The first in a series of action-packed novellas set in Ancient Rome introducing Pavo, a novice gladiator, and featuring Simon Scarrow's ongoing soldier character Optio Macro.
It is AD 41. The savage Gaul Britomaris has defeated the best of the Roman gladiators in the arena. Now a young volunteer, Marcus Valerius Pavo, the son of a murdered general, has been given a month to prepare to face Britomaris in a fight which only one man can survive. He is to be trained by veteran soldier Macro, who fears for his young trainee's chances. But Pavo is motivated by more than a simple desire for victory or survival, and Britomaris may yet be facing his most dangerous opponent...
Short and sweet
Good story, well written, but at 100 pages quite short, not great value for money
Very disappointed in this scar row book, very short book I thought I'd only read a chapter and found it was the whole book. I hope mr Scarrow sees this as I will probably finish Challenger in the next three minutes
Arena: Barbarian (Part One of the Roman Arena Series)
What a con this short form of a novel is. The end comes too soon, the story is not allowed to fully develop - then suddenly it's over, you find only when you buy the next instalment will the tale continue. An unsatisfying way to read Simon Scarrow's work - not worth the money.