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Pompeii

by Robert Harris

Random House UK | November 2, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Pompeii is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Ancient Rome is the setting for the superb new novel from Robert Harris, author of the number one bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel.

Where else to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples. All along the coast, the Roman Empire’s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas. The world’s largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Only one man is worried. The engineer Marius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. His predecessor has disappeared. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta’s sixty-mile main line -- somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Marius -- decent, practical, incorruptible -- promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces that even the world’s only superpower can’t control.

Pompeii recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, it offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.05 in

Published: November 2, 2009

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0099527944

ISBN - 13: 9780099527947

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable and freightning since this book is historical fiction we all know how it ends. but that doesnt make it any less exciting. the characters (both ficticious and real) are vividly brought to life in the wake of a catastrophy that noone knows anything about. the storys central character is the local aquarius and spends most of the story trying to keep water flowing to the thirsty inhabitants of pompeii and the surrounfing cities while braving other early warning signs of an eruption. his is joined by the very real ancient scientist, Pliny, whos own misunderstanding of the warning signs leads to near disaster for our hero. it is impossible to put down, even when the fear and apprehension for the characters in the wake of an erupting volcano causes you to bite your nails to the quick. strong characters and indepth research make for an unforgettable trip into the past.
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Find This is one of the few historical fiction books in which I was breathless when I ended the final page. There's always a new twist or problem in each chapter, and the obviously great amount of research into that period in time is a nice touch. The writing and wording itself is superb. One of the best books I've read in years.
Date published: 2005-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Calm down! This book was okay. We know how it ends because it is historical fiction; Pompeii is buried and everyone dies. The whole book is leading up to the eruption, but when it finally comes, it is very anti-climactic. The characters are not particularly engaging. Considering how HUGELY praised this book was, I was rather disappointed.
Date published: 2005-11-11

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Pompeii

Pompeii

by Robert Harris

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.05 in

Published: November 2, 2009

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0099527944

ISBN - 13: 9780099527947

From the Publisher

Ancient Rome is the setting for the superb new novel from Robert Harris, author of the number one bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel.

Where else to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples. All along the coast, the Roman Empire’s richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas. The world’s largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Only one man is worried. The engineer Marius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. His predecessor has disappeared. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta’s sixty-mile main line -- somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Marius -- decent, practical, incorruptible -- promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces that even the world’s only superpower can’t control.

Pompeii recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, it offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Robert Harris was born in Nottingham in 1957 and grew up in the city and Leicestershire. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Already a highly regarded non-fiction writer, in 1993 Robert Harris's debut novel Fatherland made a huge impact — a massive bestseller accompanied with critical acclaim. All his novels have reached No.1 in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. In addition he has worked extensively as a journalist — as a reporter on the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama programmes, as political editor of the Observer and as a columnist on The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. In 2003 he was named Columnist of the Year in the annual British Press Awards. He lives in Berkshire with his wife, Gill Hornby, and four children. Graham Greene, John le Carré and George Orwell are amongst his favourite authors and influences.


From the Hardcover edition.