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City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    The story of Pompeii has always fascinated me. In our modern wor

    The story of Pompeii has always fascinated me. In our modern world it is so hard to imagine being unaware of the impending eruption of a volcano. I can hardly imagine being caught unawares, but that is exactly what happened to most of the citizens of Pompeii.




    City on Fire is about so much more than the eventual destruction of the city. It begins with the story of the burning of the Temple in Jerusalem and the persecution of the Jewish people by Nero. The story is told through the life of Ariella who escapes a very dangerous situation by masquerading as a male gladiator. The debauchery of the Roman empire is told in detail but Ms. Higley does it in a very tasteful manner.  




    We are also introduced to an aspiring politician by the name of Cato. He has recently moved to Pompeii to escape a disappointing past and make a fresh start with his mother and sisters. Little does he know what this move has in store for him and those he loves.




    I was completely intrigued by all the detail that was included in the story-line. This is not an easy read but it is one that is worth every minute. The persecution of Christians in such vile manners are important reminders that even though so much in our world has changed so much has stayed the same. If you enjoy historical fiction I urge you to get a copy of this book and be reminded of where we have come from.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Very Good

    Love historical fiction, always loking for a good author. Pompeii fascinates me and I found this book held my intrest from the start! It did get a bit long when the eruption started? Would recomend this book for sure.

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