Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £3.25

Save £5.99 (65%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

A Day of Fire: a novel of Pompeii by [Dray, Stephanie, Kane, Ben, Knight, E, Perinot, Sophie, Quinn, Kate, Alvear Shecter, Vicky]
Kindle App Ad

A Day of Fire: a novel of Pompeii Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£3.25

Length: 340 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

Summer Sale
Choose from over 450 books on sale from 99p. Shop now
Get a £1 reward for movies or TV
Enjoy a £1.00 reward to spend on movies or TV on Amazon Video when you purchase any Amazon Kindle Book from the Kindle Store (excluding Kindle Unlimited, Periodicals and free Kindle Books) offered by Amazon.co.uk. A maximum of 1 reward per customer applies. UK customers only. Offer ends at 23:59 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Terms and conditions apply



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1390 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Knight Media, LLC (4 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NI5CBXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top customer reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The idea for this book is an intriguing one. Get six authors to write stories all set around the few days when Pompeii is destroyed, and interlink them, so that several characters appear in several of the stories, seen from different viewpoints. But for me, the whole didn't really work. Some of the stories are stronger than others, as are some of the characters - one or two are pretty one-dimensional. The later stories seem more involving because by the time you read them, you already have knowledge of some of the characters, so the authors at the beginning seem to have an in-built disadvantage. Most of the tales are acceptable as short stories, even if everything is very predictable, but I feel that the overall execution didn't match the promise of the idea.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The best book I have read in a long while. You really think "what on earth would I do?" the characters are so believable and the conditions described so you could almost smell and taste the effect of Vesuvius erupting. I have very few books I read again but this will be one of them. Well done all the authors involved. Please write some more!!!!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Excellent read!!! It was a nice change read these stories rather than concentrate on one storyline. There should be more books like this. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 is an event that catches the imagination of anyone fascinated by that transition between life and death that is caught in time and captured so evocatively in the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and in the remains of the disaster's human and animal victims. I know I'm enthralled by it. I've visited both sites several times over the last few years and the pull on me never lessens, only increases. But never have these streets, houses and businesses, slaves, senators and householders felt as alive to me as they do now and for that I have A Day of Fire to thank.

A Day of Fire comprises six short stories (each averaging about 40-50 pages) by six different authors: The Son by Vicky Alvear Shecter; The Heiress by Sophie Perinot; The Soldier by Ben Kane; The Senator by Kate Quinn; The Mother by E. Knight; and The Whore by Stephanie Dray. I'm no lover of short stories, on the contrary, but this is no ordinary compilation. Each of these stories is linked, not only by the events of Pompeii's last few days, which would have pulled all of the city's inhabitants together in survival, but by an array of very different characters who move between the stories, adding a spectrum of perspectives to their personalities.

The stories move chronologically, starting a few days before the eruption, but the signs of something monumental about to happen are there from the beginning, and when all hell lets loose, blimey, it lets loose.

The characters are a mixed bunch, as can be seen by the titles of the stories, and each is fascinating, introducing every level of Pompeian society and several of them are caught up in key moments of their lives - a gladiatorial combat, a marriage, a birth.
Read more ›
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
An interesting concept having a different author writing each chapter, with a different but interconnected story, however it felt like the reader never gets the chance to really get to grips with characters, and some lacked depth. The different styles did not take away from the story or feel too clunky, but was noticeable enough to make it worth while, but it did mean character development was mixed at times. However, there are some real tragic moments, as characters meet their ends, some of which are snatched away just as you think they have pulled it through!

I liked the blend of real history, and figures found in Pompeii having fictional but credible stories applied to them, which helped bring it the story to life. An entertaining read, that can be read in one go, or each section as a distinct story. Worth a read if Roman historical fiction is your thing!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Review:

When Ben (Kane) asked me to review this new book i was flattered and Intrigued. Ben is one of the most accomplished writers in his genre, so if he says something is worth a read then you sit up and take note. But he clearly has a vested interest. So what else was there to sell this? well there are 6 other very accomplished writers, and a concept that when you stop and think about it… well its pure genius.

Take a group of authors and get them to tell the story of the last day of Pompeii, tell it from the differing perspectives of not only authors and styles but from characters and personalities. Have those characters cross into each others story. Still with me on the genius? it gets better. Each author has a short tale to tell, but those tales form a story arc that takes the reader into the oblivion that is the final conclusion for Pompeii, we follow the differing characters in their decent into that grim dark night. As I read it Dylan Thomas came to mind (I’m not normally one for true literature, but the iconic ones!)

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

- Dylan Thomas

These Characters raged against the darkness descending on them, they fought with dignity. They survived or met their end as Romans. And once the book takes you down further and further into the destruction of Pompeii, you hit the emotional peak, or is that trough (well for me) in The Mother, I actually cried reading this one of the tales, I’m not afraid to admit it, this story was just heart breaking, anyone who reads this without putting themselves in the room must have a heart of stone.
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews

click to open popover