Monday, July 4, 2011

Review: Pompeii: City on Fire by T.L. Higley

Pompeii: City of Fire: A NovelPompeii, a city that's many things to many people. For Cato, it's the perfect escape from a failed political career in Rome. A place to start again, become a winemaker. But when a corrupt politician wrongfully jails Cato's sister, he must oust the man from power to save her. 

For Ariella, Pompeii is a means to an end. As a young Jew, she escaped the fall of Jerusalem only to endure slavery to a cruel Roman general. She ends up in Pompeii, disguised as a young man and sold into a gladiator troupe. Her anger fuels her to fight well, hoping to win the arena crowds and reveal her gender at the perfect time. Perhaps then she will win true freedom. 

But evil creeps through the streets of Pompeii. Political corruption, religious persecution, and family peril threaten to destroy Ariella and Cato, who are thrown together in the battle to survive. As Vesuvius churns with deadly intent, the two must bridge their differences to save the lives of those they love, before the fiery ash buries Pompeii, leaving the city lost to the world.

ARC received from the publisher for review.

This one gets two stars.  Apparently I am the only person on Earth that did not love this, but it just did nothing for me.  The religiosity of the prologue left a bad taste in my mouth and it just continued to go downhill from there.  Apparently the author really hates Romans for some reason as she spent nearly the entire book constantly crabbing about what horrible people they were.  The author's main character, a Jewish slave girl, was just plain obnoxious with her "holier than thou" attitude towards the Romans.  Her continuous disapproval of their drinking and behavior was just grating.  It really was like reading some sort of rant from the modern day religious fringe.  This may as well have had a giant sticker on it stating "If you liked the cruelty and discrimination of the Bible, you'll love this!".  Unless you're really looking forward to reading about how Jews are wonderful but oppressed and Romans are indulgent and horrible then just give this one a pass.

And, while we're on the slave topic here let me state yet again that the Egyptian pyramids were not built by slaves for those who are still clinging to that bit of propaganda.

☆☆= Just Okay


Ryan G said...

I think I'll skip this book, though I like the cover for some reason.

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