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Pesticides in cloudwater: A study at three New England mountain sites [Unknown Binding]

Deborah Hope Gaynor
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  • Unknown Binding: 181 pages
  • Publisher: U.M.I (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006DKAP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)

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Robert Harris is the author Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost - all of which were worldwide bestsellers. His work has been translated into thirty-three languages. He was born in Nottingham in 1957 and is a graduate of Cambridge University. He worked as a reporter on the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama programmes, before becoming Political Editor of the Observer in 1987, and then a columnist on the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. In 2003 he was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards. He lives near Hungerford in Berkshire with his wife and their four children.

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An Aquarius (aqueduct engineer) mysteriously goes missing so a new one has to be appointed. The water stops flowing down the Aqua Augusta. The new Aquarius must find the source of the problem quickly because there's a drought and several towns along the bay of Naples are entirely dependent on the aqueduct for their water. He persuades the Admiral, Pliney (the elder), whose fleet is docked at Misenum, to provide him with a swift craft to take him to Pompeii where he can follow the aqueduct back from its source until he finds the damaged or blocked section. He should be able to spot it easily enough but speed is of the essence. Unfortunately, he has to contend with his hostile, resentful and unco-operative foreman who has reason to fear what the Aquarius might discover, other than the problem in the sluiceway. At the town of Pompeii he finds corruption is rife and when he refuses to be bought, he becomes the target of murderous intent. The most wicked player of the lot has a good and strong willed daughter however and she decides to risk all to help the engineer. Meanwhile, underfoot and all around are signs that none of this really matters. If they could only recognise the signs, they would know that the volcanic mountain, Vesuvius, is waking up and soon nothing else will matter. There have been plenty of indicators besides the fact that the water has ceased to flow: the dead fish, the bitter taste of the water, the stink of sulphur, the spring flowing backwards, the vibration Pliney noticed in his glass of wine, the earth tremors. These people don't seem to understand that the mountain is a volcano - not until it's too late ... Read more ›
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Possible Hollywood blockbuster? 12 Jan 2004
This book, although not complicated or amazingly original plotwise, is utterly enthralling and i challenge anyone to be able to put it down for too long.
You cant help but like Marcus Attilius or get involved with his struggle to prove himself to the might of the Roman Empire as the new Aquarius, overseer of the aqueduct providing Campania with its much needed water supply.
Through his obvious enthusiasm and research into the topic Harris gets across with ease the sense of self importance and indestructibility that the Romans felt at this period in their history, in the decades before the fall of the empire.
Some of the characters are fictional but others such as Pliny the Elder (author of 37 volumes entitled Natural History) were actually in the city at the time of its destruction and some of the events and dialogue described in the book are well documented by his nephew (also featured) who survived to tell the tale.
Harris fuses fact and fiction into a tale that remorselessly picks up pace from the idyllic surroundings of Pompeii at the height of Roman civilisation to the humbling and ruin of the city by one of natures greatest forces. I forsee a Hollywood blockbuster coming before long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That is so Roman 18 May 2004
I haven't read any other books by Robert Harris but have every intention of doing so after reading this book.
There were many aspects of this book which I adored to see because they fit in perfectly with how I envisaged Roman culture to be and I should, hopefully, have a good impression of this being a student of Ancient History.
First - The corruption of various public figures in Pompeii is very accurate and was a huge problem during the Imperial age of Rome.
Second - The death of Pliny, this was lifted straight from the works of Pliny the Younger and so is as accurate a description of the death of Pliny as you will get. The tension and fear were so well described that there were moments when my breath was short because of all the ash.
Third - The instance of a slave being thrown to some eels is also a well known anecdote from the period, some masters were so cruel to their slaves that they would do this. Likewise some were very beneficient and even left large sums of money and freedom to their slaves in their wills.
Fourth - the sense of duty the hero felt to get the aquaduct working again. This idea of working for the public good is one that is not highlighted much when looking at the Romans but it is something that their Empire was pretty much founded on and so was a integral part of their culture. Of course no everyone was like this, probably a minority but it is by no means far fetched.
There was of course a feeling of inevitability to this story but it is a wonderfully written book and as historically accurate as historical fiction gets. I think it gives a very good impression of what life was like at the time, of the dangers and of the perks. I for one would not be dissapointed if Robert Harris explored more of the period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plot plays a clever second fiddle 7 Jan 2004
By d m may
A very interesting concept for a book: we already know what the ending is going to be, we just want to know how we get there. Similar to the film, Titanic; you know the ship is going to sink, let's see how this young love is going to cope with it.
The entire book, quite rightly, I suppose, builds up slowly to "The Eruption". Marcus Attilus, in charge of Aqueduct Maintenance, is going to fix a blockage and takes some crew with him. His crew are a mixed bunch, to say the least, but Harris reassures the reader that despite some petty faults, these are all good men, all good men who are going to get smoked!
There's a love interest, there's a case of a missing predecessor, some brutality from the higher classes, some corrupt people and a cameo from the great Pliny. Lots of strands of story, most quite under-developed; but that is the entire point.
Harris knows the reader will enjoy the little sub-plots and so on, but you're not buying the book to see if Attilus gets the girl, are you? No. You're buying it to read about Pompeii getting liquidised. And that is the last third of the book, and boy-oh-boy, Harris does a magical job writing it!
You'll also like the snippets of volcano fact he inserts at the start of each chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing vision
Having visited Pompeii I thought this book encapsulated the Vesuvius eruption amazingly. Excellent story based on factual evidence. Well done.
Published 2 days ago by sandysco
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak
Disappointing, as I thought Robert Harris could write better than this (I had already read, and enjoyed, Enigma and Fatherland). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars extremely good read
Both well written and educational. Historical fiction at it's very best. A believable mix or historical fact in both it's natritive and characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I was really impressed by the amount of information about the whole event. I have been fascinated by the story of Pompeii since I was a child in primary school. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Anne MacPhail
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining account of the last days of Pompeii
Set in the bay of Naples it tells the story of one family and a young engineer who maintains the aqueduct.
Published 1 month ago by G. Sweet
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