Teaser Tuesday (6 February)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted at The Purple Booker.

Anyone can play along by doing the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The destination of the journey could not be altered, only the manner in which one approached it. Whether one chose to walk erect or to be dragged complaining through the dust.

(~ Pompeii by Robert Harris, Kindle Edition, 2003)

[I like the author especially when he writes historical thrillers – his A Officer and Spy is one of my favourites, but Pompeii is quite notable, too, also because it’s well documented and you can even find Latin authors -like Plinius the Elder, who died while studying the eruption- as one of the characters. As a long-time Latinist, I can appreciate the accuracy of the geography and other details, even though the characters themselves sound -I believe intentionally -startlingly 20th century Americans.]

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays’ post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here and/or in The Purple Booker.


  1. ccyager

    “In the face of a morning like this, I forget his jealousy and his self-pity, his tender ego and his slovenly habits. In this light, Henry is a man in the encyclopedic sense, a creature of near-infinite possibility for endeavor, and for change.”

    This quote comes from “All the Old Knives” by Olen Steinhauer, an espionage novel that I’m currently reading. It is my first experience of Steinhauer’s work and I’m enjoying it, although the characterizations have been a bit simplistic so far. I’m hoping that’s misleading and what appears to be shallow is really facade with much behind it. The story is about two spies who meet in California to review a terrorism disaster in Vienna, Austria that they had been a part of to figure out exactly what happened and if someone at the CIA station in Vienna had been involved.

    1. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

      It looks interesting, and I’m a fan of espionage books, fiction and non. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Kym Thorpe

    Looks like an interesting read. I really appreciate historical novels that can weave an interesting story that carefully respects the known facts. Here’s my Teaser for this week: http://bit.ly/2nHCMBE

    1. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

      Yes, it is worth your time. Thanks for posting your teaser, going to check it out.

  3. ljennison

    Good teaser! Sounds like a good read. Hope you enjoy it. My Teaser

    1. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

      thanks, going to check it out! 🙂

  4. sjhigbee

    This one sounds really promising – it’s been a while since I read any of Robert Harris’s books:). Thank you for sharing, Steph.

  5. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

    I imagine you know him pretty well 😉

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I wasn’t aware of this book, although I read some of his works in the past – and the tragedy at Pompeii always fascinated me, so I will add this to my “most wanted” list. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

    It is really fascinating, and the description of the eruption comes straight from original Latin sources 😀


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