonisti. Alla fine mi sono rassegnato ad affrontare ogni romanzo come una unità a se stante, evitando di interrogarmi su quanto del passato e del futuro già conoscessi. In questo senso "Il pretoriano" è un capitolo squisitamente autoconclusivo. Si legge e si fa apprezzare senza necessità di conoscere quanto successo in precedenza.Basti sapere che Catone e Macrone sono due legionari di valore. Il primo è un prefetto, il secondo ha il grado di centurione. Provengono da teatri di guerra difficili e di frontiera. Sono uomini coraggiosi e temprati da mille battaglie. Macrone è il classico soldato nato e cresciuto nell'esercito. Combattere è ciò che gli riesce meglio. Catone è un ex schiavo di corte, arruolato quasi per sbaglio nelle legioni. Ha cultura e intelligenza. Nel corso degli anni si è guadagnato onori e avanzamenti di carriera grazie a un ineccepibile stato di servizio condito di atti eroici e azioni spericolate. Insomma, l'eroe che non ti aspetti. Siamo sotto l'impero di Claudio, (41-54 d.C.), e Narciso, uno dei liberti segretari del vecchio sovrano, ha bisogno dei due valorosi per sventare l'ennesima congiura ai danni dell'imperatore. Richiamati a Roma, Catone e Macrone sono arruolati come soldati semplici nella Guardia Pretoriana. Qui iniziano un percorso di indagini che li porterà a contatto con gli aspetti più marci della politica romana, tra mal'affari e intrighi di corte. Perché “Il pretoriano” è diverso dai suoi dieci predecessori? Scarrow per la prima volta allontana i suoi protagonisti dai campi di battaglia e li catapulta in una realtà cittadina. Non ci sono barbari da uccidere o frontiere da difendere ma esiste un presunto complotto da sventare tra gli ambigui ambienti di corte. Questo è un romanzo di indagine, condito di alcune scene di combattimento “urbano”. A prevalere sono gli elementi d'intelletto. Lo scrittore britannico abbraccia dunque un filone che ultimamente va per la maggiore nei romanzi di ambientazione storica. Lo fa con perizia con una narrazione appassionante nella quale il “caso” prende forma lentamente grazie a particolari all'apparenza irrilevanti che concatenati formano le tessere mancanti del puzzle. Salta all'occhio come in un contesto simile, il ruolo di Macrone vada gradualmente scemando, seppur l'autore cerchi di dargli visibilità con scene ritagliate ad hoc per il suo personaggio. Il disagio del legionario di mestiere tra gli ambienti di corte si avverte fin da subito, simile a quello di un elefante all'interno di una cristalleria. Scarrow sopperisce alla perdita di consistenza di uno dei protagonisti di fantasia con la riuscita caratterizzazione dei personaggi realmente esistiti. Il ritratto dell'imperatore Claudio, negli ultimi anni del suo governo, è notevole così come lo è quello del segretario Narciso, del tribuno Burro o dell'ambiguo Tigellino, degli adolescenti Nerone e Britannico, rispettivamente figlio adottivo e figlio naturale dell’imperatore. Tutti individui che storicamente assumeranno importanza negli anni successivi alla morte di Claudio. Sesto Afranio Burro fu prefetto del pretorio sotto Nerone per volontà dell'imperatrice Agrippina Minore. Con Seneca, tentò di contenere gli eccessi del giovane regnante indirizzandone la politica fin quando, nel 62, morì per probabile avvelenamento. Tigellino divenne a sua volta prefetto del pretorio. Amico intimo di Nerone, divise con questo perversioni e nefandezze. Narciso, insieme all'altro liberto Pallante, fu capo indiscusso della corte di Claudio. Grazie alla sua abilità politica e ai tanti agenti segreti infiltrati in tutti gli ambienti capitolini, riuscì per anni a controllare la politica imperiale, sventando diversi tentativi di congiura tra cui quello della prima moglie di Claudio, la bella Messalina. Il figlio di costei, Britannico, fu spodestato dalla successione imperiale da Nerone e avvelenato dal fratellastro durante un banchetto. Aveva quattordici anni.Quali sono i punti forte di questo romanzo? In primis la ricostruzione storica. Oltremodo interessante è l'excursus all'interno della Guardia Pretoriana, questo particolare reparto militare d'elite, istituito da Augusto, che provvedeva alla difesa di Roma e della famiglia imperiale. Claudio fu reso imperatore proprio dai pretoriani che si presero la briga di eliminarne il predecessore, ovvero Gaio Caligola. La Guardia divenne un mezzo per affermare nuovi regnanti e garantire il potere di chi riusciva a guadagnarne la fedeltà con denari e donativi. Il ruolo storico di questo corpo militare fu determinante per l'intera storia imperiale dell'Urbe, almeno fino a quando Costantino I non lo sciolse nei primi anni del suo governo. La Guardia Pretoriana venne sostituita dalle formazioni delle Schole Palatine, non più legate alla città di Roma ma alla figura stessa dell'imperatore che seguivano in tutti i suoi spostamenti. Scarrow ha il dono di non indugiare troppo negli aspetti descrittivi. Favorisce l’azione, incalzante e repentina. Ovvio che ogni narrazione ha bisogno di qualche pausa. Lo scrittore ricorre a situazioni ironiche di scambio verbale tra i due protagonisti. In antitesi a quanto “va di moda”, Scarrow evita di “impreziosire” il suo romanzo di scene di sesso spinte e piccanti che si spingono avanti per pagine e pagine. Questo aspetto mi è davvero piaciuto. Qui non si parla di essere scandalizzati dalle scene di amore, di trovarle peccaminose o quanto altro. Il romanzo storico o di ambientazione storica non deve per forza contenere la “sezione erotica”, se i personaggi non lo richiedono. Troppo spesso l’eros diviene l’escamotage per allungare il brodo. Il grande scrittore non ne ha bisogno.Per concludere. Scarrow è una garanzia. “Il pretoriano” è un romanzo che gode di un’accurata ricostruzione storica con un impianto narrativo collaudato e forte di anni e anni di perfezionamenti. Si legge con facilità . In libreria si trova a un prezzo irrisorio di 5 € per un romanzo di 390 pagine. Su Amazon è disponibile il formato digitale Kindle a 3,99 €. Purtroppo ho constatato che online, (sui maggiori siti di distribuzione), non è più possibile reperire la versione cartacea. Peccato. Valutazione: quattro stelle su cinque

