Vesuvius blends a present-day mystery with the tragedy of young Roman lovers caught in the first
century eruption that buried Herculaneum and Pompeii in A.D. 79.   

Oliver, a retired history professor and his granddaughter Cassandra bring a golden box with them on
a vacation to Italy.  The box, given to Oliver long ago by his grandfather, contains ancient scrolls from
the first century—letters from a Roman woman and her father.  Together with their scientist friends,
Oliver and Cassandra find the skeletal remains of two Romans and a historic villa near Herculaneum
that enables them to discover the meaning of the scrolls.  However, the thief Mee Lee seems to
always be a step ahead of Oliver and Cassandra in putting together the puzzle that ultimately leads to
the most prized discovery, the sword of St. Peter.  Used by Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane to
protect Jesus, this sword could become one of the Vatican’s most coveted possessions.
Vesuvius brings the reader into the Roman history of ancient gladiators, chariot races, the rich, the
poor, and the cruelty of the times. Still, there are parallels between then and now. In death,
Cassandra unites the two young Romans who were buried on the beaches of Herculaneum—an
attachment that was taken from them, in life. Her connection with the Roman lovers is strengthened
by her own bond with Sandro, an Italian scientist.

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Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: Vic LeClair III; First Ed. edition (September 24, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615255094
ISBN-13: 978-0615255095
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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Publisher: Vic LeClair III (September 24, 2008)
Publication Date: September 24, 2008
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Language: English

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