The Eight by Katherine Neville

68%

5 Critic Reviews

If certain twists make little sense, it seldom matters, because the novel is that riveting. It is certainly not without its flaws, however. While the prose is incredibly witty, with subtle sarcasm...it, too, is far from perfect.
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Synopsis

A fantasy novel from the author of A CALCULATED RISK. The secret of the Eight is a puzzle whose solution has challenged the most brilliant minds known to humanity. Catherine Velis is manipulated into using her unrivalled problem-solving skills to find and reassemble to legendary chess set.
 

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Published December 27, 1988 by Ballantine Books. 550 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Eight
All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Above average

Its combination of historical references, conspiracy theory and action/thriller format have earned it cult status over the years...

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Examiner

Above average
on May 14 2009

Chess becomes an allegory for the dangerous game played between characters as one modern career girl hunts for the missing chess pieces in 1972, while in 1790 a young nun finds herself crossing paths with Napoleon...

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Suite 101

Above average
on Jun 15 2009

Interweaving two complex storylines that are set centuries apart, The Eight seemingly effortlessly draws the reader in its word of intrigue, danger and mystery, at the same time borrowing elements from mathematics, philosophy...

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People

Above average
on Apr 10 1989

Yet it is her dalliance with a Soviet chess master and her mathematician's flair for the codes and cryptograms buried within the book's pages that give this entertaining novel its wittiest and most anchored moments...

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Above average
on Jan 07 2010

If certain twists make little sense, it seldom matters, because the novel is that riveting. It is certainly not without its flaws, however. While the prose is incredibly witty, with subtle sarcasm...it, too, is far from perfect.

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