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Pompeii With his trademark elegance and intelligence Robert Harris recreates a world on the brink of disasterAll 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 PompeiiBut 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 Aua Augusta the enormous aueduct that brings fresh water to a uarter 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 VesuviusAttilius—decent practical and incorruptible—promises Pliny the famous scholar who commands the navy that he can repair the aueduct 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—both natural and man made—threatening to destroy him

10 thoughts on “Pompeii

  1. says:

    Attilius's occupation is an auarius in the Roman Empire a job description that nowadays would be director of waterworks operations and maintenance for the southern district of Italy As the earth beings to swell and shake in ominous warning in advance of the tragedy that is to come the main aueduct cracks and fails and Attilius is sent out to repair it So

  2. says:

    Pompeii demolished in the world's most famous volcanic eruption in AD 79 killing thousands at the apex of the Roman Empire ironically the people never knew Mount Vesuvius was this a volcano; understandable since the previous significant one occurred 1800 years before no town existed and the name unknown to them because the word hadn't been invented yet but

  3. says:

    This is the story of a latter day Super Mario an Italian plumber who overcomes very difficult challenges to fix the water supply to Napoli and surrounding areas before the local volcano erupts to ruin everything for everybody OK I admit that I am grossly trivialising a tremendous story which is really about Marcus Attilius Primus the auarius or chief water

  4. says:

    I started to read this novel after I visited Pompeii I was impressed by the ruins of the city and its tragic history and I am a bit of a Volcanos enthusiast so I thought reading this will both help me find out about life in that period and about the eruption Reading a fast paced novel as I travelled was a plus It did delivered on all aspects but it was noth

  5. says:

    I have been a bit fascinated with the idea of Pompeii since I was a girl and the National Geographic ran photos of the people frozen in mid flight trying to escape the horrors of the eruption of Vesuvius Robert Harris has visited Pompeii through the story of Attilius the engineer in charge of the aueduct that served the area Before the eruption before the hor

  6. says:

    It should be a Two For One A suspense novel to take to the beach; and some insight into life in the Roman Empire and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius And maybe a small tutorial in primitive plumbing Unfortunately it turns into an 0 For OneThe plot is serviceable Marcus Attilius Primus is an engineer newly in charge of the section of aueduct that services Pompeii He

  7. says:

    Geology meets Volcanology meets All Round Mr Nice GuyHaving read Imperium by Robert Harris few short months ago I found that I uite enjoyed his uncomplicated writing style I in no way mean unsophisticated or simplistic for he is an author who can comfortably shoulder the mantle of an old fashioned storyteller Many authors try to be story tellers but they over w

  8. says:

    Historical fiction about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius covering a period of four days in 79 AD Attilius is an Auarius an engineer in charge of ensuring the water supply of the Bay of Naples region Attilius has been sent by Rome to replace the previous Auarius who has disappeared The plot revolves around the Aua Augusta which has been damaged by natural phenomen

  9. says:

    The waters have stopped flowing from the auedect who you gonna call? Dambusters The water engineer heads out amid widespread corruption in Pompeii thwarts a murder plot finds out what happened to his predecessor falls in love and investigates the ominous rumbling from the nearby Vesuvius Sounds good no? Harris is good at building up the air of menace in the days

  10. says:

    After a day in Pompeii my mother claims I walked through every single house not true some are inaccessible I heard people on the platform of the Circumvesuviana local train talking about this book I was being fussy about everything else I was reading so I grabbed this on the Kindle store and kicked back with it once we eventually got back to Rome anyway; I read Th

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