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New Pompeii Paperback – June 21, 2016
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“Deliciously Readable” - Barnes & Noble
“A story so irresistibly entertaining, it should be accompanied by a bottomless bucket of popcorn” - Barnes & Noble Sci Fi blog
"A perfect replica of Pompeii has been built in a formerly Soviet central Asian republic. But this isn’t some grand-scale historical re-enactment venue. The town has been populated with the residents of the real Pompeii who have been snatched from their homes just before Vesuvius erupted and dragged forward in time using cutting-edge technology. The corporation responsible intends to exploit their creation for all it’s worth, but things, of course, do not go to plan. The Pompeiians are smarter and less biddable than anticipated and have no wish to be exhibits or reality-TV fodder.
“Fascinating, cleverly wrought, intelligent and occasionally brutal, New Pompeii is a thrillingly original take on the time travel genre.” – Tim Lebbon, New York Times bestseller
“An exuberant, high-concept thriller that brings ancient Rome crashing into the present day. Smart, inventive and action-packed.” – Tom Harper, bestselling author of The Lost Temple
“That rare science fiction novel that reads like a thriller – fast-paced and intricate. Godfrey has crafted an astonishing debut, and I can’t wait to see where his story goes next.” – Alan Smale, Sidewise Award winner
“An impressive debut. A smart, intriguing thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton and Philip K. Dick.” – Gareth L. Powell, BSFA Award winner
“A first class debut. I couldn’t put it down!” – Adam Christopher, author of Empire State
“A cleverly woven tale of ancient Romans, time travel, and ageless power struggles, which builds to a stirring conclusion.” – Janet Edwards, author of Earth Flight
“I was completely engulfed within this book, unable to put it down for days straight. New Pompeii has all of the elements that every Sci-Fi fan would want” - Gamers Sphere
“You better pick-up this book” - Retrenders
“Sci-fi entertainment at its best and most fluent” - Rising Shadow
“New Pompeii is part sci-fi, part historical thriller. I’ve yet to read a novel that balances both genres so well." - Geekmundo
“New Pompeii is a fast-paced, intense thriller, reminding me most of Tom Clancy’s page-turners, where the technology matters, but not nearly as much as what people choose to do with it.” - Fangirl Nation
“Much like Crichton, Godfrey seems most at home delving into the nerdy details of his thought experiment, bringing to life the world of the Pompeiians with a convincing degree of historical accuracy” - Shelf Awareness
“A treat for fans of well-thought out science fiction. There are twists and turns that are dizzying but it’s an enjoyable ride.” - Impedimenta Magazine
“As a graduate with one of my degrees focused in Ancient Roman History, I was pleased the look at Pompeii and Roman society was well-researched, with enough historical facts to make the characters and setting believable without bogging down the narrative.” - Borg.com
About the Author
Daniel Godfrey has had several short stories published, including in My Weekly and Writers’ Forum, and is a dedicated reader of SF and historical fiction. He studied geography at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and gained an MSc from Leeds in transport planning. He lives in Derbyshire.
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The prospects of this book have a few things I love: history, time travel, and Michael Crichton (The back of the book says this book is suitable for readers of M.C) So, I had a lot of high hopes for it.
I won't get into plot points or spoilers- I'll just get to the things I did and didn't care for. I can appreciate the author's enthusiasm, and I can tell he enjoyed writing this book. I also can tell that he knew a bit about his topic, looks like he did research beyond Wikipedia, which is nice. He took his time developing everything. I feel the characters are well rounded and dynamic, things are described in detail, and overall, it's well done. I can't fault him for his efforts- there's a load of work to be done for something like this, and I think he did really well.
The BIG drawback I have is that the plot is very slow and very tedious. There is a difference between building suspense and going overboard, and I feel he does the latter. One character is stuck in a time warp, and I'm pretty sure I didn't learn anything new about her or see anything interesting till around page 200. While the book has a lot of work done to it, I think sometimes it is too ambitious. I get that you want to describe everything and allow the reader to "savor" what is going on, but it's a bit much. The plot takes forever to move and subsequently, the ending is rushed.
Good show, good effort, but no Michael Crichton. I encourage people to try it out as everyone his different, but rather than pay money, visit your local library first :)
Advertised as a "race to control renewable power, an energy giant stumbles on a controversial technology: the ability to transport matter from the deep past," it was more about the transport, the city, and its people - modern and ancient. What I had thought might be a novel of intrigue and suspense, it was instead the Pompeii version of Westworld with the citizenry a mix of modern and human rather than human and cyborg.
While a fan of ancient history, I found this book disappointing. It was almost as if it tried to be too much, and was not successful in its execution. It held my interest enough to finish reading (though admittedly, a book has to be pretty bad for me to give up), but I didn't find it interesting enough to care about the characters or want to read the next book in the series. I did enjoy the thought and care taken in doing research for the book, and I truly held high hopes for the story - it just fell short.
As with everything, YMMV. That said, my recommendation would be to check it out at the library, then if it's something you enjoy, consider buying the series. I wish I had.
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