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Pompeii [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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  • Pompeii
  • Robert Harris
  • English
  • 14 September 2015
  • 9780739307892

About the Author: Robert Harris

ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best selling novels Fatherland Enigma Archangel Pompeii Imperium The Ghost Writer Conspirata The Fear Index and An Officer and a Spy Several of his books have been adapted to film most recently The Ghost Writer directed by Roman Polanski His work has been translated into thirty seven languages He lives in the village of Kintbury England with his.



10 thoughts on “Pompeii

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Attilius's occupation is an auarius in the Roman Empire a job description that nowadays would be director of waterworks operations and maintenance for the southern district of Italy As the earth beings to swell and shake in ominous warning in advance of the tragedy that is to come the main aueduct cracks and fails and Attilius is sent out to repair it So this is a historical novel and we learn of life in the Roman Empire around AD 79 at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius Here are masters and slaves filthy rich and beggars We get a little romance as Attilius meets the lovely daughter of a viscous cunning landlord who used to be a slave himself We learn a lot about Roman culture meals daily life transportation technology ships soldiers relations between men and women political and financial corruption and the uniue role of the baths in Roman culture It's an old fashioned boy gets girl despite obstacles romance story during a fast paced hectic three day period between when the aueduct fails and the volcano blows We learn about the aueduct system tunnels reservoirs and siltation tanks We learn of famous real life Romans such as the general and prolific scholar Pliny the Elder and his nephew Pliny the Younger

  2. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Pompeii demolished in the world's most famous volcanic eruption in AD 79 killing thousands at the apex of the Roman Empire ironically the people never knew Mount Vesuvius was this a volcano; understandable since the previous significant one occurred 1800 years before no town existed and the name unknown to them because the word hadn't been invented yet but soon would lets say by borrowing from the Roman god of fire Vulcan Our story unfolds when a young despondent man of 27 a recent widower Marcus Attilius Primus arrives in the prosperous resort city the kind that if you have money they like you he has an important job here as an auarius the chief engineer of Aua Augusta a huge aueduct which supplies 250000 inhabitants with life giving water around the Bay of Naples His predecessor Exomnius vanished where is he Wasn't he from the island of Sicily in the Mount Etna area This confounded mystery puzzles everyone however life continues and Rome uickly sends a replacement because prominent officials have villas there many powerful Senators a bright honest individual causes Marcus numerous problems the era is shall we hint a little corrupt Pompeii is ruled by a wealthy businessman Numerius Popidius Ampliatus a former slave a man of immense courage he has to show the people his preeminence After an earthuake of almost two decades ago flattens the city Ampliatus flourishes maybe unethically done nonetheless the houses were rebuiltbribes the local magistrates into doing his bidding all for the good of Pompeii's future he implies This is not a dull novel so complications occur a water break in the aueduct must be found swiftly and repaired the engineer falls in love surprise surprise with Corelia the daughter of the cruel Ampliatus who hates him you can't trust a man who will not accept a kickbackAnd we haven't yet mentioned the great Pliny the Elder writer soldier philosopher naturalist adviser to Roman Emperors Vespasian and successor Titus his tough son the new Caesar of a few months the latter a former comrade in the Germanic campaign and now the obese old man in poor health is admiral of the fleet a honor bestowed primarily for his loyalty to the ruling family in actuality has very little nautical experience luckily the Roman naval port is Misenum close to the disaster Moreover Pliny a very curious man indeed prides himself in knowing all his countless books testifies to this fact Besides his talented nephew of 18 Pliny the Younger can help him observe the catastrophe anyway a closer look would be betterHowever the book comes alive when the dead fall under the avalanche that buries Pompeii under rocks and ash toxic clouds of gas arise over 20 miles in height noon becomes midnight darkness engulfs the stunned citizens walking blindly in the deluge nearby Herculaneum too the grim sounds travel to Rome 150 miles away as the excruciating heat flows down from the mountain frying the victims just six miles distant Pompeii a celebrated town of 20000 disappears and is forgotten for seventeen centuriesA marvelous exciting book the only fault is it's 200 pages too short I wanted to learn about the doomed city and the peoplea lost civilization well worth knowing

