A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? But even as Rome's richest citizens relax in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, there are ominous warnings that something is going wrong. Wells and springs are failing, a man has disappeared, and now the greatest aqueduct in the world - the mighty Aqua Augusta - has suddenly ceased to flow. Through the eyes of four characters - a young engineer, an adolescent girl, a corrupt millionaire and an elderly scientist - Robert Harris brilliantly recreates a luxurious world on the brink of destruction.

Press Reviews

Blazingly exciting... Harris, as Vesuvius explodes, gives full vent to his genius for thrilling narrative... pulse-rate-speeding masterpieces of suffocating suspense and searing action

Sunday Times

Robert Harris's Pompeii is his best yet: as explosive as Etna, as addictive as a thriller, as satisfying as great history - Simon Sebag Montefiore 'Books of the Year'

Daily Telegraph

Breakneck pace, constant jeopardy and subtle twists of plot... a blazing blockbuster

Daily Mail

Harris has done a tremendous job in evoking life in ancient Italy... I am lost in admiration at his energy and skill

Mail on Sunday

The long drawn-out death agony of the two cities is brilliantly done. Explosive stuff indeed

Daily Telegraph

Gripping, topical and dauntingly intelligent

Sunday Times

A stunning novel... The subtlety and power of its construction holds our attention to the end

The Times

A whole community, buried in volcanic ash 2000 years ago, has been brought to life... Stirring and absorbing

Sunday Telegraph

A supremely good piece of storytelling, most impressively researched

The Guardian

Britain's leading thriller writer ... Explosive stuff, indeed - and yes, it goes with a bang

Tom Holland - Daily Telegraph

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