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The Eighth Day [Kindle Edition]

Tom Avitabile
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A chemical engineer sets in motion a horrendous explosion killing hundreds of commuters and himself.

Hollywood’s hottest sex symbol assassinates a sitting senator.

A grandmother stages a sophisticated attack on a train causing massive damage.

An airplane full of Silicon Valley’s brightest is blown up while refueling.

A series of deadly, unrelated events or the unlikely start of an insidious new terror network?

As Science Advisor to the President, William “Wild Bill” Hiccock is tasked with assembling a team to identify and stop the threat, whether homegrown or foreign. His team – a retired Navy admiral, a wise-guy computer hacker sprung from federal prison, and his ex-wife, a leading behavioral psychologist – must identify and destroy their elusive adversary who always seems to be a step ahead.



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About the Author

TOM AVITABILE, a Senior VP/Creative Director at a New York advertising firm, is a writer, director, and producer with numerous film and television credits. He has an extensive background in engineering and computers, including work on projects for the House Committee on Science and Technology, which helped lay the foundation for THE EIGHTH DAY, his first novel. In his spare time, Tom is a professional musician and an amateur woodworker. He recently completed his third novel in the William “Wild Bill” Hiccock, Quarterback Operations Group series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 955 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Studio Books (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A2SR1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than a Thriller April 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a female and first-time reader of a thriller, I was absolutely mesmerized and could not put down The Eighth Day. Not only was the story riveting but Tom Avitabile's research and knowledge of computers, bombs, mathematics, and the various branches of the military contributed to the realism of this well-crafted novel. These details are real and, therefore, informative and educational to the reader. Since this book's narrative language is not formal or technical, it allows for easy reading. Tom Avitabile also lets us into the main character's background, inner thoughts, and tender feelings. I did not want the book to end. I wanted to know more about Hiccock, the main character, and his ex-wife, Janice. I know the book is a thriller but Tom Avitabile made me care about them. I look forward to reading his next book and hope Hiccock and his ex-wife are in it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, fascinating page turner. April 23, 2012
Format:Paperback
I found Tom's book a very interesting read. I am trying to find other words besides the cliches that always come to mind like page turner, thriller, cant put it down, but I am a reader not a writer so I must resort to what I feel. I was really magnetized to this story. Tom really knows how to draw you in with the logic of his story line and then throws a left hook that makes you just keep rolling the events you just read over and over in your head - "yeah, but why did she..." "right, but how did he...". I enjoyed The Eighth Day immensely, and recommend it to anyone who likes to think while they read. That might sound nonsensical, but this book is not PAP. It is an interesting story that makes you think, because it makes sense - even the horrible things that happen, you say wow yeah that could happen, and THAT is what keeps you riveted to it.

Thanks Tom - gimme more!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A can't put it down novel from a new author October 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read a LOT of independent authors thanks to the Kindle and occasionally stumble across someone who turns out work that is as good, or better, than any thing being published by the so called bestsellers. This is one of them!

Unfortunately, the description given for the book makes it sound like it would be very disjointed - it is not. It's a fast paced, tightly written thriller that will keep you reading long into the night. The plot lines are concise, the writing first class and the pacing is absolutely perfect.

I don't know why more people haven't commented on this author but at the moment, he is an undiscovered gem. Don't miss this one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Real it's SCARY April 17, 2012
By David J
Format:Kindle Edition
The Eighth Day artfully weaves together a terrorist manhunt, the latest technology, presidential politics and the personal family dynamic of the main character into a thrilling narrative that keeps you guessing and more importantly provides a serious warning of what is possible today with the means and motive to prey on the unexpecting masses. It reads very theatrically, so it was very easy to imagine the visual images and colorful characters that construct this new take on the politcal thriller/crime novel.

