The Zealot

The Zealot

Book rating: 05 Hardback Roman Legion Novels

By (author) Simon Scarrow

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 36mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1590207793
  • ISBN 13: 9781590207796
  • Sales rank: 183,377

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Trouble is brewing on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. The troops are in a deplorable state, while the corrupt behavior of their senior officers threatens to undermine the army's control of the region. To restore the competence of the men defending a vital fort, two experienced centurions are dispatched to Judea. On their arrival Macro and Cato discover that Bannus, a local tribesman, is fomenting rebellion amongst the followers of Jehoshua, who was crucified in Jerusalem some seventeen years earlier. As the local revolt grows, Rome's longstanding enemy Parthia is poised to invade. Macro and Cato must stamp out corruption in the cohort and restore it to fighting fitness before the Eastern provinces are lost forever. Originally published in the UK as "The Eagle in the Sand "and available for the first time in the US, "The Zealot "follows the continuing adventures of centurions Cato and Macro. A master of his craft, Simon Scarrow combines stunning historical detail with riveting battles and rich characters to bring the Roman Empire to life as never before.

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Simon Scarrow is the internationally bestselling author of the Roman Legion series. He was educated at the University of East Anglia and was a history professor before becoming a full-time writer.

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By Franz Schulze Bisping 20 May 2014 5

This book was formerly known as �?�¢??The eagle in the sand�?�¢??.
If you own that book, don�?�¢??t buy this.

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Praise for Simon Scarrow's Roman Legion series: "I really don't need this kind of competition." --Bernard Cornwell "Scarrow manages to summon up all the glory and the gore that characterized life in the Roman legions. Outstanding . . . a new master of the genre." --"Booklist" "A combustible concoction of intrigue, treachery, and violence . . . Scarrow's combat is brutal and sanguinary; his imperial politics are almost as sharp." --"Publishers Weekly" "Scarrow again provides a vivid sense of history and believable scenes of maritime action. His righteous but flawed protagonists are winning heroes." --"Kirkus Reviews" "All the hallmarks of Bernard Cornwell at his best." --"Oxford Times" "Rollicking good fun." --"Mail on Sunday" "A macho, all-action book . . . if there's a battle [you'll] be in the thick of it, and the fact that you're also getting a few modules worth of ancient history is a bonus." "--Guardian" Praise for "The Zealot: " "A riveting novel enhanced with accurate historical detail deftly interwoven into a superbly crafted story of the Rome Empire. Very highly recommended and entertaining reading." --"Mason's Bookshelf"