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Pompeii: A Novel

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All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius 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 of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. 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.

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 Books On Tape, Inc.

Kritikerstimmen

"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)
"John Lee's intelligent performance makes Pompeii more than a run-of-the-mill disaster story....Lee makes even the dank tunnels of an aqueduct fascinating." (AudioFile)

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    Georg-Marcus grosswinternheim, Deutschland 26.10.2014
    Georg-Marcus grosswinternheim, Deutschland 26.10.2014
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    "Geschichte zieht sich teilweise etwas ereignislos"

    das Buch ist gut vorgetragen, allerdings hat es doch einige "Dehnfalten" und die Spannung bleibt weitestgehend auf der Strecke. Meiner Meinung nach das schwächste Robert Harris Buch.....kein Vergleich zu Officer/Spy zum Beispiel....

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    Cornelia 27.01.2009
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    "not worth listening"

    Unfortunatly this is one of the worst audio books I ever listened to.
    The reading is very poor - it is read like a Shakespeare poem which does not fit to a novel.

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    cbaumeister München, Deutschland 18.01.2009
    cbaumeister München, Deutschland 18.01.2009
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    "Good mix between facts and fiction"

    Robert Harris has delivered a fast paced read which, while giving you an insight into the times and events, does not get too bogged down in the details, instead allowing the action and adventures of the characters to also describe the environment and times in which they are set.
    The whole time I was listening, I found myself imagining how this book would look as a motion picture.

    Originally doubting Harris' ability to maintain suspense considering most readers would know that the mountain explodes at the end I found to the contrary, that knowing how it all ended actually increased the suspense, because you knew that death & destruction were waiting just around the corner.

    All in all, Pompeii is a thoroughly enjoyable! If you love history, thrillers, human drama, this is a very good book. The research is impeccable, the action very strong and the characters interesting.

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