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Katherine Neville's debut novel is a postmodern thriller set in 1972 ... and 1790. In the 20th century, Catherine Velis is a computer expert with a flair for music, painting, and chess who, on her way to Algeria at the behest of the accounting firm where she is employed, is invited to take a mysterious moonlighting assignment: recover the pieces of an old chess set missing for centuries.
In the midst of the French Revolution, a young novice discovers that her abbey is the hiding place of a chess set, once owned by the great Charlemagne, which allows those who play it to tap into incredible powers beyond the imagination. She eventually comes into contact with the major historical figures of the day, from Robespierre to Napoleon, each of whom has an agenda.
The Eight is a non-stop ride that recalls the swashbuckling adventures of Indiana Jones as well as the historical puzzles of Umberto Eco which, since its first publication in 1988, has gone on to acquire a substantial cult following.
In this "astonishing fantasy-adventure," Catherine Velis, a computer expert banished to Algeria by her accounting firm, gets caught up in a search for a legendary chess set once owned by Charlemagne. "A thoroughly accomplished first novel," praised PW , "daring, original and moving, it seems destined to become a cult classic."
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This novel was interesting and perplexing, thought inducing and chill seeking. The different areas that Neville worked into the story were fantastic. Read morePublished 38 minutes ago by Pure Jonel
A fascinating book I just re-read again and always find new dimensions to the story. Exciting, full of surprises and plot twists. One of the most original stories I have read.Published 11 days ago by Rachel
One of the best plots, ever written. I have read this book 4 times and now I've purchased it, so I will continue reading until it crumbles lol. So many layers and intrigue. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Neville manages to combine 3 different periods in history into one fast paced and exciting story! And even better, she manages to weave in actual historic figures as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Blankenship
Katherine Neville is one of those people that does everything well. She’s been a model, a computer wiz, a photographer, and she’s also an impressive author. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SeattleBookMama
This is one of the best books that I have read in years. The plot is detailed, intricate and flows between the 18th and 20th centuries effortlessly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
You will have to pay attention to keep up with the multitude of characters and timelines, and it is quite a lengthy book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl M-M
The Eight by Katherine Neville starts in France in 1790. Valentine and Mireielle are novices are Montglane Abbey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kris Anderson - The Avid Reader
I loved this book! It was really hard for me to even put down. I have recommended it to several people and they have all told me they loved it as well! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica Waggoner