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Cheesy and readable - good holiday reading if you're off to visit Pompeii,
This review is from: Pompeii (Paperback)
I bought this in anticipation of a trip to Pompeii and read it shortly afterwards. I've never read any of his other books and so I'm not sure if this one is an abberration or if it's typical of his writing.
On the plus side; having walked the streets, seen the gates, been inside the brothels (!) and witnessed the (albeit somewhat changed) view of Vesuvius from Pompeii, this experience did make the story that bit more dramatic and realistic.
Otherwise, I was a little disappointed... it reminded me of the clunky style of prose a la Dan Brown in the da Vinci code... readable without the need to engage with it, I read it in a few hours. There were a few odd parts of the plot that didn't quite hang together and had me scratching my head and flicking back a few pages to see if I had missed something. As one of the other reviewers has suggested... a potential hollywood blockbuster... which I can see (if they had the budget for the special effects!) but that to me is not necessarily a sign of a good book!
It has however spurred me on to have a look at works by Pliny the younger and as well to read up on Roman mythology and a bit more of the history of Pompeii and the Roman empire at that time.