The Eight

The Eight

eBook - 2015
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The riveting #1 international bestselling novel about the quest across centuries by two intrepid women in different eras to reunite the pieces of a powerful, ancient chess set

A fabulous, bejeweled chess set that belonged to Charlemagne has been buried in a Pyrenees abbey for a thousand years. As the bloody French Revolution rages in Paris, the nuns dig it up and scatter its pieces across the globe because, when united, the set contains a secret power that could topple civilizations. To keep the set from falling into the wrong hands, two novices, Valentine and Mireille, embark on an adventure that begins in the streets of Paris and leads to Russia, Egypt, Corsica, and into the heart of the Algerian Sahara.

Two hundred years later, while on assignment in Algeria, computer expert Catherine Velis finds herself drawn unwillingly into the deadly "Game" still swirling around the legendary chess set--a game that will require her to risk her life and match wits with diabolical forces.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Neville including rare images from her life and travels.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller, 2015
ISBN: 9781504013673
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 09, 2017

Only read the first 60 pages. When I dreaded having to pick it up again I knew it was time to move on to something enjoyable.

Part historical fiction, part mysticism, part modern day suspense thriller - this tale follows the discovery and disappearance of the powerful Montglane Chess Service. The task of hiding and protecting the chess pieces from abuse falls upon the novices of Montglane Abby in the year 1790. In 1972, modern day computer expert Catherine Velis is hired to recover the valuable chess pieces and soon finds herself entangled in a global plot. An engrossing read for anyone who enjoyed the 'Da Vinci Code'

ehbooklover Sep 10, 2012

Wow. An unputdownable page-turner that I finished in just 3 days despite the 598 pages. This a fun "Indiana Jones"-like quest. The perfect read for a rainy weekend!

KenRobinson Jul 18, 2011

My opinion: a tedious, un-entertaining story, tediously and un-entertainingly told. It's hours of your life you'll never get back.

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ebgrivas
Dec 10, 2010

Though rich with historic detail, I think it would have benefited from tougher editing. There is a lot of repetition of metaphors and descriptions, particularly in romantic ones. But the plot gripped me to the end, and even got me to peak to the excerpt for the sequel, for which I'm considering looking.

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khanehdiangurl
Jul 27, 2010

This book is an old friend. Love it!

melissapowl May 01, 2009

At times I struggled with the number of characters, locations, plot twists, dates, etc. and felt it was a little convoluted. However, once things started to fall into place, it was quite satisfying. I learned an amazing amount of 'trivia' regarding the number 8--I had no idea of its significance in chess, science, the occult, nature, .... Although contrived, it was fun to imagine so many historical characters coming together and interacting. If you thought the DaVinci Code was the first of its kind, read The Eight and you'll believe otherwise.

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Daphne57
Nov 15, 2008

Absolutely fantastic

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