  3. Lance Greenfield Lance Greenfield says:

    This is the story of a latter day Super Mario an Italian plumber who overcomes very difficult challenges to fix the water supply to Napoli and surrounding areas before the local volcano erupts to ruin everything for everybody OK I admit that I am grossly trivialising a tremendous story which is really about Marcus Attilius Primus the auarius or chief water engineer who is sent to the Bay of Naples to manage the water supply to all of the towns in the area The main artery of the supply is the aueduct Aua Augusta which Attilius's grandfather may have had a hand in building under the supervision of the great Agrippa Water engineering has been the career path of Atillius's family back through at least four generationsFrom the off Attilius is up against it His predecessor disappeared mysteriously and neither his team of engineers and slaves nor those masters who govern Naples and the surrounding area are inclined to trust the new auarius The first chapter opens with the horrendous execution of a slave who has been held responsible for the deaths of one of the local lord's prize fish The lord's daughter accompanied by the unfortunate slave's mother urgently seek the help of Attilius who uickly discovers that it is something in the water which has killer the precious fish But they are too late to save the wretched slaveEvents unfold and develop during the two days leading up to the famous eruption which buried PompeiiThis is a rivetting read if ever there was one As you would expect there are many dangers to overcome and as you read you will be wondering who will survive and who will not This does not become clear until the final pages I have to confess that I was wishing for the demise of certain characters whilst hoping for the survival of others That is a sign of how well Robert Harris engages the reader with the actors in this storyDefinitely merits five stars

  4. Adina Adina says:

    I started to read this novel after I visited Pompeii I was impressed by the ruins of the city and its tragic history and I am a bit of a Volcanos enthusiast so I thought reading this will both help me find out about life in that period and about the eruption Reading a fast paced novel as I travelled was a plus It did delivered on all aspects but it was nothing extraordinary What made me give the novel less than 4 stars was the inappropriate language and behaviour compared to the period The author kept using words that had no meaning at that time too modern I wasn't expecting a book in latin but some phrases just did not sound right in this kind of novel Also some adventures of the main character were to far fetched He survived the eruption although he was almost at the top of the mountain And he beat death on many other occasions The love storymy eyes rolled uite a few times So a nice beach reading with some interesting history thrown in it

  5. Sara Sara says:

    I have been a bit fascinated with the idea of Pompeii since I was a girl and the National Geographic ran photos of the people frozen in mid flight trying to escape the horrors of the eruption of Vesuvius Robert Harris has visited Pompeii through the story of Attilius the engineer in charge of the aueduct that served the area Before the eruption before the horror there is a problem with the flow of the water Attilius seeks to repair the breach in the aueduct and this leads him to be in Pompeii at exactly the wrong timeI did enjoy reading the story There was the tension of knowing what was to come and the wish to see Attilius survive the inevitable I can imagine that much of what people felt and the reactions that came too late were exactly as Harris depicted However I could never become truly invested in his characters and I therefore felt very little for their plight It seemed a bit trite like a 1970s disaster movie think Poseidon Adventure although I do not know what I could have expected him to do with this foregone scenario Not a bad tale just not a great one I would still like to go and see the ruins of Pompeii for myself It is easy to form a tightness in the chest when one thinks about how horrible this must have been for the actual people who lived there How hopeless it was in those moments before the cloud of fiery gas spewed down the side of the mountain and froze them in time forever

  6. Neil Pierson Neil Pierson says:

    It should be a Two For One A suspense novel to take to the beach; and some insight into life in the Roman Empire and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius And maybe a small tutorial in primitive plumbing Unfortunately it turns into an 0 For OneThe plot is serviceable Marcus Attilius Primus is an engineer newly in charge of the section of aueduct that services Pompeii He investigates the mysterious failure of the water supply and along the way discovers that his predecessor was corrupt He falls in love and is stalked by bad guys who want to shut him off permanently Meanwhile Vesuvius prepares to make it all mootBut the characters are caricatures The hero is REALLY REALLY NOBLE the villain is AWFULLY AWFULLY EVIL and the love interest is darned good looking Life in the Empire is similarly exaggerated with lingering attention to the grotesue and decadent but almost nothing about how most people livedI was relieved when Vesuvius erupted

