It is so convincingly accomplished that I have to keep reminding myself what is real and what is not. I just finished rereading it. I even went to the internet to read her website. I thought it'd never end, and I don't mean that in a good way. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Female Indiana Jones looking for artifacts with chess in the background. The heroes are all women - and very lively ones at that. Nations and individuals have schemed to possess all the pieces. If you want that, this is a book for you. Just get it! She eventually comes into contact with the major historical figures of the day, from Robespierre to Napoleon, each of whom has an agenda. Sometimes you read a book and find yourself wishing it'll never end. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The tale is about the Whites against the Blacks and travels fromRussia to America, with a great many countries in between. Her characters are wonderful, and she does a great job of keeping us wondering until the end who is really on the "good" side. By Katherine Neville - The Fire: A Novel (Reprint) (2009-09-09) [Paperback]. Before she leaves she attends a New Year's party, where she meets a fortune teller who gives her a cryptic riddle involving her date of birth and "the eight". It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Enough of men! Keep reading your things. Eight is an exceptional work by a superb artist who handles words like great painters handle their best paint brushes. So buy a copy before the film comes out and find out for yourself what the secret of The Eight is all about. Overall, Denaker's performance and the story's twist at the end make it worthwhile. Anyone who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code should enjoy The Eight, and it is a better book, in my opinion. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine--. Please try again. Just wish i could play chess. ", The Girl from Oto (The Miramonde Series Book 1), The Jack Noble Series: Books 1-3 (The Jack Noble Series Box Set), The Last Nazi: a WW2 spy conspiracy thriller (A Joe Johnson Thriller, Book 1). It follows Cat Velis, a computer expert in the 70s who, as punishment for not getting involved in something underhanded at work, gets put on an assignment to Algeria. Does this book contain inappropriate content? The first was over 25 years ago and with age I have appreciated it even more! In the 20th century, Catherine Velis is a computer expert with a flair for music, painting, and chess who, on her way to Algeria at the behest of the accounting firm where she is employed, is invited to take a mysterious moonlighting assignment: recover the pieces of an old chess set missing for centuries. Inspiring novel. Katherine Neville, The Eight (Ballantine, 1988). One of my all time favorite novels. I was told by several people whose books tastes I generally respect that I would love this book - sadly, that wasn't the case. I read it a long time ago, but it really is a great book. I highly recommend this book. Stacey just broke up with her boyfriend, but a new guy is stalking her. I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. meet a lot of characters, buy into the story & just enjoy the story. Please don't mind me. I recommend this book. I dug up my copy when I moved to NYC 2 years ago and had been curious to pick it up again since then - partly because I had vague recollections of a couple of hot sex scenes, but largely because over a decade after I originally read it, there was a complete cultural explosion centering around another book featuring ancient secrets playing out amid high-paced modern day intrigue, namely The Da Vinci Cod. In a way, all the similar books that have come after (Dan Brown, Kostova's The Historian) are following in Neville's footsteps. The story moves between modern New York, 18th Century Paris, London, Corsica and Tunisia at a fair old pace. To pass the time I picked up this book I'd never seen from a box of books none of which I'd ever read and none of which I remember buying. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2020. This intriguing and complex first novel, while offering historical insights and interesting introductory quotations, calls occasionally for the suspension of credulity. Facts that glisten like diamonds and rubies across the centuries. I took an English Literature class in which I was taught that the writer Charles Dickens was paid by the word. Before she leaves she attends a New Year's party, where she meets a fortune teller who gives her a cryptic riddle involving her date of birth and "the eight". The mystery of ancient chess pieces that hold a terrible secret affecting the lives of people across time and place. However, I'm giving it this rating because I still remember back more than two decades to my first. The only book in the last 4 years I had to renew. I think Neville chose the name "The Eight," because there are roughly eight sentences per chapter that don't contain a forced, awkward similie. Wish this had been made into a movie. Serious readers of historical fiction should miss this book. The story is well done, though characters could have been pared more carefully for the abridgment. Please try again. Katherine Neville Synopsis: In The Eight by Katherine Neville, computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. This tale commences in France in the 1700’s to New York in the 1970’s. Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2015. Alternating with her story are the present-day efforts of a U.S. computer expert and a Russian chess master to assemble the set and solve its mystery. Jack Bauer. Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2016. I put it off for months, pondering how to approach something so big in the 300 words I use for reviews. The heroes are all women - and very lively ones at that. Cant think why a film was never made. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 5, 2020. There's a problem loading this menu right now. I have probably read it at least ten times and several sections more than that. Da Vinci Code has nothing on this book. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Now the word "thriller" can be deemed to include slow moving, overly convoluted stories that wander from point to point with little actual plot covered! This. As the story shuttles between the 1970s and the 1790s, we are introduced to 64 characters, including Mireille, a spunky French nun who helps scatter the individual chess pieces across Europe lest the set fall into evil hands. Please try your request again later. Thus, he became famous for his lengthy characterization and setting style of writing. The explanation of how numbers and mathematics play such an integral part of our lives was surprisingly interesting. Start by marking “The Eight (The Eight #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. However, the chess service which contains the formula of eternal life was given by the moors to Charlemagne 1000 years previously. Wow! If you can get caught. "Jason Bourne. I found it tiresome, hard to follow, and the writing was almost impossible to slog through in several places. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward. The author Katherine Neville, apparently has an insatiable appetite for research because this novel is full of very complicated and varied information … I didn't want it to end. This book had such a great plot, but it was just so badly executed. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I recommend this book. The interweaving of fact and fiction is skillfully done. This is one of my all time faves too. Please try again. Then an antiques dealer approaches Cat with a mysterious offer: He has an anonymous client who is trying to collect the pieces of an ancient chess service, purported to be in Algeria. Something went wrong. Catherine Velis, a computer expert banished to Algeria by her accounting firm, gets caught up in a search for a legendary chess set once owned by Charlemagne. Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2017. Anyone who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code should enjoy The Eight, and it is a better book, in my opinion. Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2019. It follows Cat Velis, a computer expert in the 70s who, as punishment for not getting involved in something underhanded at work, gets put on an assignment to Algeria. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published this book will remain a treasure for me in my library forever. Two people--a young French woman in the 1790s and an American computer whiz in the early 1970s--find themselves in desperate chases across several countries for the pieces, which hold an ancient secret. I put it off for months, pondering how to approach something so big in the 300 words I use for reviews. FLASH! Its still fun to re-read as the 1st time. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.