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The Eight | [Katherine Neville]

The Eight

New York City, 1972: A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. 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. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.
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Publisher's Summary

New York City, 1972: A dabbler in mathematics and chess, Catherine Velis is also a computer expert for a Big Eight accounting firm. Before heading off to a new assignment in Algeria, Cat has her palm read by a fortune-teller. The woman warns Cat of danger. 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. If Cat can bring the pieces back, there will be a generous reward.

The south of France, 1790: Mireille de Rémy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortress-like Montglane Abbey. With France aflame in revolution, the two girls burn to rebel against constricted convent life - and their means of escape is at hand. Buried deep within the abbey are pieces of the Montglane Chess Service, once owned by Charlemagne. Whoever reassembles the pieces can play a game of unlimited power. But to keep the Game a secret from those who would abuse it, the two young women must scatter the pieces throughout the world.

And there's more to the story! Don't miss the sequel, The Fire.

©1988 Katherine Neville; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Even readers with no interest in chess will be swept up into this astonishing fantasy-adventure....destined to become a cult classic." (Publishers Weekly)

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    NIcole 03-03-13
    NIcole 03-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for Mystery and Complex Plot"
    Would you listen to The Eight again? Why?

    I would listen to The Eight again, probably to pick up on things that I did not get the first time. The plot is very complex and cross generational, so it does care concentration to really follow along. I would recommend this to someone who want to dig deep into a book. Not for someone that is just looking for entertainment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mireille is my favorite for her rich descriptions and bold actions. She seems some what fearless and so smart at the same time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, you need to take it is doses over time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny B South Jordan, Utah 01-17-13
    Jenny B South Jordan, Utah 01-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Thrilling Adventure!"

    I absolutely loved this book! Not only was it action packed, but the characters were well developed, and the structure was perfect. The plot was so creative and I love that it spanned both the globe and centuries. The use of historical figures and events was great! I'll be recommending this book to friends, for sure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle United States 04-30-15
    Rachelle United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging"

    Over all it was a wonderful mix of adventure, developing and evolving characters, and suspense.
    I enjoyed it very much.

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    Alina Shulga 04-16-15
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    "If you love history, skip this book."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody who is looking for romance and possibly thriller and not going to cringe every time some completely unrealistic twist comes on. Being of Eastern European origin with North African husband, there is so much under researched and unrealistic nonsence, that makes enjoying the book very difficult. Character are underdeveloped, plot is chaotic. Narrator actually did a good job with what she had.


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    sax music 02-23-15
    sax music 02-23-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Good story, but I think I should have read this."
    Would you try another book from Katherine Neville and/or Susan Denaker?

    It's a very good story, but I think that it would be better in print, rather than audio, not that the narrator was bad.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Katherine Neville? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I'd probably read it.


    What about Susan Denaker’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job, but as I said before, I think this story lends itsself to being read, rather than listened to.


    Do you think The Eight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 01-21-15
    Maria HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A captivating mystery book"

    I greatly enjoyed listening to the book. The plot line and pace kept me "glued" to the audible app for hours. Even though it may not be historically precise I did not mind hearing all the well known names from the 18-19th century. I like mysteries and historical fiction. This book has exceeded my expectations!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond J. Wright HOLLISTON, MA United States 01-10-15
    Raymond J. Wright HOLLISTON, MA United States 01-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfection!"

    I absolutely love this book. Katherine Neville has created a masterpiece of epic proportions: Action, humor, intrigue, politics, mystical mysteries, science, romance, historical re-imagining and one hell of a good ride. This may the best book I have ever read (and listened to)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 11-11-14
    George 11-11-14
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    What would have made The Eight better?

    A clear plan for the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another author.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Denaker’s performance?

    No terrible given what had to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eight?

    Half to two-thirds of the content.


    Any additional comments?

    Every popular historical figure that you can haul out? Really? Not a credit to the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 05-29-14
    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 05-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't Finish"

    Didn't Grab me, entertain. Maybe I'm getting picky but there is so much better out there and I'm not wasting anymore time on it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erika 06-05-08
    Erika 06-05-08
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    "Needs full attention while listening"

    There is quite a bit of suspense in this story, but the huge amount of characters need full attention. The overdone accents used in most of the reading make it doubly difficult to listen to and keep up with.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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