Now the electrifying global adventure continues in this long anticipated sequel, The Fire
Colorado, 2003: Alexandra Solarin is summoned home to her family's ancestral Rocky Mountain hideaway for her mother's birthday. Thirty years ago, her parents, Cat Velis and Alexander Solarin, believed that they had scattered the pieces of the Montglane Service around the world, burying with them the secrets of the power that comes with possessing it. But Alexandra arrives to find that her mother is missing and that a series of strategically placed clues, followed swiftly by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious assortment of houseguests, indicates that something sinister is afoot.
When she inadvertently discovers from her aunt, the chess grandmaster Lily Rad, that the most powerful piece of Charlemagne's service has suddenly resurfaced and the Game has begun again, Alexandra is swept into a journey that takes her from Colorado to the Russian wilderness and at last into the heart of her own hometown: Washington, D.C.
Albania, 1822: 30 years after the French Revolution, when the chess service was unearthed, all of Europe hovers on the brink of the War of Greek Independence. Ali Pasha, the most powerful ruler in the Ottoman Empire, has angered the sultan and is about to be attacked by Turkish forces. Now he sends the only person he can rely upon, his young daughter Haidee, on a dangerous mission to smuggle a valuable relic out of Albania, through the mountains and over the sea, to the hands of the one man who might be able to save it.
And there's more to the story! Don't miss the first book, The Eight.
©2008 Katherine Neville; (P)2008 Books on Tape
"A big, rich, two-tiered confection of a novel....a rousing, amusing game." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"A fascinating piece of entertainment . . . few will find it resistible." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
The Eight was a fantastic read and it must have been tough to create the logical completion of the story but Katherine Neville did it skillfully. If you intend to read this you must read The Eight first as much of the material in The Fire is best understood after reading The Eight. I thought Susan Denaker did a good job of reading the book, maybe some of her accents weren't perfect but you can tell who's speaking and still keep your mind on your driving. Audible needs to fix part 3 as one chapter is repeated back to back.
My wife and I also had read Neville's novel "The Eight" and were looking forward to her latest work. What a disappointment.
The previous reviewer is spot on. The story is confusing with a lot of loose ends never tied up. For a mystery/thriller, the literary technique is rather amateurish, inventing solutions to some problems which the reader could not possibly have guessed or deduced.
A great deal of time is spent developing the historical framework, but it is hardly significant as presented and could have been done much better.
Don't waste you time...
A good director can salvage a weak script and a good narrator can do the same for a marginal book.This is a mystery/thriller, but it is read as though it's a bedtime story being read to children! I found it so annoying that it detracted from the story. I'll have to read the book!
Twenty years later, Neville finally wrote a sequel to her bestseller "The Eight". While it is not as well written as the first nor as extensive, it is still an enjoyable listen on a rainy day. The story gets a bit lost here and there and one is not really sure just what the game is about, but oddly, that does present a pleasant listen as you try to figure out just where it is trying to go along with some pleasing characters.
The narrator is the same as the one who performed "The Eight" and she does a very good job with what she has to work with.
I thought perhaps the unfavorable reviews may have been a little harsh, but alas they weren't. This book isn't well written or well read. The ending disappointed and I wanted to strangle Alexandria throughout the entire book with her OTT thoughts and reactions.
Although The Eight was not earth shattering fiction I enjoyed it and was really looking forward to listening to the sequel. It is almost unbelievable how poorly written, disjointed and ridiculously repetitive this book is, I was amazed at how many times the main character got a light bulb revelation on the meaning of events that the author neglected to share with the reader (e.g. "All of a sudden it all made perfect sense" , on to next topic...). What probably irritated me the most were lines like "didn't she know lives were at stake here" that were constantly bantered around with absolutely no evidence before or after of any imminent threat or adversary. Hands down this is the worst book I've listened to...
As a devout fan of The Eight and having both read it (more than once) and had the pleasure of listening to it, I was hopeful that The Fire would be an equally matched, if not better prequel. I found it to be disjointed, confusing and that it lacked a state of fluidity to the storyline itself. You do jump back and forth, between present day and past, as you did in The Eight, but in the end, it left more questions than it brought answers to both the story as well as to understanding the end game itself. I will openly admit that when I reached the end of the audio book, I did say out loud "that's it?!" The narration made this enjoyable for me and it was just as pleasurable to listen as The Eight was. The narrator is lovely to listen to and I feel that if it weren't for her talent of setting a nice rhythm to the story, as well as developing each character, as the listener, it may had been more confusing to follow and grasp the story itself. Distinction is everything. Perhaps the vacant end could be there is another novel in the future and The Fire was to bridge a gap? Time may tell? I'm happy I listened to it and I didn't listen to other reviews. I will definitely listen to it again and give it another chance. I do hope that anyone reading this, who is a fan of the predecessor, will give it a chance as well. Perhaps the second listen will bring a different level of understanding to the story. However, I do hope this isn't the end.
I loved the first book this book was nothing like that book. For the first time in as many years as I've been listening to audible, I wanted to buy the abridged version. This book was jam packed with so many details you get lost you don't know what's important and what's not important and most of it seemed like it was not important. As other reviewers have said there are a lot of plot lines that are not resolved. There was barely any excitement and the ending was flat. Try the abridged version!
Like its predecessor, The Eight, the heroine is in pursuit of magical mystery. Unlike The Eight, it's narration of historical events is more tedious to me - probably not the author's fault, but my own since I know only a bit of middle east and African history. So I did spend some time looking up the history to get a better understanding. But not that you have to, that's just a path I travel for an historical novel.
My only complaint is the narrator. Her voice was much too mature for Alexandra who is suppose to be 22. She sounds 52. Denaker does a nice job with the other characters. That said, I frequently felt her performance to be forced, as if the story bored her and Alexandra as well.
This book needs to be re-recorded with a differnet narator..I would suggest Tim Curry, or Neil G. The best I've come across so far.
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