The Eagle in the Sand

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The Eagle in the Sand
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First UK edition cover
Author Simon Scarrow
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Eagle series
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Headline (UK)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-7553-2774-4
Preceded by The Eagle's Prophecy
Followed by Centurion

The Eagle in the Sand is a novel written by Simon Scarrow, published by Headline Book Publishing in 2006 (and published in the US as The Zealot in 2014[1]). It is the seventh book in the Eagle series, starting with Macro and Cato's transfer to the eastern provinces of Rome.


Trouble is brewing on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire. The troops are in deplorable state, while the corrupt behaviour of their senior officers threatens to undermine the army's control of the region. To restore the competence of the men defending a vital fort, two experienced centurions are dispatched to Judea from Rome.

On their arrival Macro and Cato discover that there is an even more serious problem to deal with. Bannus, a local tribesman, is brewing up rebellion amongst the followers of Jehoshua, who was crucified in Jerusalem some seventeen years earlier. Now Bannus is pushing the faction towards violent opposition to Rome.

As the local revolt grows in scale, Rome's long-standing enemy Parthia is poised to invade. Macro and Cato must stamp out corruption in the cohort and restore it to fighting fitness to quash Bannus - before the eastern provinces are lost to the Empire for ever...


  • Lucius Cornelius Macro (Centurion of the Second Illyrian)
  • Quintus Licinius Cato (Centurion of the Second Illyrian)
  • Scrofa (Prefect of the Second Illyrian)
  • Gaius Larius Postumus (Centurion of the Second Illyrian)
  • Parmenion (Centurion of the Second Illyrian)
  • Proximus (Decurion of the Second Illyrian)
  • Quintatus (Decurion of the Second Illyrian)
  • Cassius Longinus (Governor of Syria)
  • Florianus (Centurion)
  • Tiberius Julius Alexander (Procurator of Syria)
  • Narcissus (Imperial Secretary of Rome)
  • Symeon ben Jonas (Judean Guide)
  • Murad (Symeon's adopted son)
  • Bannus (Rebel Leader)
  • Jehoshua (Crucified Pacifist)
  • Miriam (Jehoshua's mother)
  • Yusef (Jehoshua's son)
  • Silas of Antioch (Caravan leader)

Praise for Simon Scarrow's Eagle novels[edit]

'It's Spartacus meets Master and Commander in this rip-roaring, thoroughly entertaining tale of swashbuckling adventure' Daily Record[citation needed]

'Scarrow's legionary adventures have put guts back into historical writing' Northern Record[citation needed]

'A good, uncomplicated, rip-roaring read' Mail on Sunday[citation needed]