I had never heard of Robert Harris before I found this book at a used book sale but I'm glad I ended up buying it. I've always wanted to go to Europe, especially to Rome and Pompeii, so that's what caught my eye. Everyone knows what happened in Pompeii but I had never really thought about what it would've been like to actually be in it. The book is divided into sections for each day leading up to the eruption. By the time I got to the day of the explosion I was on the edge of my seat and could not put this book down. The best part of it (aside from a really great story about Attilius and the people he encounters) is that I've come away from this feeling a little bit more educated on volcanoes, the city of Pompeii, and Roman technology without even trying. So that's a plus.