The Eight

The Eight

A Novel

Book - 1989
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Computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. Before she goes, a mysterious fortune teller warns her of danger, and an antique dealer asks her to search for pieces to a valuable chess set that has been missing for years...In the South of France in 1790 two convent girls hide valuable pieces of a chess set all over the world, because the game that can be played with them is too powerful....
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1989, c1988
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345351371
Branch Call Number: Neville, K
Characteristics: 550 p. ; 24 cm


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The search for a fabulous, gold-and-silver, bejeweled chess set that once belonged to Charlemagne and buried for a thousand years...

"The Eight," by Katherine Neville, is part historical fiction, part conspiracy theory, and part action-thriller. This gripping page-turner follows the search for a legendary chess set once owned by Charlemagne. This is an adventure novel of great fun!

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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.

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.

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.

Nov 15, 2008

Absolutely fantastic


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