Pompeii - Robert Harris

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‘Pompeii’ is not what you would consider to be your normal historical thriller. There is no great unsolved historical mystery at work here, but rather, an event that everyone knows the outcome of: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 that buried alive the residents of the town of Pompeii, ... Read review
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Robert Harris 3 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £23.97 (The Ghost, Selling Hitler, Pompeii) - Robert Harris

Robert Harris 3 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £23.97 (The Ghost, Selling Hitler, Pompeii) - Robert Harris

Title In This Collection:-The GhostSelling HitlerPompeiiThe Ghost''The moment I heard how ... more

McAra died I should have walked away. I can see
that now...'' The narrator of Robert Harris''
gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter -
cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in
deadpan humour. Accustomed to working with fading
rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the
chance to ghost the memoirs of Britain''s former
prime minister, especially as it means flying to
the American resort of Martha''s Vineyard in the
middle of winter and finishing the book in
tSelling HitlerSpring 1983: it seemed that one of
the most startling discoveries of the century had
been made, and that one of the world''s most
sought after documents had finally come to light -
the private diaries of Adolf Hitler.What followed
was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of
experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of
money for world-wide publishing rights. But that
was just the beginning of the story. . .
PompeiiMarcus Attilius, placed in charge of the
massive aqueduct 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 aqueduct near Pompeii, the
city in the shadow of the restless Mount Vesuvius.
And as Marcus faces several problems--all life
threatening--an even

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A mystery from the ashes of Vesuvius Review with images

AdvantagesEasy read, entertaining, well written

DisadvantagesNone really

"...supply Roman towns such as Pompeii with their vital water supply. If these two bits weren’t departures from the conventions of an historical thriller, than surely the mystery at play is. The protagonist, Marius Atillius Primus (Attilius for short), is trying to figure out what is causing the Aqua Augusta, the aqueduct that supplies Pompeii and other towns around the Bay of Naples. That, and trying to determine what happened to his predecessor, ..." Read review

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Even The Roman's Can't Tame A Volcano

AdvantagesA very good story

DisadvantagesPoor characters

"It was the end of the summer in AD79. A large number of the richest members of the Roman Empire were enjoying a break in their Villa's around the Bay Of Naples. For everyone it's a time to relax and enjoy themselves, although one man has found something that worries him ever so slightly. The new engineer on the Aqua Augusta aqueduct, Marius Attilius has noticed a serious problem that needs his urgent attention. The problem isn't just with the aqueduct ..." Read review

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Community Level 5lobourse


Pompeii - nearly a fabulous book, but not quite

AdvantagesThe main character, lots of interesting detail, portrayal of Roman engineering

DisadvantagesYou know what is going to happen, some of sub-plots a bit half-hearted

"Pompeii is the fourth novel by Robert Harris, author of Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel. It is set in the last week of August, AD 79, covering four days starting two days before the eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius up until the last day of the eruption. ==== WHAT IS IT ABOUT? ===== Marius Attilius Primus is an aquarius, an engineer whose live revolves around the great aqueduct projects, which have been the great triumph of Roman civilisation. ..." Read review

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Community Level 2SuperSpy


A book of two halves

AdvantagesIt takes you there - eventually

DisadvantagesDo you want to be buried alive?

"Pompeii by Robert Harris was my most favourite and most unexpected present I received last Christmas. Since both my son and I had read and enjoyed Fatherland and Enigma by the same author, and my son had also read Archangel and raved about it, it was a very thoughtful gift from him. Especially as we had, as a family spent a fascinating (and tiring) day visiting the remains of the real thing while on holiday in Sorrento, a few years previously. Of ..." Read review

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Community Level 3shirley49


an explosive read about an eruption

Advantageseasy to read, learn history without pain


"Purchase paperback from Amazon for £5.59 I was moaning about having no new books to read and my friend lent me this. I liked it enough to read it in a couple of days. Synopsis: The Roman Empire's richest citizens are enjoying the heat wave whilst relaxing in their villas in the bay of Naples. The book centres around the remarkable achievement of the roman water system called Aqua Augusta which delivers water to about a quarter million people. It ..." Read review

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Engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the aqueduct which brings water to a quarter of a million people. His predecessor has disappeared. When a crisis strikes the Augusta's main line, Attilus discovers that there are forces which even the Roman Empire can't control. See all Product Description

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Type Fiction
Genre Historical Fiction
Title Pompeii
Author Robert Harris
ISBN 0091779251; 0091794935; 0091801206; 0099282615


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