  • Dimitri
    2019-01-28 09:20

    I can readily identify with Emperor Claudius, with his stutter and his gait in contrast to his sharp intellect (he studied Etruscan centuries afer the language died). His public works, such as the new harbour at Ostia, made him popular, though he was once attacked by a mob during a grain riot. Scarrow takes his Suetonius and runs with it. The Eagles can't disappoint (the band neither) and going on an undercover mission in Imperial Rome is a nice change of scenery from frontier warfare in Britannia Egypt. Still, Marco & Cato are soldiers, not spies. They don't do much until they stumble upon the Big Conspiracy, whereupon the end of the novel rushes in with swords drawn. The setting of the ancient city is definitely underused.

  • margaret chalmers
    2019-02-18 06:08

    Brilliant nail biting actionDue to an error this being starred as a four star when it should be a five star. My bad! However you are in for five star action. This is one of the best I prefer the stories where Cato's brains match Macros' fighting skills. Set in Rome with Imperial intrigue and assassination conspiracies for our boys to sort out. And they do. Plenty of fights, lots of gore, imagine it in the cinema. WOW! Read and enjoy Sorry Simon I didn't hit the final star properly. I will be more careful to give you your proper due with next eagerly anticipated one.

  • Victor Ahumada
    2019-02-12 02:14

    Al principio extrañé el cambio de las campañas y batallas por las intrigas palaciegas, pero Scarrow hace tan amenos sus relatos que nuevamente logró interesarme por algunos aspectos que desconocía.Creo que si se hiciera leer estos libros (por lo menos el primero) en el colegio a los niños se ganaría mucho en dos aspectos, fomentar la lectura (son amenos) y reforzar la historia (abunda la información que uno suele desconocer).