  7. Joy D Joy D says:

    Historical fiction about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius covering a period of four days in 79 AD Attilius is an Auarius an engineer in charge of ensuring the water supply of the Bay of Naples region Attilius has been sent by Rome to replace the previous Auarius who has disappeared The plot revolves around the Aua Augusta which has been damaged by natural phenomena The pace is somewhat slow in the beginning but picks up pace as it proceeds The author introduces a number of characters including Pliny the Elder though they take secondary importance to the natural disaster The narrative provides plenty of period details showing the way of life of the residents and how much they stand to lose Subplots relate to power corruption ambition greed romance jealousy and overindulgences Harris has created a compelling narrative despite an ending that is already known He maintains dramatic tension by showing the gradual build up of pressure prior to the cataclysmic event that the reader knows is coming but the characters do not Both the storyline and epigraphs of each chapter are filled with history and science volcanology hydrology geology Recommended to those interested in a nature driven survival story that educates while it entertains

  8. Terri Terri says:

    Geology meets Volcanology meets All Round Mr Nice GuyHaving read Imperium by Robert Harris few short months ago I found that I uite enjoyed his uncomplicated writing style I in no way mean unsophisticated or simplistic for he is an author who can comfortably shoulder the mantle of an old fashioned storyteller Many authors try to be story tellers but they over write or have not the skill and under write or get caught up in too many tangents thinking that everything they do has to be with the single intent of delivering the next great International Epic Bestseller Pompeii certainly became an International Bestseller but it was not really an epic It was a story of a man an Auarius and was melded with a intriguing blend of geology volcanology and precise Roman history Very well done in my opinion but no epicI do not know if the geological and volcanological elements would put others off whether others may prefer a story about people only but I happened to find them extraordinarily fascinating I have a feeling the book was not what some may expect Where you may have expected a Wilbur Smith type epic multiple characters and their lives in the lead up to the Mt Vesuvius explosion that is not what you gotRobert Harris gave you instead Attilius the all round Mr Nice Guy an Auarius who came to the Bay of Naples as a result of the mysterious disappearance of the former Auarius Exomnius and took over the running of the Aueducts And for the most part this is Attilius' story as he finds the water supply in disarray and bit by bit clue by clue he starts to unravel the causes Will it be in time though Obviously since everyone knows what happened to Pompeii and Herculaneum everyone will realise he cannot be in time to do anything about those disasters but can he be in time to avert others I found the final third of the book to be the most compelling The eruption and the various stages of the eruption and how it might be experienced from different places in the surrounding area In the towns at the base of the volcano on the water in the Bay I was mesmerised by it allThere was a moment where I thought the book perhaps could have finished and yet it went on And there was a scene or two that seemed inserted to make the book longer as those scenes kind of tripped up the urgent momentum of the book during the eruption But I had to give the book 5 stars It deserved it in my opinion For despite its flaws it had me at avenb ave is a Roman hello

  9. Leila Leila says:

    A most interesting take on the well known tale Robert Harris is a favourite author

  10. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    The waters have stopped flowing from the auedect who you gonna call Dambusters The water engineer heads out amid widespread corruption in Pompeii thwarts a murder plot finds out what happened to his predecessor falls in love and investigates the ominous rumbling from the nearby Vesuvius Sounds good no Harris is good at building up the air of menace in the days preceding the eruption Every action can be looked at as minor compared to the devastation coming and he really does a great job of creating an atmosphere of anticipation in the reader He's also done a great job at recreating the feel of living in Roman times as well as supplying a lot of information on Roman aueducts giving you a sense of awe and genius for the Roman Empire Where he falls down though is in the characterisation Attilius the engineer is the hero He's a stoic good looking gent who sends his pay home to his mother and sister in Rome He doesn't take bribes he's hardworking and is disliked for his strict attention to detail all for the good of Rome naturally He's so perfect in fact that he's boring But he's not alone A eually dreary love interest is introduced who meets the engineer no than 3 times briefly but over the course of those 3 encounters the reader is supposed to buy that they have fallen madly in love and would die for each other The whole reason for the engineer to rush back to Pompeii after escaping it is because of this love interest and as such everything feels very contrived It's this lack of convincing that stops the reader in their tracks because there's no real reason once the eruptions start to care what the engineer's motivations are He's a paper thin cardboard cut out and so is his love interest So what The third act also falls down Harris does a great job of setting the scene but once Vesuvius erupts he somehow manages to make it boring For a thriller to fail in the third act is not a good sign and I could uite easily put the book down and do anything else It's not a bad novel by any means it just seems trite at times which spoils the overall effect Harris has obviously done his research it's just a shame the same effort didn't go into making an interesting enough scenario to take place during this immense natural disaster or characters worth caring about

