All the Lives He Led

All the Lives He Led

Book - 2011
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Two thousand years after Pompeii's destruction, a thriller of upheaval--volcanic and political--as only SF Grandmaster Frederik Pohl can write it!

With a keen eye for the humanity in any situation, science fiction icon Frederik Pohl has crafted a compelling new novel of a not-too-distant future we can only hope is merely science fiction.

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. it gave so little warning that Pompeiians were caught unawares, and many bodies were preserved in volcanic ash. Two thousand years later, in 2079, Pompeii is a popular theme park eagerly anticipating Il Giubeleo , the Jubilee celebration of the great anniversary. But Vesuvius is still capable of erupting, and even more threatening are terrorists who want to use the occasion to draw attention to their cause by creating a huge disaster. As the fateful day draws near, people from all over the world--workers, tourists, terrorists--caught in the shadow of the volcano will grapple with upheaval both natural and political.

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2011.
ISBN: 9780765321763
Characteristics: 347 p. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 11, 2013

In the late 21st century, an indentured worker signs on to the Pompeii Jubilee, 2,000 yrs after the Vesuvius eruption. The Pompeii theme park, built mainly of 'virts' 3d projections, becomes the center of a major terrorist plot to spread a militarized virus. Pohl writes in 1st person in a colloquial voice which immediately establishes a rapport with the reader, reminiscent of early Vonnegut, breezy smartass. I read quickly because of a book shortage for the group, but it was a pleasure to return to the narrative and stay with it for several hours at a time. Fun ride

Jan 04, 2013

A frustrating read. Interesting plot line (revised world order due to acts of nature and terrorism), unusual setting (Pompeii restored as a theme park, in the near future) and a tabula rasa main character. The first 3/4 of the book is a cracking good read, and then it's as if the writer either lost interest, hit a page count, or couldn't figure out an ending so decided to just wrap it up quickly. Very disappointing fizzle.

Aug 04, 2011

Very well done - great characters and a complex plot with some good twists. What they call a page-tuner.

debwalker May 21, 2011

The year is 2079, the 2,000th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the Roman city of Pompeii. Pompeii has become a theme park, with workers, acting as ancient Pompeiians, wiped out daily by a virtual eruption of the volcano. The book’s lead character, Brad Sheridan – born to a wealthy family in Kansas, which lost its fortune when a huge volcano erupted in Yellowstone National Park in 2062 – is one of these new Pompeiians, who are preparing for Il Giubileo, a massive celebration to commemorate the landmark anniversary of Vesuvius’s deadly eruption. But the signs are ominous: A deadly flu virus is thinning the crowds; Gerda, the love of Brad’s life, has disappeared; and Brad seems to have stumbled into a terrorist plot that could destroy the planet

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