  • Michael Craig
    2019-02-12 08:15

    With a suitable gap in time having passed since reading another in the Eagle series, I read and enjoyed Praetorian. It was set in Rome where Cato and Macro were given the task to infiltrate the Praetorian Guard and to foil an assassination plot on Emperor Claudius. This was vintage Simon Scarrow and gave excellent background descriptions of life in Rome of both the common people and the privileged. The story progressed nicely at a pace and is a "must read" for those who like historical fiction with plenty of action and intrigue. I have no hesitation in recommending It and giving it 4 stars.

  • SEAN
    2019-01-31 09:28

    Having read the previous ten books in this series - in a row. I was really pleased with this latest instalment involving Macro and Cato. Less battles and fighting this time round and more plotting and scheming which made for a refreshing change.

  • Andre
    2019-02-19 05:12

    Not the usual Cato and Macro adventure among the legions, but still a very entertaining story, displaying perfectly the backstabbing politics in Ancient Rome.

  • Scott Gardner
    2019-02-08 02:05

    Completely different from the other books , Marco and Cato go undercover in Rome to unravel a plot to kill the emperor.No big battle scenes , more spy thriller stuff

  • Gumble's Yard
    2019-02-18 01:16

    11th in the series and a welcome return to the intrigues of Rome – this time with Marco and Cato in the City itself. Narcissus orders them to join the Praetorian Guard as rankers under false names to investigate an apparent conspiracy of the Liberators. Rome is suffering from a grain shortage (partly linked to the previous stories such as the problems in Egypt) and the Liberators appear to be cornering what grain remains using stolen Imperial silver supplies. The setting of the book in Rome with real historical characters mean it is much stronger than many of the previous books.

  • Patrick Raets
    2019-02-16 02:02

    "Praetorian" is het elfde boek uit de reeks over de Romeinse legionairs Macro en Cato. Ik ontdekte de reeks in 2013 toen het eerste boek in het Nederlands werd vertaald (Onder de adelaar) en was meteen verkocht. Simon Scarrow slaagt er fantastisch in om het dagelijkse leven van een legioensoldaat weer te geven en vooral de hardheid en discipline van dat bestaan. Bovendien geeft hij elk boek een interessante historische setting mee, met uitstekend beschreven militaire clashes en een heel spannend "inside verhaal". Eén nadeel voor de fans van de reeks in het Nederlands: de vertalingen verschijnen heel traag (a rato van één vertaling per jaar) waardoor ik naar de Engelse versie ben overgeschakeld (reeds 14 boeken). Wat "Praetorian" zelf betreft, het verhaal speelt zich in Rome af, waar Macro en Cato "undercover" ( dwz. zonder graad, als gewone legionair) worden ingelijfd bij de Praetoriaanse Garde van keizer Claudius. Ze moeten op zoek gaan naar een samenzwering binnen de garde die het gemunt heeft op het leven van de keizer en komen daarbij in een echt wespennest van intriges terecht in de keizerlijke hofhouding. "Wespennest" is dan nog misschien zacht uitgedrukt! Verschillende fracties ijveren binnen de paleismuren om de gunst van de keizer en zijn familie en blijken bovendien allemaal hun eigen politieke agenda te hebben. Het boek is een beetje een "vreemde eend in de bijt" voor de kenners van de reeks omdat hier het "detective genre" de overhand neemt. Maar ook nu slaagt Simon Scarrow er weer probleemloos in om je als lezer aan het boek gekluisterd te houden en hangt hij tevens een heel duidelijk beeld op van hoe de Praetoriaanse Garde erin slaagt om zich in de loop van de tijd om te buigen tot een politiek instrument, zonder wiens goedkeuring geen enkele keizer nog in het zadel kan blijven, een vaststelling die hij op het einde van het boek in een kort historisch overzicht verduidelijkt. Als extraatje is er nog een interview met de schrijver over aspecten van zijn schrijverschap. Ik verheug me al op het volgende boek waarin Macro en Cato terugkeren naar de legioenen in Brittannïe.