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10 thoughts on “Pompeii

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Attilius's occupation is an auarius in the Roman Empire a job description that nowadays would be director of waterworks operations and maintenance for the southern district of Italy As the earth beings to swell and shake in ominous warning in advance of the tragedy that is to come the main aueduct cracks and fails and Attilius is sent out to repair it So this is a historical novel and we learn of life in the Roman Empire around AD 79 at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius Here are masters and slaves filthy rich and beggars We get a little romance as Attilius meets the lovely daughter of a viscous cunning landlord who used to be a slave himself We learn a lot about Roman culture meals daily life transportation technology ships soldiers relations between men and women political and financial corruption and the uniue role of the baths in Roman culture It's an old fashioned boy gets girl despite obstacles romance story during a fast paced hectic three day period between when the aueduct fails and the volcano blows We learn about the aueduct system tunnels reservoirs and siltation tanks We learn of famous real life Romans such as the general and prolific scholar Pliny the Elder and his nephew Pliny the Younger

  2. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Pompeii demolished in the world's most famous volcanic eruption in AD 79 killing thousands at the apex of the Roman Empire ironically the people never knew Mount Vesuvius was this a volcano; understandable since the previous significant one occurred 1800 years before no town existed and the name unknown to them because the word hadn't been invented yet but soon would lets say by borrowing from the Roman god of fire Vulcan Our story unfolds when a young despondent man of 27 a recent widower Marcus Attilius Primus arrives in the prosperous resort city the kind that if you have money they like you he has an important job here as an auarius the chief engineer of Aua Augusta a huge aueduct which supplies 250000 inhabitants with life giving water around the Bay of Naples His predecessor Exomnius vanished where is he Wasn't he from the island of Sicily in the Mount Etna area This confounded mystery puzzles everyone however life continues and Rome uickly sends a replacement because prominent officials have villas there many powerful Senators a bright honest individual causes Marcus numerous problems the era is shall we hint a little corrupt Pompeii is ruled by a wealthy businessman Numerius Popidius Ampliatus a former slave a man of immense courage he has to show the people his preeminence After an earthuake of almost two decades ago flattens the city Ampliatus flourishes maybe unethically done nonetheless the houses were rebuiltbribes the local magistrates into doing his bidding all for the good of Pompeii's future he implies This is not a dull novel so complications occur a water break in the aueduct must be found swiftly and repaired the engineer falls in love surprise surprise with Corelia the daughter of the cruel Ampliatus who hates him you can't trust a man who will not accept a kickbackAnd we haven't yet mentioned the great Pliny the Elder writer soldier philosopher naturalist adviser to Roman Emperors Vespasian and successor Titus his tough son the new Caesar of a few months the latter a former comrade in the Germanic campaign and now the obese old man in poor health is admiral of the fleet a honor bestowed primarily for his loyalty to the ruling family in actuality has very little nautical experience luckily the Roman naval port is Misenum close to the disaster Moreover Pliny a very curious man indeed prides himself in knowing all his countless books testifies to this fact Besides his talented nephew of 18 Pliny the Younger can help him observe the catastrophe anyway a closer look would be betterHowever the book comes alive when the dead fall under the avalanche that buries Pompeii under rocks and ash toxic clouds of gas arise over 20 miles in height noon becomes midnight darkness engulfs the stunned citizens walking blindly in the deluge nearby Herculaneum too the grim sounds travel to Rome 150 miles away as the excruciating heat flows down from the mountain frying the victims just six miles distant Pompeii a celebrated town of 20000 disappears and is forgotten for seventeen centuriesA marvelous exciting book the only fault is it's 200 pages too short I wanted to learn about the doomed city and the peoplea lost civilization well worth knowing

