A Day of Fire by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter

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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.

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4 thoughts on “A Day of Fire by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter

  1. robert southworth May 23, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Damn another book on the reading list….thanks for sharing your thoughts mate

    • tigers68 May 23, 2015 / 9:49 am

      so many good books to read….leaves little time to write 🙂

  2. jst May 23, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Has entertainment value, at first reading. But Harris’ Pompeii is far superior in presenting the eruption on the day and the preceding signs and causes, within a very personal context of the characters. The commercial hype on the commercial review sites has been nauseating.

    • tigers68 May 23, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Haven’t read the Harris book… but is on my list … thanks for the comment.

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