City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

by Tracy Higley
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City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii by Tracy Higley


Previously released as Pompeii.

As Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice.

In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she’s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth.

Cato, a wealthy politician, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn’t play the game, his family could pay the price. Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians . . . and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling point as Christians are jailed and executed, and the mountain in the distance threatens to destroy the city with its river of fire. Cato and Ariella must act quickly and courageously to save their loved ones before all is lost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401687533
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 179,672
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tracy L. Higley started her first novel at the age of eight and has been hooked on writing ever since. She has authored nine novels, including Garden of Madness and Isle of Shadows. Tracy is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ancient History and has traveled through Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Italy, researching her novels and falling into adventures. See her travel journals and more at

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City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MsMuffit More than 1 year ago
Tracy L. Higley's City on Fire is a book that fans of historical and religious fiction will enjoy. While I have read other books by this author, I think this one is her best. this is a book that book clubs would be able discuss at length. The characters, their personal growth despite hardships and with the backdrop of ancient Jerusalem, rome, and Pompeii will lead to deep interesting book club meetings.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed it !