  3. Lance Greenfield Lance Greenfield says:

    This is the story of a latter day Super Mario an Italian plumber who overcomes very difficult challenges to fix the water supply to Napoli and surrounding areas before the local volcano erupts to ruin everything for everybody OK I admit that I am grossly trivialising a tremendous story which is really about Marcus Attilius Primus the auarius or chief water engineer who is sent to the Bay of Naples to manage the water supply to all of the towns in the area The main artery of the supply is the aueduct Aua Augusta which Attilius's grandfather may have had a hand in building under the supervision of the great Agrippa Water engineering has been the career path of Atillius's family back through at least four generationsFrom the off Attilius is up against it His predecessor disappeared mysteriously and neither his team of engineers and slaves nor those masters who govern Naples and the surrounding area are inclined to trust the new auarius The first chapter opens with the horrendous execution of a slave who has been held responsible for the deaths of one of the local lord's prize fish The lord's daughter accompanied by the unfortunate slave's mother urgently seek the help of Attilius who uickly discovers that it is something in the water which has killer the precious fish But they are too late to save the wretched slaveEvents unfold and develop during the two days leading up to the famous eruption which buried PompeiiThis is a rivetting read if ever there was one As you would expect there are many dangers to overcome and as you read you will be wondering who will survive and who will not This does not become clear until the final pages I have to confess that I was wishing for the demise of certain characters whilst hoping for the survival of others That is a sign of how well Robert Harris engages the reader with the actors in this storyDefinitely merits five stars

  4. Adina Adina says:

    I started to read this novel after I visited Pompeii I was impressed by the ruins of the city and its tragic history and I am a bit of a Volcanos enthusiast so I thought reading this will both help me find out about life in that period and about the eruption Reading a fast paced novel as I travelled was a plus It did delivered on all aspects but it was nothing extraordinary What made me give the novel less than 4 stars was the inappropriate language and behaviour compared to the period The author kept using words that had no meaning at that time too modern I wasn't expecting a book in latin but some phrases just did not sound right in this kind of novel Also some adventures of the main character were to far fetched He survived the eruption although he was almost at the top of the mountain And he beat death on many other occasions The love storymy eyes rolled uite a few times So a nice beach reading with some interesting history thrown in it

  5. Sara Sara says:

    I have been a bit fascinated with the idea of Pompeii since I was a girl and the National Geographic ran photos of the people frozen in mid flight trying to escape the horrors of the eruption of Vesuvius Robert Harris has visited Pompeii through the story of Attilius the engineer in charge of the aueduct that served the area Before the eruption before the horror there is a problem with the flow of the water Attilius seeks to repair the breach in the aueduct and this leads him to be in Pompeii at exactly the wrong timeI did enjoy reading the story There was the tension of knowing what was to come and the wish to see Attilius survive the inevitable I can imagine that much of what people felt and the reactions that came too late were exactly as Harris depicted However I could never become truly invested in his characters and I therefore felt very little for their plight It seemed a bit trite like a 1970s disaster movie think Poseidon Adventure although I do not know what I could have expected him to do with this foregone scenario Not a bad tale just not a great one I would still like to go and see the ruins of Pompeii for myself It is easy to form a tightness in the chest when one thinks about how horrible this must have been for the actual people who lived there How hopeless it was in those moments before the cloud of fiery gas spewed down the side of the mountain and froze them in time forever

  6. Neil Pierson Neil Pierson says:

    It should be a Two For One A suspense novel to take to the beach; and some insight into life in the Roman Empire and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius And maybe a small tutorial in primitive plumbing Unfortunately it turns into an 0 For OneThe plot is serviceable Marcus Attilius Primus is an engineer newly in charge of the section of aueduct that services Pompeii He investigates the mysterious failure of the water supply and along the way discovers that his predecessor was corrupt He falls in love and is stalked by bad guys who want to shut him off permanently Meanwhile Vesuvius prepares to make it all mootBut the characters are caricatures The hero is REALLY REALLY NOBLE the villain is AWFULLY AWFULLY EVIL and the love interest is darned good looking Life in the Empire is similarly exaggerated with lingering attention to the grotesue and decadent but almost nothing about how most people livedI was relieved when Vesuvius erupted

