Like most people, I suppose, I’ve always been alternately fascinated and horrified by the death and destruction meted out when Vesuvius erupted in year 79 A.D. In A Day of Fire I came face to face with the results of that destruction in actual human terms, The book is a collaboration of six authors; a collection of six different stories. Different, but connected stories as they are all related in some fashion. It is written in chronological order so as you progress through the book the situation becomes more dire as the day of the eruption proceeds. It is a very powerful, very intense and emotional read; I found myself stopping every few pages, especially the last couple of chapters, in order to recoup as the characters are struggling just to breathe or in some cases becoming resigned to their fate. While it is a book full of human suffering, it is also a testament to human courage in the face of unprecedented horror. I cannot recommend this wonderfully brilliant book highly enough. 5 stars does not do it justice.