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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380720191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380720194
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Twin Peaks co-creator's first novel confronts Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a mystery involving black magic and Satanic manifestations.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Since the author wrote for Hill Street Blues , the acclaimed television series of the 1980s, and cocreated the popular Twin Peaks with David Lynch, it comes as no surprise that this first novel is particularly well suited to dramatization. Young Arthur Conan Doyle battles a group of influential and highly placed Satanists with the help of Jack Sparks, a strong, intelligent, and resourceful agent of Her Majesty who later becomes Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. The pair's numerous hairsbreadth escapes provide for an achingly suspenseful listening experience. The novel's excessive plot is actually enhanced by the abridgment, which removes some of the book's more unnecessarily lurid passages. Also, the printed version's ludicrous, hyperbolic treatment of the "revelatory" finale--hidden beneath a flap on the book's back cover--is (thankfully) impossible to reproduce in a recording. Reader Rene Auberjonois deftly handles the wide array of character voices. Recommended for all popular collections.
- Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Colin P. Lindsey VINE VOICE on October 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
There are books that are OK, books you like, books you love, and then there a another whole class of very special uber-books that you flat-out enjoy, devour every page, and feel devastated when they are finished. The List of Seven is one of the latter types of books and I whole-heartedly recommend it to others. It gets a six star review from me. Set in Victorian England this book has everything a rollicking good adventure yarn should. Follow a young Arthur Conan Doyle as he gets swept up into a grand adventure with secret agent Jack as they race desperately around the country trying to foil a devilish plot against the crown. Murder, magic, mayhem, zombies, the occult, recidivist arch-nemeses, crazed aristocrats, beautiful girls, reformed second-story men, the British Museum....this is one crackerjack of a novel that will leave you panting for more.

This book features AC when he is still a struggling doctor and before he has penned the Sherlock Holmes stories. Indeed, as you read, you begin to see that the future Sherlock Holmes is built upon AC's experiences with his secret agent friend Jack, who himself is the model for Holmes. This is one of the most inventive, enjoyable and wonderful books I've read in recent years, a superior example of magic realism that thrills you to the last page. Make sure you don't miss the sequel, The 6 Messiahs.

The author, Mark Frost, apparently had a hand in the Twin Peaks series. Whether you enjoyed that series or not, don't miss out on this book. They are as much fun as you can have with a novel in my estimation. I am not sure why Mr. Frost has not written more novels but I surely wish he would.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Denny on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you haven't read Conan Doyle, you'll love this novel anyway. It's full of non-stop adventure, twists and turns, bigger than life characters, mysticism, and all out fun. If you HAVE read Conan Doyle, it's even more fun (if that's possible). Here Frost gives us the 'prototypes' for all the main characters that appear in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and it's a delight to recognize them in their other guises. For complete and total escapist fun, this is the book to take on vacation this, or any other, summer.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erik S. Tavares on February 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you have any interest in victorian adventure...heck, in ANY kind of adventure that involves breakneck chases, dastardly fiends, undead warriors, suspenseful escapes, a plot to conquer the world AND a pit filled with giant leeches...well, you can't go wrong!
It has been many years since I was so addicted to the book I could NOT put it down until I raced through it. My wife mocked me to no end, but if I could write half as good as this guy I'd be a happy fella. The only reason why it's not 5 stars is that the action does get a little absurd, written with broad strokes as if meant to be translated into a screenplay, and inadvertantly jostles the reader back into reality. But the rest is so pervasive it's hard to stay away for long.
Again, if you're not sure to purchase this or not--DO IT!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James R. Gilligan VINE VOICE on April 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm not exactly sure why I didn't enjoy this novel as much as I hoped I would, but I do know that I was rather disappointed. Back in 1993, when this novel was published, I remember tremendous hype surrounding it--written by one of the co-creators of Twin Peaks (one of the best television shows ever made, in my humble opinion), The List of 7 was all the rage. It seemed as though everyone was reading it and loving it. Perhaps other novels in the same genre (for example, The Da Vinci Code) have eclipsed the standard set by The List of 7, but this book, which one reviewer described as having "Spielbergian energy," just never seemed to really soar for me. In a nutshell, this novel tells the story of Arthur Conan Doyle (yes, the creator of Sherlock Holmes) and his dashing companion, Jack Sparks, as they investigate an occult conspiracy that aims to restore Satan to corporeal existence. A menagerie of ghoulish elements--animated corpses, mummies, Egyptian artifacts, wolves, séances, psychics, and even Bram Stoker himself--appear randomly throughout the story, but nothing ever seems to really come together. The plot--which propels this novel--is a fairly loose conglomeration of set pieces that hint at a profound global conspiracy, but the whole thing really just falls flat. To frustrate matters even further, I was forced to read this in a mass-market paperback edition. Yuck.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. James Riggs on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
1. Because even though this is a "sleeper" book it's right up there with the Da Vinci Code in terms of not being able to put it down. Except for one thing...it's a much better written book.

2. Because you can read it once a year and still feel the same sense of "the game is afoot" adventurous pleasure. I've read it about 6 times since I bought it years ago (in the bargain bin no less).

3. Because Mark Frost weaves a supernatural thriller, "Sherlock Holmes meets the mummy" kind of tale that keeps you hooked from page one. The characters and emotions are strong, the action and occult mystery keeps you on edge and you can't help but stay up at night turning pages (nestled in that huge cozy high-backed leather armchair next to a crackling fire in the library whilst sipping a snifter of brandy wearing a velvet robe); it's the kind of book I love to read. In the right hands this book could be a fantastic movie and a good bet for blockbuster success (I think Universal bought the rights in 1997 but so far it's never been green-lit).

4. Because at 7.99 it's a steal. I'd get the hardcover edition if you can though, because it belongs in your permanent library.

5. Because if you read most of these reviews you'll see that I'm not the only one who feels this way about this book (fifty 5 star reviews at the time I wrote this).
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