Review: Hunting the Eagles

Hunting the Eagles (Eagles of Rome, #2)Hunting the Eagles by Ben Kane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Arminius and his treachery continues in this second edition of the Easgles of Rome series set in the early years of the Common Era and following on from the slaughter of three Roman legions in the Teutoburg Forest. This edition follows the Roman general (and heir to the Emperor) Germanicus as he ventures into the lands of the hostile German tribes bringing vengeance and retribution to the inhabitants. The characters met in the first edition, those that survived the massacre at least, return to journey with Germanicus, facing the same tribes that destroyed their comrades and spirited away all the Eagle standards of their legions.

Along the way we encounter mutiny amongst the current legions of the German frontier, witness the virtual elimination of some German tribes, and watch as Arminius almost delivers the same kind of destruction on the current crop of Roman soldiers as he had previously done.

Again, Kane masterfully weaves a wonderful narrative into the warp and weft of history, engaging the interested reader in the larger historical story arc with attention to detail and well-developed characters. This edition, like its predecessor, was thoroughly enjoyable.

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