The Last Days of Pompeii
Author David Macphail
It is August AD79 and Marcus and his father, Felix, are on their way to Pompeii, when they are warned of strange omens and signs, and the volcano Vesuvius is looking menacing. Soon after they arrive in the city, Felix is promptly arrested and his valuable silver is stolen. When the volcano erupts and threatens to bury the city, Marcus must try to recover the stolen silver and free his father before the whole city is covered in ash and lava. Will he succeed?
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Chapter 1 Omens of Doom
Marcus’s father Felix yanked on the reins and brought their wagon to a halt. “There it is.” He pointed into the distance, across the fertile plain, through the haze of heat and dust. “My home town...
Chapter 2 The Looming Shadow
Marcus looked around the dark graveyard, and then at his father once more. Felix was still sleeping soundly. Swallowing his fear, Marcus decided to investigate alone. Getting silently to his feet,...
Chapter 3 Across the Rooftops
Marcus glanced from the street to the rooftops, then back again. He didn’t think he’d catch Galbus, who’d already disappeared into the bustling crowd. He had no choice – he had to go after the sil...
Chapter 4 The Sky Cracks Open
Marcus glanced at the window again, weighing up his chances of escape. But there was no way he’d get through it and out onto the roof, without Galbus catching him. He could make a break for the do...
Chapter 5 The Sickle Falls
Marcus wanted to help Poppeia. Hadn’t she saved his life? And, no matter what he’d done, Galbus didn’t deserve to be left there to die. But what about his father? He was locked in a prison, and i...