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Author: Robert Harris
All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. 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. — But the carefree lifestyle and go...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345475671
ISBN-10: 0345475674
Publication Date: 10/26/2004
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 177 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
Fascinating historical novel. You will learn much about Roman life, engineering, and poloitics set against the eventual eruption of the Mount Vesuvius.
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Helpful Score: 6
I enjoyed this book alot. It seemed to have been based on alot of factual knowledge about the times and the technology of the aqueducts. The story was engaging and kept me turning the pages! I happened to have visited the ruins at Pompeii about 8 years ago, and reading this book i could visualize the town I walked, but alive with people and commerce. I recommend this to people who enjoy historical fiction.
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Helpful Score: 5
Pompeii is a fictional story by Robert Harris revolving around the 4 days prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Attilius an aqueduct engineer from Rome was sent to replace a missing engineer Exomnius for the Aqua Augusta.
Attilius arrives and is immediately faced with a plethora of natural and manmade problems revolving around the water supply. The story evolves as Attilius tries to unravel the problems with the water and the missing Exomnius. Robert Harris has written this historic fiction well grounded in the technical information from this historic period.
So this is how I like to my facts well mixed up with murder, mayhem with an explosive ending.
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Helpful Score: 4
What a great story! I thought to myself it's Pompeii, I know how it turns out, but it actually had a very interesting ending. Captures the time and place so well.
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Helpful Score: 2
Terrifically written, and keeps you turning the pages even though it's like a detective story where you know the ending. As a geologist, I really appreciated the clues interpreted and followed by the engineer to figure out what was happening. It's one of those historical novels that makes you want to know more about the characters - which ones were fictional and which were real, and how much was real about the non-fictional ones. Also makes me want to revisit what else I ever knew about Pompeii and the volcano and the archeology. Fascinating.
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What a great read! Meticulous research leads Harris to a detailed and comprehensible recreation of the Roman civilization, not to mention an exciting and satisfying story. My highest recommendation.
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I really loved this book. So much information on the the city of Pompeii and how the water system worked and was all connected. It was amazing, one of the books I will re-read. A fabulous read.
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This is a well-written historical thriller that takes place in Pompeii. It is about a young engineer who is given the responsibility of repairing the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to the Bay of Naples. He attempts to organize an expedition in Pompeii where he believes the fault lies. But he finds himself surrounded by corrupt soldiers in a violent town. Marcus Attilius finds there are powerful forces at work---natural and otherwise threatening to stop him and destory his work.
Great characters and plot.