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New Pompeii (New Pompeii #1)

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In the near future, energy giant Novus Particles develops the technology to transport objects and people from the deep past to the present. Their biggest secret: New Pompeii. A replica of the city hidden deep in central Asia, filled with Romans pulled through time a split second before the volcano erupted.

Historian Nick Houghton doesn't know why he's been chosen to be the
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Paperback, 459 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Titan Books
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Sud666
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Have you ever, on a very hot day, reached into a cooler to grab that last ice cold beverage? The thirst compounds the frenetic fumbling, as you feel the can and yet the melted water mixed in the ice conspire in tandem to deny you the beverage. As abstruse as my comparison may seem, this is EXACTLY how I felt reading this book. Somewhere, mixed in with a great deal of nonsense is something great waiting to be grasped, yet it keeps squirting away. I really wanted to like this book. It seemed such ...more
Rinn
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

I can actually remember when I first heard about New Pompeii. I’d just finished reading A Darker Shade of Magic, and flicked to the back of the book to read about upcoming titles from Titan Books – and there it was. A Jurassic Park style element involving ancient Romans? Err, yes please and thank you. I felt my little archaeologist heart drop a little when I saw the wo
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Paul
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely a thinker. An interesting concept and a lot of questioning on the paradoxes of time travel.
The story is generally interesting , maybe could have been expanded in parts .
The ending stops you and makes you think and rethink the whole thing.
I reread the last few sections several times to grasp all the layers.
Ann
All the characters ran together because no one was really clearly defined. The protagonist was pretty feeble and rarely much of a doer. I was intrigued by the premise (who wouldn't be?), but the execution left me cold. I kept expecting it to be or do more than I ever got.

Also the protagonist must have been a terrible ancient historian, because he never took an attendant (or slave) with him anywhere. You need a slave to carry your torch after dark, you judge a man's importance by the size of his
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Josh
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set sometime in the near future, man has conquered time travel – though with some limitations. An evil corporation has monopolised the technology and is using if for their own nefarious purposes; purposes that become clear as the novel progresses. Somehow they have managed to recreate New Pompeii, along with the actual residents of the city. On the surface, this looks to be the perfect set-up for study and exploitation in a theme-park/zoo kind of way, until people start going missing and then ap ...more
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Daniel Godfrey's New Pompeii is one of the most intriguing reading experiences of the year, because it's an enjoyable and original blend of various elements. What makes this debut novel especially intriguing is that the author gives a whole new twist to the fate of Pompeii by writing about how a company has saved most of the people from Pompeii and placed them into a replica city by means of new technology.

I was impressed by New Pompeii and its entertainment
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Courtney
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
New Pompeii is a great tale of how a company who gets ahold and develops a new technology that can transport matter through time makes all the wrong choices with it. Through vividly described characters, it takes the reader on a story that makes you want to keep reading. I was unable to put New Pompeii down, and can't wait for the sequel to release in 2017. Highly recommended.
Aires
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cestování časem se stalo realitou. Tedy ne tak úplně, technologie umožňují jen přenos hmoty z minulosti do současnosti. Ale i to otevírá spoustu možností. Můžete si založit zoo pravěkých tvorů, zachránit před pádem letadla lidi přenesením do budoucnosti nebo si postavit dokonalou repliku Pompejí. S pravými Římany zachráněnými před smrtí v popelu.

Gladiátorské zápasy. Studium historie. Nové Pompeje jsou prozatím přísně střeženým tajemstvím a budoucí atrakcí pro turisty. Na místo přijíždí historik
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Míša Rubášová
Důmyslné, chytré, nápadité a zajímavé. Ale na můj vkus i dost složité na chápání. Každopádně to neskutečně bavilo.
http://kniznidenicek.blogspot.cz/2017...
Margo
I really didn't think much of this book. From the description I expected to enjoy it. It started well but about half way through I started to think it was going nowhere and by the end, I was sure of it!

A large part of the problem was seemingly unconnected second story running through the main story. It was distracting and added nothing to the novel.

I think that the author had a great concept but didn't quite know what to do with it. I'm sorry that I went to the trouble of reading to the end.
David Harris
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I honestly don't know how to categorise this book. SF? Fantasy? Historical? It's probably all three but above all it's a rollicking good adventure.

Godfrey plays with the ideas of alternate timelines, of changing history. Here, that's done through mysterious technology owned by the sinister firm Novus Particles. NovusPart has found a way to transport matter - including people - from the past. There are limits to this. They can't fetch anything from less than 30 years ago, and they're forbidden fr
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Andy Angel
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Part Science Fiction, Part Fantasy, part Thriller, this all adds up to one heck of a ride. The fact that this is the author's first novel makes it even more impressive.

The general gist of the story is that NovusPart, a large energy company have discovered a new technology that allows them to bring matter from the past to 'the now'. They have started by bringing citizens from Pompeii (hey, it's not a spoiler, the clue is in the title) forward and housing them in the replica New Pompeii. They do
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Linda Acaster
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The devil is in the detail, and so it plays out in this novel of the close future when particle acceleration has enabled things, and finally people, to be thrust forward in time. There are limitations, time itself being one, but the power is heady... and with power comes paranoia.

The people of Pompeii – or some of the people of Pompeii – have been hauled into the present and into a purpose-built replica of their old city. Except there are limitations, and the devil is always in the detail, for
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Kate
I enjoyed elements of this SF thriller - some intriguing characters (especially Kirsten, although I don't think her fascinating circumstances were explored enough) - but the Roman element didn't convince me in the slightest. I am very willing to believe the impossible in thrillers but this didn't work for me. 3 stars rather than 2 because of Kirsten.

Ettelwen
Hodnocení: 3,5

Netypické čtení, kde hlavní roli hraje minulost i budoucnost, časové osy, konspirační teorie a Pompeje.

