Books: HISTORICAL DRAMA.
Centurion by Simon Scarrow (Headline pounds 12.99).
THE eighth novel in the Eagle series, set in the first century AD, sees our Roman soldier heroes in the far east of the empire.
Macro and Cato, friends despite a wide age difference, lead the Second Illyrian cohort into arid desert in a rush to reach and defend the small and officially neutral kingdom of Palmyra against the threat of Rome's old enemy Parthia.
They are helped by a son of Palmyra's king, while another son is aligned with the huge army which challenges his father.
The fighting is brutal and bloody, success is critical, and the all-action duo face a desperate and dangerous mission with bags of courage and not a little fear. *****