  • D.w.
    2019-01-19 08:11

    This is still a great series. In the back notes, Simon, the author talks of returning to two old friends, and that is how the series is now. Macro has softened a bit, though still rough and tumble and a better fighter than Cato. Cato is still the brains that keeps Macro away from the trouble he is prone to get into. Here is the closest we have been to the Imperial Purple, Claudius, who is near the end of his tenure. And we see the seedy underside of politics as all prepare for what is to come when Claudius is gone. It is a shame that we do not see the craftiness of Derek Jacoby in the time when Claudius appears. That would have elevated the story I think.Also, there are times when we can see what Cato needs to see two, and three times before he realizes that there is not one simple plot to follow, but many and, well it's complicated. As Imperial politics should be where all are scrambling for power to come.Yet that complexity and the background make this a great read. Though still troubling is that Cato, so close to his lover, would not send some form of communication to her. A subplot we have been exploring for the previous three books.One hopes that having met Vespasian at the beginning of the series our two heroes will continue on for the next reign and the turmoil and then be on hand to aid that Emperor when he comes to power. Many more tales, please!

  • José Miguel
    2019-01-19 09:14

    Siempre que leo un libro de esta saga de Quinto Licinio Cato, que con este llevo once, me recuerda a mi abuelo. Me recuerda cuando me reía de sus lecturas, no paraba de devorar novelas de Marcial Lafuente Estefanía, iba a cambiarlas a un pequeño estanco y se dormía a la hora de la siesta con un puro en una mano y con una novela en la otra. A mi siempre me parecía la misma, aun a pesar de que Marcial escribió alrededor de 2600 de estas novelas cortas, y así se lo decía a mi abuelo, el solo se sonreía y seguía disfrutando de las aventuras del lejano y peligroso oeste. Ahora yo soy mi abuelo cuando leo las aventuras de Cato y Macro, son entretenidas, llenas de aventuras y te hacen olvidarte de lo demás. No son una obra de arte, no son un ensayo sobre la vida de la Roma Imperial, no son una prosa magnifica. Pero tienen un poco de todo y mucho de entretenimiento. Al final cumple su objetivo a la perfección. Y al final le tienes cariño a los dos personajes y quieres saber más de sus historias, igual que mi abuela, que terminaba las películas siempre diciendo, "¡pero bueno!, ahora nos dejan sin saber que paso después, ¿se casaron? ¿tuvieron hijos? ¿que fue de ellos?"Pretoriano. Para los seguidores incondicionales de la saga, que son muchos.Nota: 7

  • Paul
    2019-02-01 04:01

    Shifting from his usual style of writing, Simon Scarrow diversifies the Eagle series brilliantly, introducing a new and interesting change from the usual war accounts. After Cato and Macro return from their grueling "hunt" after the Gladiator, Ajax, they expect to receive promotions, amongst other things, for their achievements. Yet Narcissus, the Imperial Secretary, has other plans for them. In a time of turmoil and social unrest, the Emperor needs all the allies he can get.Picking up from the last few books, Scarrow finally utilizes the fact that Rome's grain supply is quickly diminishing. The mob is on the brink of starvation, and some mysterious group has hurriedly bought up the extra supply of food. Narcissus believes it's a conspiracy in the Praetorian Guard, the very entity that brought Emperor Claudius to power. Hiring Cato and Macro to infiltrate the Guard and uncover the conspiracy, he hopes to keep his "dear" Emperor in power, and in turn, maintain his as well.Away from the usual scene of battle and gory warfare, Cato and Macro seem out of place with this whole spy business, but will Cato's quick wit and Macro's sturdy soldiering enable them to survive the ordeal? Will they find out the traitors and stop them in time? Read the book and find out!

  • John Salter
    2019-01-28 02:26

    Praetorian sees a departure from the usual legionary capers for Macro and Cato as the two intrepid heroes return to Rome to work undercover as members of the Praetorian guard as they try to uncover a plot to undermine the Emperor, Claudius and bring his reign to an end.Being a big fan of all Mr Scarrow's books, I was really looking to this story especially as it was going to be different. Although enjoyable, the pace of the storyline was a lot slower than usual and I thought there was less humour and cutting remarks especially by Macro that usually have me chuckling away to myself.The picture created by the writing easily allows you to 'see' the environment where the two spies find themselves especially during their escapades in Rome's sewer system. There is also an unusual attempt on the Emperor's life but I won't spoil it for you in-case you intend to read the book.Overall it's another good story and addition to the previous books and best of all, the boy's are returning to the legions and Britannia in the next instalment.