Dvě dějové linky, u kterých se na začátku čtenář diví, jak mohou být propletené, ale faktem je, že se neustále prohlubují. Příběh se čte jedna báseň, od jisté doby je však jasná, jak skončí. Má prvky historie, ale i vědy, detektivky a thrilleru. Je to akční, dynamické. Ale chtělo by si to pohrát ještě s hlavními hrdiny a nějakým wow efektem :)
Marni Garland
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cool take on a time travel/alternate reality story

I enjoyed it throughout. Part mystery, part sci-fi, part historical fiction, all fun. Good read! I am looking forward to the sequel.
Lamadia
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the comparisons to Michael Crichton's early novels are completely justified, however, the differences make this even better. It is not an easy story. Nothing is straight forward and the twists and turns will leave your brain leaking out your ears. There is a huge mystery to be solved, but it's not a 'who-done-it', more like a 'what-the-fuck-is-going-on' in the best possible way. It's the kind of story where the last few pages make you flip back and reread passages to understand what they rea ...more
Cam
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Time-travel mystery set in a near-future with a tech company holding a monopoly on how to do it. There's a lot of public resistance to such an important discovery being held for private gain, but nothing seems to make any difference. A young, struggling doctoral student gets tangentially involved in an attempted protest action against the company and ends up getting hired to work on their project to build a New Pompeii and fill it with all the victims from the real one. They can snatch people wh ...more
Martin Belcher
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
New Pompeii is a fascinating novel, scifi, history, time travel and what if? Rolled all into one amazing story.
Novus Particles are a powerful energy corporation with endless amounts of money to spend on new projects, one of these projects unexpedectly discovers a way to 'pull living people' from events in the past and bring to the present or the future....
Bring in Nick Houghton a specialist in ancient Roman history who inadvertently brings himself to the attention of the CEO of NovusPart and so
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Bill Lynas
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Godfrey delivers a fast paced & inventive story. He has a remarkable ability to make incredible situations believable. A terrific novel, full of intertesting characters & fascinating settings. I very much look forward to his next work.
Abi Harvey
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone,
I received a press release from Titan Books and as soon as I had read the blurb I knew I had to read New Pompeii, I knew nothing else about it. About a week and half before the publishing date I received my review copy.

Read more at: http://abisbookreviews.com/2016/06/22...
John Anthamatten
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Totally Confusing. I really like fantasy but just could not follow what was happening. Mr Godfrey probably knows the story he wanted to tell but was unable to do so in writing.
Andy
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read - I couldn't put it down. An original idea told in an exciting way. The historical background had real authenticity.
Can't wait for June 2017
Charlotte
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD.

The only reason I gave 'New Pompeii' two stars instead of one is because 'The Waking Land' was far worse and I condescended to give that two stars.

The 1st star was for the sheer attention to detail in Godfrey's book. The scenes that were set in
New Pompeii had an air of authenticity that impressed me. The bath house ordeal was unexpectedly brutal considering the rest of the novel but it convinced me even more so that Godfrey was going for historical accuracy.
The 2nd star was
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Susanna
May 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Leather wristbands! Arrrgh!!! I should have been warned because this novel was praised as being "in the tradition of Michael Crichton" but I just couldn't resist the combination of ancient Rome and time travel. Well, this book is worse that I could have imagined - worse than anything my 14-year-old self would have written. Quite apart from the blatant historical mistakes the story in itself is utter nonsense. There is this uber-rich company that doesn't even do a google search and dumps modern v ...more
Eric  Overkamp
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Historian and not yet doctor Nick Houghton gets recruited by a mysterious energy company called Novus Particles in this thriller by Daniel Godfrey. Once recruited, he is flown to an undisclosed location where he is to help with the language and culture of the Romans in a replica town of Pompeii. The inhabitants have been pulled forward in time (right before Pompeii's complete destruction) without knowing that their world was about to be destroyed... NovusPart hopes to use this New Pompeii for tr ...more
The Idle Woman
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Any book which begins with a murder attempt at the British Museum is bound to catch my attention. Nick Houghton, a specialist in Roman history who’s struggling to find tenure at a university, is unwillingly caught up in the chaos. With one of his friends deeply implicated in the plot, he expects to be arrested; but instead the unthinkable happens. He is offered a job by the CEO of NovusPart, one of the most powerful and controversial companies in existence. For NovusPart has developed a technolo ...more
Nick Brett
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to enjoy this a lot more than I did to be honest. The premise is an interesting one but the delivery falls a little short.
A mysterious company have developed the ability to pull forward in time people from the past. A number of inhabitants of Pompeii are brought into the present into a purpose built and isolated reconstruction. A historian gets a job there and starts to realise there is more at stake than he realised. Some stuff here about time travel, the ethics and possibilities of ch
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Ruaidhri
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
2/5 is probably a harsh score as it's an enjoyable light read. The ending is quite weak and as it can't decide if it's sci-fi, historical novel or a Dan Brown thriller it suffers from a disjointed feeling at times. Ultimately it does end being more Dan Brown than anything else.

I did like that garum became a minor plot point though. Shows some attention to detail.

Best for when you want something quick and light to read
Eleanor
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really sure why this book doesn't have higher ratings! I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read the next one. The ending was a little abrupt for me, it didn't seem to come to much of a conclusion or cliffhanger although I can see what the intention was. A really fascinating read, I urge you to pick it up!
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My first novel, New Pompeii, was included in both the Financial Times’ and Morning Star’s ‘Books of 2016’ lists. The sequel, Empire of Time, was published in June 2017. I have also self-published a children’s e-book and had several short stories published.

Shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the British Fantasy Awards, 2017 (for New Pompeii).
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