A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? But even as Rome’s richest citizens relax in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, there are ominous warnings that something is going wrong. Wells and springs are failing, a man has disappeared, and now the greatest aqueduct in the world – the mighty Aqua Augusta – has suddenly ceased to flow. Through the eyes of four characters – a young engineer, an adolescent girl, a corrupt millionaire and an elderly scientist – Robert Harris brilliantly recreates a luxurious world on the brink of destruction.
Blazingly exciting... Harris, as Vesuvius explodes, gives full vent to his genius for thrilling narrative... pulse-rate-speeding masterpieces of suffocating suspense and searing action * Sunday Times * Robert Harris's Pompeii is his best yet: as explosive as Etna, as addictive as a thriller, as satisfying as great history - Simon Sebag Montefiore 'Books of the Year' * Daily Telegraph * Breakneck pace, constant jeopardy and subtle twists of plot... a blazing blockbuster * Daily Mail * Harris has done a tremendous job in evoking life in ancient Italy... I am lost in admiration at his energy and skill * Mail on Sunday * The long drawn-out death agony of the two cities is brilliantly done. Explosive stuff indeed * Daily Telegraph *
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