Book of the Year see all. Cato and Macro are back! It is A. It is the motive behind the theft that has Narcissus, the freedman of Claudius and one of the most powerful men in Rome, coerce Macro and Cato, as they kick their heels in Ostia, into infiltrating the Praetorian Guard. A unit known more for parade gloss and carousing than serious military action is about to get the wisdom and action of our dour, hard-headed centurion and newly promoted though unconfirmed intelligent prefect.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Praetorian by Simon Scarrow. Praetorian Eagle 11 by Simon Scarrow. 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, t Macro and Cato now find themselves members of the elite Praetorian Guard, charged with defending the emperor himself against harm. 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.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Praetorian , please sign up. Can I start the serie with this book? William I would start with book 1 in most series. The Cato and Macro books are best enjoyed and understood in series order, both for the development of the c …more I would start with book 1 in most series.
The Cato and Macro books are best enjoyed and understood in series order, both for the development of the characters, and the historical timeline of Rome. See 1 question about Praetorian…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Praetorian Eagle, Oct 19, Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it. 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.
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 simp Mr. 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.
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! May 05, Robin Carter rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. 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 Whoo Hoo!! Im really looking forward to book Highly recommended book and series. Sep 12, Beorn rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , romans.
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, intrigu One to add to the endless list of Roman "mystery" novels. 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. Jan 17, Jonathan Tomes rated it it was amazing.
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. 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. View 1 comment. No idea why I waited so long to carry on with this series.
I forgot how good they are. 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. They have their limits, they can and do get injured or nearly lose fights. 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. Feb 18, Paul Bennett rated it really liked it. 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.
Praetorian by Simon Scarrow
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Praetorian is the eleventh book in the Eagles of the Empire series by Simon Scarrow. Macro and Cato are spending their days at an inn in Rome , awaiting orders from Emperor Claudius 's secretary, Narcissus. Narcissus finally arrives and orders the duo to go undercover in the Praetorian Guard to uncover a plot to assassinate the emperor. As instructed, the duo joins the Praetorian guard under different names and try to uncover the plot.
Share on:. Still in hock to the imperial secretary Narcissus, Praetorian opens with our heroes Cato and Macro kicking their heels at the port of Ostia. They're about to embark on one of their most challenging adventures yet - as undercover spies in the Praetorian Guard. Rome in AD50 is full of perils. Imperial authority is now absolute and the Senate really only exists as an old boys club. The real power comes from being an adviser to the Emperor and, as these advisors jostle for influence, plots and conspiracies abound.