Under the Eagle is Simon Scarrow’s first book. Cato joins the Second Legion as an Optio, a rank usually reserved for veterans, much to the dismay of the other men in his Century. However, under his Centurian Macro, he grows into the position. Along the way, they become involved in a plot involving lost gold and the Emperor.
This is Mr. Scarrow’s first book. The author mentioned that he is attempting to create a Richard Sharpe character for the Roman Legion. That is a pretty high standard, but he is off to a decent start. It will be fun to see if the characters become a bit more dynamic in the upcoming novels. He also kind of yada-yadas the battles, which I also hope improves. All-in-all, a good start and a fun read.