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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 predecesso...

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ProEasy read, entertaining, well written

ContraNone really

‘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...

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ProThe main character, lots of interesting detail, po...

ContraYou know what is going to happen, some of sub-plot...

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...

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ProA very good story

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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...

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“A book of two halves”

published 07/03/2006

ProIt takes you there - eventually

ContraDo 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...

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Proeasy to read, learn history without pain

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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...

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“Last Days...”

published 31/10/2004

ProA storyline that we are somewhat familiar with giv...

ContraIf you dont like history or engineering....

Most of have images of the fate of Pompeii. Many will have seen pictures from the recent documentary of the twisted forms left by the advancing lava in the town. You may have seen the drama ‘Last Days of Pompeii’. Robert Harris’ novel captures the final four days of Pompeii’s existence before...

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“Pompeii”

published 09/06/2006

ProFast paced and dramatic

ContraWe all know what happened at Pompeii...

I was leant this book by my parents who had both read it already, but don't let that put you off! This book has a wide appeal, as every member of my family has now read and enjoyed it! The plot centres around a young engineer, Marcus Attilius, as he fights against the odds to maintain the water...

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Excellent

ProFantastic fictional story interspersed with facts

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Having visited Pompeii and climbed Mount Vesuvius on my honeymoon, I quickly became obsessed with anything about the area around Naples, especially Pompeii. I was therefore drawn to this book. It's a fictional account of the three days before Vesuvius erupted in AD79 and also during the eruption...

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