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Robert Harris (1) (1957–)

Author of Pompeii

For other authors named Robert Harris, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Author Robert Harris was born in Nottingham, England in 1957. He attended King Edward VII College and Selwyn College. He has worked as a BBC journalist, the Political Editor of the Observer, and a columnist for The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. He was named Columnist of the Year by the British show more Press in 2003. He has written both fiction and nonfiction books and currently lives in Berkshire, England. His works of fiction include; An Officer and a Spy, The Fear Index, Pompeii, Enigma, Fatherland, Dictator, and Conclave. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Robert Harris

Pompeii (2003) 5,333 copies, 153 reviews
Fatherland (1992) 4,710 copies, 108 reviews
Imperium (2006) 3,877 copies, 129 reviews
Enigma (1995) 2,929 copies, 42 reviews
The Ghost (2007) 2,449 copies, 92 reviews
Archangel (1998) 2,185 copies, 39 reviews
Lustrum (2009) 1,861 copies, 64 reviews
An Officer and a Spy (2013) 1,721 copies, 98 reviews
The Fear Index (2011) 1,296 copies, 58 reviews
Conclave (2016) 1,184 copies, 71 reviews
Munich (2017) 1,156 copies, 54 reviews
Dictator (2015) 993 copies, 35 reviews
The Second Sleep (2019) 822 copies, 57 reviews
Act of Oblivion (2022) 592 copies, 17 reviews
V2 (2020) 525 copies, 24 reviews

Associated Works

The Mask of Dimitrios (1939) — Introduction, some editions — 1,857 copies, 50 reviews
Speaking with the Angel (2001) — Contributor — 1,529 copies, 17 reviews
Journey into Fear (1940) — Introduction, some editions — 844 copies, 16 reviews
Epitaph for a Spy (1938) — Introduction, some editions — 743 copies, 17 reviews
Enigma [2001 film] (2002) — Original book — 66 copies, 2 reviews
Voices of The Codebreakers (2007) — Foreword, some editions — 57 copies
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Contributor — 31 copies
Fatherland [1994 film] (1994) — Original novel — 13 copies, 4 reviews
How to write fiction (2008) — Introduction — 3 copies
Fatherland (Dramatized) (2005) — Author, some editions — 1 copy


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Ghost in Crime, Thriller & Mystery (July 2011)


The second in a three part series centered on Cicero. This is Cicero at his peak of popularity and career. A Senator acting as a consul along with Hybrida, who is his co-consul but Cicero is definitely in charge.

Again told by Tiro, his slave and secretary, the story is often confusing due to so many Roman names sounding alike, but still so interesting. The plot to invade Rome by Catilina takes a large portion of the book. Cicero acting as one of the leaders to unveil the plot which lead to several being killed without the benefit of a trial (which later is his downfall).

Julius Caesar begins to take on much of the story as he gains strength and popularity by appealing to "the people" causing much worry among the Patricians. Cicero early on understands the threat that Caesar may become but is never able to gain the support to stop him. Pompey, the great general, is back in Rome after many victories. He and Caesar join along with Pompey's bitter enemy, Crassus begin to form the First Triumvirate which is the beginning of the end for the Roman republic.

The politics of the day seem much like what is going on in our country today. Very interesting.
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maryreinert | 63 other reviews | Jul 2, 2024 |
Bleh. 13 discs of boredom
kwagnerroberts | 97 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
I read this after "Dictator" which is the final book in this series; maybe that's why this wasn't as interesting. There are so many Roman names (sometimes not always called the same) which makes it hard to follow. "Dictator" provided a list of characters; this did not.

This tells of Cicero's rise to fame as a Roman senator and orator. It is told from the perspective of Tiro, his enslaved scribe who is known for a method of shorthand. There is political intrigue, battles, and speeches. Julius Caesar makes appearances but is not the leader he will become.

I read it because I loved "Dictator' - maybe should have read this first, but due to the confusion of characters, might have avoided "Dictator."
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maryreinert | 128 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |
Picked this up after reading "Conclave" by this author which I loved. This too was a good thriller, but more confusing due to the many hard-to-remember Russian names. Fluke Kelso is a historian visiting Moscow for a conference on historical documents. He has a reputation of being somewhat of an odd duck. He is visited one night at his hotel by a rough man claiming to be at the scene when Stalin died and that he knows where Stalin's personal documents are hidden.

Kelso takes the time to do further research which eventually becomes a thriller leading the characters to the remote city of Archangel near the Artic Circle. The man's daughter, a "westernized" Soviet official, and other characters become involved including a scary former KGV operative.

The book was a good read for a thriller.
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maryreinert | 38 other reviews | Jun 7, 2024 |



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