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Publisher Description

The Sunday Times bestseller!

It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire.

When young Telemachus joins the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he's delighted to escape the rough streets of Piraeus. He knows little of the dangers of life at sea. And even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board when a pirate ship appears . . .

The fight is bloody, but the result is never in doubt. Then the victorious pirate chief, Bulla, offers the beaten men a cruel choice: join us, or die. After surviving a brutal initiation rite, Telemachus impresses his new captain with his resourcefulness and strength, and swiftly rises through the pirate ranks. But dangerous rivals talk of mutiny and murder. While Prefect Canis, notorious commander of the imperial fleet, is relentless in his pursuit of the pirate brotherhood.

Could Telemachus be the man to lead the pirates and challenge Rome?

PIRATA is also available in five ebook novella parts.

What readers are saying about PIRATA

'I strongly recommend you read this' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

'A great gripping read' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

'Fast-paced and exiting throughout' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

Fiction & Literature
July 11

Customer Reviews

obtemper ,


I found the prose to be rather stilted. In fact, the entire book read as if it was a boys own novel, (there was not even a heroine or love interest) The entire storyline appeared to be something that would have appeared in D.C. Thomson’s. “Hotspur” comics of the sixties or seventies

I have read most of Scarrow’s novels including all of his Cato and Macro novels. This was definitely not one of his best.

As far as adventure novelists go, both Bernard Cornwall and Wilbur Smith remain supreme.

nicp289 ,

Substandard from such a great storyteller

I’m a huge fan of Simon Scarrow and his historical fiction. His writing style keeps you embedded in the era and the action is gripping.

Not in this book.

Reading this is like watching a US TV show. You know the ones; they repeat EVERYTHING for 5 mins after each and every Ad break. Jesus, half the text feels like ‘filler’. I understood the lad wanted to free his sibling the first time. I didn’t need to be reminded every other page.

The flow of the story is basic and unrefined. Almost like the primary target readers are young teenagers.

It’s a shame. I was hoping for more. Especially having searched out this book after seeing Mr Scarrow in a TV interview promoting it.

I didn’t bother finishing it

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