The Eagle of the Twelfth

Book - 2012
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They are known as the Legion of the Damned...Throughout the Roman Army, the Twelth Legion is notorious for its ill fortune. It faces the harshest of postings, the toughest of campaigns, the most vicious of opponents. For one young man, Demalion of Macedon, joining it will be a baptism of fire. And yet, amid all of the violence and savagery of his life as a legionary, he realises he has discovered a vocation - as a soldier and a leader of men. He has come to love the Twelth and all the bloody-minded, dark-hearted soldiers he calls his brothers. But all that he cares about is ripped from him when, during the brutal Judaean campaign, the Hebrew army inflict a catastrophic defeat upon the legion - not only decimating their ranks, but taking away their soul - the eagle. There is one final chance to save the legion's honour - to steal back the eagle. To do that, Demalion and his legionnaries must go undercover into the city of Jerusalem, into the very heart of their enemy, where discovery will mean the worst of deaths, if they are to recover their pride. And that, in itself, is a task worthy only of heroes.
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2012
Description: 400 p. : maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780593065457
Branch Call Number: Scot


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Jun 06, 2014

I am writing this review a couple months after I read the book and I don't seem to have remembered much about the story. I think I might have read a few too many Roman books in a row and they've all started to blend.
I did miss having Pantera as the narrator, seeing him from anothers perspective was interesting but I liked him driving the narrative instead.
Unfortunately for me, books two and three never did live up to the wonderful first volume but a good trilogy overall.

Nov 20, 2012

Good writing, the kind that "makes you feel you were there" texture and detail. You really get the feeling of what it would be like to be a Roman legionaire, the grit and the glory. Story drags a bit in the middle but the ending is superb,

Rengrrlspl Nov 14, 2012

Another fascinating glimpse of the early days of Christianity from master storyteller Manda Scott!

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