Wardi recommends a book and asks for your help

I don't suppose anyone reading this might know where I can get a hold of English translations of the "Coq Rouge" book series by Jan Guillou?? Well, if you ever stumble upon such information, please give me a shout. Ta.

And speaking of books, I'd like to recommend another book: Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow.

It is 42 AD, and Centurion Lucius Cornelius Macro is based in the heart of Germany with the Second Legion, the toughest in the entire Roman army. Battle-scarred and fearless, Macro is prepared to lead his men against any foe, but even he is shocked to discover that the army’s next campaign will take them to a land of unparalleled barbarity – Britain.

Quintus Licinius Cato is a new recruit, and the regulars are disgusted when he is appointed second-in-command to Macro because of his connections to the imperial court in Rome; Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. Even the fair-minded Macro can’t see how the fresh-faced boy could ever become a hardened legionary.

Now, that only tells you what it's about and that's vital information for any book recommendation. But what's it like then??

Well, seeing as I'm recommending it, it's a fair shot that it's worth reading. And it is. Because it has interesting characters, the pace is fairly quick and all the while you do learn a bit about the Romans at that time.

And in my book that's always a good thing. Cause I'm a sucker for all things Roman. I read another Roman period book, about Caesar, recently and it's made me think that maybe I should read Caesar's own account of his time in Gaul, Bellum Gallicum. And if I read it in the original language, I'd be practicing my Latin as well. Cause Caesar was a good writer and so the Latin is fairly easy because it's so correct.

But I digres, Under the Eagle is the first in a series of books (and I can't wait to get stuck in with the next ones!) and so it is really only letting you get to know the characters and setting the stage for the rest of the series. At the end of it, the Second Legion has only just survived its first battle with the natives of Britain. I guess this is another appeal of it, that it takes place in England - a way to get to know a bit more about this country's history, even if it is in a fictitious form.

Anyway, this was only meant to be a very short post, but there you go.

Thursday, September 15, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:09 PM