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- 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
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 ›
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!
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
Loved this story, each chapter a story of it's own but with all the characters joined in some way.Published 5 months ago by graham lornie
I came across this book after reading the excellent A Year of Raven, another compilation of writers offering short stories within an overall tale. As with A Year of Raven, E. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BishBosh
An excellent collection of short stories bringing to life the disaster that befell Pompeii and Herculaneum in the rigen of emproer Titus. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dayton little
I love this book. The way the authors have worked together to integrate their stories into one work is very impressive. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Steve Lancaster
Runner-up for the 2015 Historical Novel Society Indie Award - although a VERY close thing for first place! This is a super novel - full of passion, delight - and quite a few tears. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Helen Hollick
We are proud to announce that A DAY OF FIRE by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn and Vicky Alvear Shectoer is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. Read morePublished on 14 July 2015 by indieBRAG
Excellent read, each story interrelated to the previous by a different author. I'll re-read this on occasion, it's that good!Published on 11 July 2015 by Mike Middleton