Attilius promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. His plan is to travel to Pompeii and put together an expedition, then head out to the place where he believes the fault lies. But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work threatening to destroy him.
With his trademark elegance and intelligence, Robert Harris, best-selling author of Archangel and Fatherland, re-creates a world on the brink of disaster.
©2003 Robert Harris; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.
"Harris' volcanology is well researched, and the plot...keeps this impressive novel moving along toward its exciting finale." (Publishers Weekly)
"With rich historical details and scientific minutiae, Harris vividly brings to life the ancient world on the brink of unspeakable disaster." (Booklist)
"Brilliantly done. Explosive stuff, indeed." (Daily Telegraph
This book draws you in not only because of the exqusite detail but because of the human drama. You'll find yourself easily able to see the hustle and bustle of a live Pompeii. You'll see the characters as real people and you'll want to know more. You can almost smell the sulphur in the air as the climax builds.
One word of warning - if you listen to this in your car you'll find yourself sitting in parking lots reluctant to leave Pompeii and return to the real world. If you only enjoy it half as much as I did, it will be time well spent.
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