I highly recommend picking it up. It is a quick read, but it will stay in your head long after the last page.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE EIGHTH DAY by MR. TOM AVITABILE December 6, 2013
By ZiZi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
OMG! What a book! I enjoyed Mr.Avitabile's previous book and I was eagerly looking forward to this author second book THE EIGHTH DAY. This book plunges right in with a terrific opening, essential for this kind of thriller. The characters are well developed, very believable, it is a deftly executed page turner full of cliff hangers I was very impressed by the quality of Mr.Avitabile's writing! Please buy this author's books,you will not regret it! I was sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the entire saga!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The eighth day October 8, 2012
By linda
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Too many characters and very complicated plot. Not an easy book to read at the end of a long day. I had to reread some pages as I was not sure if I had understood everything or not.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By SeeJay
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book wasn't one I continued reading....after the 4th bizarre castrophe ...all unrelated to any of the previous scenarios...I stopped reading. I agree with another reviewer that without some thread to at least seemingly tie one or two together, it felt as if the author was making up and jotting down these castrophies weeks apart and not knowing how make a story about them. There are just too many great thrillers out there for me to waste anymore time reading something I didn't particularly like so I stopped reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Read February 15, 2013
By Rick B.
Format:Paperback
Just finished the book. All-in-all, a good read. I completely agree that the author spent too much time "down in the weeds" with the technica. It's better to make the declaration and let the reader go look it up if they believe the statement is not true. There were several instances of just plain blowing it factually, and unbelievable premises in the book. first example, a "25 caliber revolver" taped under a table. The only 25 caliber cartridge for a revolver would have been the .25 stevens (1897). The only current 25 cal. cartridge is the .25ACP, which is used in an autoloading pistol. That cartridge is incredibly weak, and I could say that no-one who intended to assasinate someone would think of using a gun in that caliber. A .380 (James Bond's gun for the first several films) would be about the minimum. That's just the first of a book strewn with little boo-boos like that.

The most difficult thing to swallow, was the President of the U.S. galavanting around in Marine One, actively participating in the finnally. Maybe if Janice was his daughter or something, but come-on, really? I couldn't even imagine George Bush the cowboy taking an active roll in something like that. It just doesn't work.

A couple of plot elements seemed familiar to me.

i, Robot: Computer becomes self aware and wants to control us for our own good, or not.
Independence Day: Press Secretary and hero are divoced, but obviously love each other.
Halloween III, or some other number: Kids are hipnotized by flashing subliminal messages embedded in halloween mask company's television commercials, and programmed to kill the adults. Just say'in.

I give it 3/5. Certainly good enough to keep you interested, although it was very disjointed in the beginning. It took about 60 pages to get the hook sunk in, and that's about my limit.

I certainly couldn't have written a better story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great riveting read
I absolutely read this beginning to end and was up all night! Great riveting read!
Published 1 day ago by nancyjane
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely was a huge lesson in computers, politics, and science!!!!!!
I felt like I was a 5 yr old trying to follow the twists and turns....I'm ashamed to say!!!! There were so many twists and so many subplots introduced at each chapter that I could... Read more
Published 4 days ago by tess devin
3.0 out of 5 stars The Eighth Day, a worthy read
The Eighth Day, about a web of terrorism, politics, and technology is a worthwhile read. Reading at times was slow going as to the in-depth, twisted plots. Read more
Published 10 days ago by peppermint
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifically Scary
Loved it. The premise is scary because it could actually happen. The characters were great. II'm looking forward to reading another Tom Avitable novel.
Published 11 days ago by p.tater
5.0 out of 5 stars Scariest By The Throat Read Ever!!!
Started out as a good idea that caught my interest and I anticipated many enjoyable evenings casually pursuing the 'reveal' - HA!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elva Beacham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This is the first of Tom's book that I have read and can't wait to read the next two in the series having Bill Hiccock as the hero of the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Being a geek
I RRALLY enjoyed 8th Day. But, you can be totally tech challenged and still fins this a real page-Turner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James L. Van
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great read. Written at a level of understanding that both laymen and computer geeks will comprehend. Thank you for that.
Published 1 month ago by M. Fitzgerald
4.0 out of 5 stars The eighth day
Enjoyed the book, looking for more by same author. Recommend this to others who like doomsday scenarios and solutions. thanks
Published 1 month ago by sandra maile
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Story
This book is well written. The characters seem like real people. When you first get into this book it seems like a lot of stories of this type. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Bradley
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TOM AVITABILE, a Senior V.P./Creative Director at a New York advertising firm, is a writer, director, and producer with numerous film and television credits. He has an extensive background in engineering and computers, including work on projects for the House Committee on Science and Technology, which helped lay the foundation for The Eighth Day, his first novel. In his spare time, Tom is a professional musician and an amateur woodworker. He is currently at work on his third novel in the William "Wild Bill" Hiccock, Quarterback Operations Group series.

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