Narrated by Alex Jennings
A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples?
All along the coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas.
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.
Only one man is worried. The engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct which brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay.
Springs are failing for the first time in generations.
His predecessor has disappeared. 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, incorruptible - promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry.
But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces which even the world's only superpower can't control.
Pompeii recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, it offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 04/09/2003
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9781856868105
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Review by justine28
“Pompeii” is a historical thriller set in the Bay of Naples in 79 AD, with action taking place couple of days before the infamous Vesuvius eruption that destroyed the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii. I found the book to be well written, full of interesting facts about life in Pompeii and Roman Empire almost 2 thousand years ago and a compelling account of what the eruption of Vesuvius must have been like to witness it. It certainly kept me interested. A very improbable happy-ending for the two main characters was a bit too much for me, though, therefore only 4 stars.