  • Miguel
    2019-02-09 03:25

    En esta novela se ha consumado el giro que han sufrido las novelas de esta saga. En su inicio nos encontrábamos con unas tramas más simples y centradas en las batallas entre las legiones y los bárbaros que no se dejan invadir, pero conforme Cato ha cogido protagonismo las historias han evolucionado hacia unas tramas más complejas y con menos acción. Las conspiraciones se han convertido en el núcleo de las historias y dejan poco espacio para el uso de los puños.En principio esta evolución me gusta y además se ha dado casi de forma natural, dicho lo cual he de reconocer que me apetece que la próxima novela de la saga vuelva a sus orígenes, que queréis que otra diga ;-) a veces necesitamos nuestro chute de droga dura, y además poco a poco Macro ha perdido protagonismo y creó que es una lástima.

  • Justin Tonna
    2019-02-12 02:21

    I like Simon Scarrow. His books are an easy read, mixing a little bit of history with some great action. It's not a literary prize winner - but then it doesn't pretend to be. What I liked about Praetorian is the back and forth of the two main characters (Macro and Cato). There is a chemistry there that jumps off the page. It makes them feel real. Scarrow himself says that they have taken on a life of their own and write themselves. Also, the book has some interesting plot twists - and does keep you guessing (although you won't have to guess too hard). This book differs a little from the others in that this is not a battlefield romp, but a spy novel that sees the two characters go undercover in the Praetorian legion.A fun read, and a good addition to the series that chronicles the exploits of Macro and Cato.

  • Colin
    2019-01-26 07:16

    For me this was the best of the whole series so far. Scarrow is writing in a different style here as it ends up in a more political conspiracy thriller area, with the solving of the mystery putting this one a lot closer to the likes of Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series.Due to this it feels much more mature and takes the story of Cato and Macro up a notch. Especially as opposed to the previous The Legion where it almost felt like a teen book in places. Nonetheless Scarrow has somehow cunningly written in a nice handful of skirmishes (although there are no pitched battles) into the story, so you won't miss out on the action. So in that sense it's a win-win.I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I hope the series continues at some point!

  • Rithun Regi
    2019-02-16 06:03

    The story of Macro and Cato is set in the context of Rome in her glory days. There are many relevant themes highlighted such as the blessing of a true friendship in the snake pit where all the snakes are vying for in the dangerous game of politics. The story shows that Rome which is built on the ideal of freedom loses its true ideals when tyranny of the Caesars reign. The book shows that true friendship gives you a purpose in life and success gained through hard work is more enjoyable than success through power plays and politics. Macro and Cato can be related to by any of us as there is a bit of us in each one of us. A good read and a well researched book.

  • Soteris
    2019-02-11 07:10

    Cato and Macro return to Rome in this book and as the title suggests, they are pushed into the ranks of the Praetorian guard to help uncover a plot aimed at taking down the Emperor. As usual, Simon Scarrow delivers with a great story that engages the reader straight from the first chapter. Macro and Cato will continue to be my most favourite ever Roman Legionaries and I hope he never stops writing about these two me. Those that know the series will not be disappointed, those that do not, get involved. Hard, gritty and often humorous in places, this series of books is one of the best for anybody looking for stories in the time of the Roman Empire.

  • Luka Novak
    2019-02-01 07:18

    Eagle series can be divided into two sets. One has our heroes involved in fighting, other in covert work. This book falls into latter category.Cato and Macro have to go undercover in Praetorian Guard to uncover plot to assassinate eperor Claudius, guided by ever present Narcissus. For our heroes this is somehat of a shock as they are used to their rank but now assume identities of ordinary legionaires.In the process they meet several people who will shape Roman empire later, such as Nero.While book is not bad I prefer books where Cato and MAcro are involved in conventional fighting and life or ordinary legions.