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Pompeii author Robert Harris review ó 103 î ➼ [Download] ➹ Pompeii By Robert Harris ➹ – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk 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 luxurio WitWith 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 im. 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 engineer who is sent to the Bay of Naples to manage the water supply to all of the towns in the area The main artery of the supply is the aueduct Aua Augusta which Attilius's grandfather may have had a hand in building under the supervision of the great Agrippa Water engineering has been the career path of Atillius's family back through at least four generationsFrom the off Attilius is up against it His predecessor disappeared mysteriously and neither his team of engineers and slaves nor those masters who govern Naples and the surrounding area are inclined to trust the new auarius The first chapter opens with the horrendous execution of a slave who has been held responsible for the deaths of one of the local lord's prize fish The lord's daughter accompanied by the unfortunate slave's mother urgently seek the help of Attilius who uickly discovers that it is something in the water which has killer the precious fish But they are too late to save the wretched slaveEvents unfold and develop during the two days leading up to the famous eruption which buried PompeiiThis is a rivetting read if ever there was one As you would expect there are many dangers to overcome and as you read you will be wondering who will survive and who will not This does not become clear until the final pages I have to confess that I was wishing for the demise of certain characters whilst hoping for the survival of others That is a sign of how well Robert Harris engages the reader with the actors in this storyDefinitely merits five stars

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IusAttilius 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 h. 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 preceding the eruption Every action can be looked at as minor compared to the devastation coming and he really does a great job of creating an atmosphere of anticipation in the reader He's also done a great job at recreating the feel of living in Roman times as well as supplying a lot of information on Roman aueducts giving you a sense of awe and genius for the Roman Empire Where he falls down though is in the characterisation Attilius the engineer is the hero He's a stoic good looking gent who sends his pay home to his mother and sister in Rome He doesn't take bribes he's hardworking and is disliked for his strict attention to detail all for the good of Rome naturally He's so perfect in fact that he's boring But he's not alone A eually dreary love interest is introduced who meets the engineer no than 3 times briefly but over the course of those 3 encounters the reader is supposed to buy that they have fallen madly in love and would die for each other The whole reason for the engineer to rush back to Pompeii after escaping it is because of this love interest and as such everything feels very contrived It's this lack of convincing that stops the reader in their tracks because there's no real reason once the eruptions start to care what the engineer's motivations are He's a paper thin cardboard cut out and so is his love interest So what The third act also falls down Harris does a great job of setting the scene but once Vesuvius erupts he somehow manages to make it boring For a thriller to fail in the third act is not a good sign and I could uite easily put the book down and do anything else It's not a bad novel by any means it just seems trite at times which spoils the overall effect Harris has obviously done his research it's just a shame the same effort didn't go into making an interesting enough scenario to take place during this immense natural disaster or characters worth caring about

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Pompeii author Robert HarrPending 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 Vesuv. 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 horror there is a problem with the flow of the water Attilius seeks to repair the breach in the aueduct and this leads him to be in Pompeii at exactly the wrong timeI did enjoy reading the story There was the tension of knowing what was to come and the wish to see Attilius survive the inevitable I can imagine that much of what people felt and the reactions that came too late were exactly as Harris depicted However I could never become truly invested in his characters and I therefore felt very little for their plight It seemed a bit trite like a 1970s disaster movie think Poseidon Adventure although I do not know what I could have expected him to do with this foregone scenario Not a bad tale just not a great one I would still like to go and see the ruins of Pompeii for myself It is easy to form a tightness in the chest when one thinks about how horrible this must have been for the actual people who lived there How hopeless it was in those moments before the cloud of fiery gas spewed down the side of the mountain and froze them in time forever