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So it’s a thumbs-up from a history geek, and for anyone that likes an investigation story.
on 20 June 2017
It’s a pretty interesting story of the last few days of Pompeii before Vesuvius blew, while also following a murder mystery; the new aquarius is trying to work out what happened to his predecessor while also dodging the hostility of the local landowners, navigating social situations and trying to work out what on earth is killing fish and draining the fountains.
I love the accuracy of the escalation; the local people really did have little idea of what was happening, and Harris has certainly done his research; I find it terrifying that people came back after that first initial blast, thinking it was just another quake, and then got killed by the pyroclastic flow that engulfed and preserved the city. The lives of the characters, although fictional, have enough tiny details to make the book fascinating and the story definitely readable. So it’s a thumbs-up from a history geek, and for anyone that likes an investigation story.