  7. Joy D Joy D says:

    Historical fiction about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius covering a period of four days in 79 AD Attilius is an Auarius an engineer in charge of ensuring the water supply of the Bay of Naples region Attilius has been sent by Rome to replace the previous Auarius who has disappeared The plot revolves around the Aua Augusta which has been damaged by natural phenomena The pace is somewhat slow in the beginning but picks up pace as it proceeds The author introduces a number of characters including Pliny the Elder though they take secondary importance to the natural disaster The narrative provides plenty of period details showing the way of life of the residents and how much they stand to lose Subplots relate to power corruption ambition greed romance jealousy and overindulgences Harris has created a compelling narrative despite an ending that is already known He maintains dramatic tension by showing the gradual build up of pressure prior to the cataclysmic event that the reader knows is coming but the characters do not Both the storyline and epigraphs of each chapter are filled with history and science volcanology hydrology geology Recommended to those interested in a nature driven survival story that educates while it entertains

  8. Terri Terri says:

    Geology meets Volcanology meets All Round Mr Nice GuyHaving read Imperium by Robert Harris few short months ago I found that I uite enjoyed his uncomplicated writing style I in no way mean unsophisticated or simplistic for he is an author who can comfortably shoulder the mantle of an old fashioned storyteller Many authors try to be story tellers but they over write or have not the skill and under write or get caught up in too many tangents thinking that everything they do has to be with the single intent of delivering the next great International Epic Bestseller Pompeii certainly became an International Bestseller but it was not really an epic It was a story of a man an Auarius and was melded with a intriguing blend of geology volcanology and precise Roman history Very well done in my opinion but no epicI do not know if the geological and volcanological elements would put others off whether others may prefer a story about people only but I happened to find them extraordinarily fascinating I have a feeling the book was not what some may expect Where you may have expected a Wilbur Smith type epic multiple characters and their lives in the lead up to the Mt Vesuvius explosion that is not what you gotRobert Harris gave you instead Attilius the all round Mr Nice Guy an Auarius who came to the Bay of Naples as a result of the mysterious disappearance of the former Auarius Exomnius and took over the running of the Aueducts And for the most part this is Attilius' story as he finds the water supply in disarray and bit by bit clue by clue he starts to unravel the causes Will it be in time though Obviously since everyone knows what happened to Pompeii and Herculaneum everyone will realise he cannot be in time to do anything about those disasters but can he be in time to avert others I found the final third of the book to be the most compelling The eruption and the various stages of the eruption and how it might be experienced from different places in the surrounding area In the towns at the base of the volcano on the water in the Bay I was mesmerised by it allThere was a moment where I thought the book perhaps could have finished and yet it went on And there was a scene or two that seemed inserted to make the book longer as those scenes kind of tripped up the urgent momentum of the book during the eruption But I had to give the book 5 stars It deserved it in my opinion For despite its flaws it had me at avenb ave is a Roman hello

  9. Leila Leila says:

    A most interesting take on the well known tale Robert Harris is a favourite author

  10. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    The waters have stopped flowing from the auedect who you gonna call Dambusters The water engineer heads out amid widespread corruption in Pompeii thwarts a murder plot finds out what happened to his predecessor falls in love and investigates the ominous rumbling from the nearby Vesuvius Sounds good no Harris is good at building up the air of menace in the days preceding the eruption Every action can be looked at as minor compared to the devastation coming and he really does a great job of creating an atmosphere of anticipation in the reader He's also done a great job at recreating the feel of living in Roman times as well as supplying a lot of information on Roman aueducts giving you a sense of awe and genius for the Roman Empire Where he falls down though is in the characterisation Attilius the engineer is the hero He's a stoic good looking gent who sends his pay home to his mother and sister in Rome He doesn't take bribes he's hardworking and is disliked for his strict attention to detail all for the good of Rome naturally He's so perfect in fact that he's boring But he's not alone A eually dreary love interest is introduced who meets the engineer no than 3 times briefly but over the course of those 3 encounters the reader is supposed to buy that they have fallen madly in love and would die for each other The whole reason for the engineer to rush back to Pompeii after escaping it is because of this love interest and as such everything feels very contrived It's this lack of convincing that stops the reader in their tracks because there's no real reason once the eruptions start to care what the engineer's motivations are He's a paper thin cardboard cut out and so is his love interest So what The third act also falls down Harris does a great job of setting the scene but once Vesuvius erupts he somehow manages to make it boring For a thriller to fail in the third act is not a good sign and I could uite easily put the book down and do anything else It's not a bad novel by any means it just seems trite at times which spoils the overall effect Harris has obviously done his research it's just a shame the same effort didn't go into making an interesting enough scenario to take place during this immense natural disaster or characters worth caring about

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