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Pompeii by T.L. Higley
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Aug 28, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction, historical

I didn't finish this book. We meet Ariella, a Jew, at the start of the book. Roman soldiers are burning the temple in Jerusalem. She has run there to find her mother and is horrified at how the Romans are killing people where they stand. Right in front of her! Does she run home like any sensible person would? No, she stays where she is, looking around and having profound thoughts while people are slaughtered all about her. When she happens to look down she sees her injured mother lying at her feet. Her mother whispers "Never forget" before dying, and well, that's when I stopped. I should have stopped at the prologue, which was from the point of view of Mt Vesuvius.

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