Book Review: New Pompeii, by Daniel Godfrey

Just finished this great novel by Daniel Godfrey. I haven’t been really impressed or intrigued by a book in just under two months, when I did a review on “The Girls” by Emma Cline.

I really enjoyed the use of conflict to show the differences between Roman political and war tactics compared with modern warfare in this novel. If there was any scene that I would call my favourite, it’s when the two worlds clash in the form of a conflict between the Novus Particles operations chief and Barbatus, the duumvir of Pompeii.

You’ll particularly enjoy this book if you love modern history. Ideologically, New Pompeii attempts to draw parallels between The Third Reich and the modern corporation. There’s a strong inclination towards an Animal Farm type of conclusion to be drawn from the text itself.

Overall, it’s an exciting page turner and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys a bit of historical fiction with a mix of sci-fi elements.

There are a lot of unanswered questions that the book leaves the reader open to. You’ll see what I mean when you read it. I’m hoping all the answers will come with the release of its sequel in June 2017. Look out for the next instalment of Daniel Godfrey’s time travel saga “Empire of Time”. So excited for its release!

Another interesting element of the text is the question of alternate histories being formed each time that someone is transported or the timeline is altered by a private corporation. It raises all sorts of questions about the ethics of such a technology in the hands of a non-government entity.

This is explored briefly in the novel, but is definitely on the periphery of its plot. I would have liked to see a plot twist that enabled a more meaty conflict between the government and Novus Particles (the organisation that controls time in New Pompeii). The implications of the technology are however further explored with the parallel story of Kirsten and Harris, alongside the protagonist: Nick (Roman name: Pullus). Both stories are expertly strung together. Godfrey is no doubt a master story teller.

You can check out another review of the same book by the blog, For Winter Nights here.

View the link to purchase this book on your kindle or in paperback on Amazon:

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