Never a Dull Day in Pompeii: A Tale of Ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum and Modern Discovery

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Fiction - 324 pages
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A stranger introduces himself to James and Sandra Carold at the theatre. He explains to them that he is psychometric and can pick up vibrations from objects and can often "see" some of the history of the object, the people who owned it and the places it has been. Years before this story starts this stranger (Malcolm Manston) befriended James father on a train journey on the way to an archaeological dig in Pompeii. Together using Malcolm's talent they uncovered some of the secrets of the town that the ash from Vesuvius buried during the eruption of 79 AD. Malcolm's psychic gift has recently shown him of the whereabouts of a massive hoard of Roman coins and treasure in a secret room in a villa buried beneath the pumice on the slopes of Vesuvius.

This gripping adventure story follows the fortunes of James, Sandra and Malcolm in their race to unearth the hoard. They find they are up against an unscrupulous millionaire determined to have the treasure for himself, a powerful crooked Italian official and even the Volcano itself whose rumblings warn of a possible repeat of the eruption in 79 A.D.

As the tale unfolds James, Sandra and Malcolm find inner strengths, and new friends in Italy and England who with their various skills help them in their struggle.


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Jonathan Cheyne is the Great Grandson of the author Sir Henry Rider Haggard (King Solomon's Mines, She, Alan Quatermain and many other romances and works of fact). He is the president of the Rider Haggard Society and gives talks to other clubs and societies on a variety of subjects including the life of his Great Grandfather. He travels extensively (usually with his wife Sally) and is a strong believer in the importance of firsthand experience for his writing. Among his travels he has visited sites throughout the ancient Roman Empire including in Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, France, Cyprus, Holland, Germany, Malta, Greece, Switzerland, England, Montenegro and, Croatia, He has written several short stories but "Never a Dull Day in Pompeii" is his first published book.Jonathan was born in Malta in 1957 and has run his own Cabinet Making Business (Three Bells Furniture) for 25 years from his workshops in Norfolk. He holds an advanced scuba diving certificate, is a keen sailor and enjoys walking, magic (conjuring), archery, music (clarinet, saxophone, and guitar) painting (watercolour), and of course writing.

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