Pompeii

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Random House, Sep 14, 2010 - Fiction - 416 pages
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A number one bestselling Roman thriller from the award-winning master of the literary and historical thriller genre: Robert Harris. A thrilling depiction of one of the most famous natural disasters in human history: the explosion of Mount Vesuvius.

A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? But even as Rome's richest citizens relax in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, there are ominous warnings that something is going wrong. Wells and springs are failing, a man has disappeared, and now the greatest aqueduct in the world - the mighty Aqua Augusta - has suddenly ceased to flow. Through the eyes of four characters - a young engineer, an adolescent girl, a corrupt millionaire and an elderly scientist - Robert Harris brilliantly recreates a luxurious world on the brink of destruction.

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User Review  - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing

Pompeii gives a feel for what it might have been like leading up to and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. I found the bits about the aqueducts fascinating. The descriptions of the depravity of the elite were hard to handle, but not so bad as to ruin the story. Read full review

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

The eruption of Vesuvius from the eye of a local water engineer. Great light fiction - good historical setting, fast paced, rising tension. Great stuff. Read Dec 2006 Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robert Harris is the author of eleven bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and Conclave. His forthcoming book, Munich, coming out in September 2017, is set over the four days of the Munich Conference, and is filled with the real-life characters and events of the time. Several of his books have been filmed, including The Ghost, which was directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in West Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby.

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