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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. 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 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 — decent, practical, and incorruptible — 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 — both natural and man-made — threatening to destroy him.

With his trademark elegance and intelligence, Robert Harris, bestselling author of Archangel and Fatherland, re-creates a world on the brink of disaster.

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"Harris's volcanology is well researched, and the plot, while decidedly secondary to the expertly rendered historic spectacle, keeps this impressive novel moving along toward its exciting finale." Publishers Weekly

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"Readers who like their historical fiction well grounded in fact won't be able to put this down." Library Journal

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"Although the plot seems to owe more to Chinatown than to Pliny, Harris garnishes the action with seductive period detail, and the novel comes alive in the main event, a cataclysmic explosion with a thermal energy equal to a hundred thousand Hiroshimas." New Yorker

About the Author

Robert Harris is the author of Enigma, Fatherland, and Archangel. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times. His novels have sold more than six million copies and been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife and three children.

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Laurel Barton, May 24, 2011 (view all comments by Laurel Barton)
This is a compelling and interesting read. I was saving it to read before a trip to Pompeii, planned for later this year, but it called to me as my first book of summer. We all know the end of the story, but Harris involves the reader in the daily lives of the characters: their wishes and dreams and plans, untarnished by the inescapable and unknown (to them) outcome. The science is tempered with history and characters propelling the story forward quickly. A must read for anyone who will -- or has -- visited the archeological site.
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ISBN:
9780345475671
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Harris, Robert
Publisher:
Fawcett
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20041026
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.93x4.26x.99 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Fawcett Books - English 9780345475671 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Harris's volcanology is well researched, and the plot, while decidedly secondary to the expertly rendered historic spectacle, keeps this impressive novel moving along toward its exciting finale." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Readers who like their historical fiction well grounded in fact won't be able to put this down."
"Review" by , "Although the plot seems to owe more to Chinatown than to Pliny, Harris garnishes the action with seductive period detail, and the novel comes alive in the main event, a cataclysmic explosion with a thermal energy equal to a hundred thousand Hiroshimas."
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