By Robert Harris
All alongside the Mediterranean coast, the Roman empire’s richest voters are stress-free of their sumptuous villas, having fun with the final days of summer time. The world’s biggest army lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The travelers are spending their funds within the beach motels of Baiae, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.
But the carefree way of life and beautiful climate belie an imminent cataclysm, and just one guy is anxious. The younger engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has simply taken cost of the Aqua Augusta, the big aqueduct that brings clean water to 1 / 4 of 1000000 humans in 9 cities round the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared. Springs are failing for the ﬁrst time in generations. And now there's a concern at the Augusta’s sixty-mile major line—somewhere to the north of Pompeii, at the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.
Attilius—decent, functional, and incorruptible—promises Pliny, the well-known student who instructions the military, that he can fix the aqueduct earlier than the reservoir runs dry. His plan is to commute to Pompeii and prepare an day trip, then head out to where the place he believes the fault lies. yet Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent city, and Attilius quickly discovers that there are robust forces at work—both typical and man-made—threatening to ruin him.
With his trademark beauty and intelligence, Robert Harris, bestselling writer of Archangel and Fatherland, re-creates a global on the point of disaster.
From the Hardcover edition.