The Eight

The Eight

A Novel

Book - 1997
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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 Remy and her cousin Valentine are young novices at the fortresslike 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. . . .
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1997, c1988.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed.
ISBN: 9780345419088
0345419081
Branch Call Number: FICTION Neville Katherin
Characteristics: 598 p. ;,21 cm.

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WhidbeyIslander
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.

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ebgrivas
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.

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khanehdiangurl
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.

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Daphne57
Nov 15, 2008

Absolutely fantastic

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