City on Fire: A Novel of Pompeii


Walk the Streets of Pompeii,

before the city is buried alive…

As the volcano Vesuvius churns, a slave girl-turned-gladiator in Pompeii joins forces with an unlikely source to seek justice.

In the coastal town of Pompeii, a new gladiator prepares to fight. But this gladiator hides a deadly secret: she’s a runaway Jewish slave girl named Ariella, disguised as a young boy. A savvy fighter, Ariella determines to triumph in the arena, knowing her life will be forfeit should anyone uncover the truth.

Cato, a wealthy politician, moved to Pompeii after tiring of the corruption in Rome. But he soon learns that Pompeii is just as corrupt, and if he doesn’t play the game, his family could pay the price.  Determined to bring about justice for the citizens of Pompeii, Cato searches for allies. But what he discovers instead is a confounding group of Christians . . . and a young female gladiator whose fame is growing daily.

Political unrest reaches a boiling point as Christians are jailed and executed, and the mountain in the distance threatens to destroy the city with its river of fire. Cato and Ariella must act quickly and courageously to save their loved ones before all is lost.

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*PLEASE NOTE: This novel was formerly published under the title Pompeii: City on Fire.

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  • It looks exciting to read. I would love to meet Cato I would dated hime he seems interesting and story is good.

    October 3, 2013
  • Linda Haggard

    I found myself transported to one of the most cataclysmic events in history. One doesn’t merely read this story but experiences it. My heart filled with the love, total surrender, and faith of the ever threatened first century Christians. This excursion through time made me look at my own soul and yearn for a closer relationship with my Savior.

    October 16, 2013
  • [...] of a volcano and its wrath upon an ancient city, and a great pick for historical fiction fans. See Tracy Higley’s web site for more information on the research she used in her novel about [...]

    October 21, 2013
  • It looks exciting indeed!

    November 11, 2013
  • Debby

    I loved this book! I was at the library, searching for a Christian fiction book and came across this in the online card catalog. This is the first of Tracy’s books that I’ve read and now I’m hooked. I enjoyed reading about a bit of history and felt that I learned some things along the way. Tracy’s writing style is superb and her book was an easy and fascinating read. I will be looking for more of her books, either at the library or at my local bookstore.

    April 26, 2014
  • […] of a volcano and its wrath upon an ancient city, and a great pick for historical fiction fans. See Tracy Higley’s web site for more information on the research she used in her novel about […]

    January 15, 2017
  • carolyn ross

    I loved this book,a lot! I felt like I was in the town of Pompeii,feeling their fears,experiencing the injustice of the poor,Mt Vesuvius felt a living,breathing thing ready to explode on good and bad equally without mercy. And yet through it all,you felt the Spirit of God at work,changing hearts in the midst of death and tragedy

    January 20, 2017

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