[Download] ➵ Pompeii Author Robert Harris – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Certain thriller writers burst upon the scene with considerable impact Forsyth with The Day of the Jackal Cruz Smith with Gorky Park and Robert Harris with the masterly Fatherland Interestingly of the Certain thriller writers burst upon the scene with considerable impact Forsyth with The Day of the Jackal Cruz Smith with Gorky Park and Robert Harris with the masterly Fatherland Interestingly of these three authors by far the most consistent has been Harris and his new novel Pompeii is in some ways his most audacious offering yet a brilliantly orchestrated thriller cum historical recreation that plays outrageous tricks with the reader's expectations As in the eually adroit Enigma Harris takes a familiar historical event there the celebrated code breakers at Bletchley Park here the volcanic obliteration of an Italian city in AD and seamlessly weaves a characteristically labyrinthine plot in and around the existing facts But that's not all he does here few novelists who unlike Harris make a speciality of ancient history for their setting pull off the sense of period uite as impressively as the author does here As the famous catastrophe approaches we are pleasurably immersed in the sights sounds and smells of the Ancient World each detail conjured with jaw dropping verisimilitude Harris's protagonist is the engineer Marcus Attilius placed in charge of the massive aueduct that services the teeming masses living in and around the Bay of Naples Despite the pride he takes in his job Marcus has pressing concerns his predecessor in the job has mysteriously vanished and another task is handed to Marcus by the scholar Pliny he is to undertake crucial repairs to the aueduct near Pompeii the city in the shadow of the restless Mount Vesuvius And as Marcus faces several problems all life threatening an event approaches that will make all his concerns seem petty Other writers have placed narratives in the shadow of this most famous of volcanic cataclysms but Harris triumphantly ensures that his characters' individual dramas are not dwarfed by implacable nature; Marcus is a vividly drawn hero complex conflicted and a canny synthesis of modern and ancient mindsets Some may wish that Harris might return to something closer to our time in his next novel but few who take this trip into a dangerous past will be able to resist Harris's spellbinding historical saga Barry Forshaw.
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- 14 September 2015 Robert Harris