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The Eight: A Novel

by Katherine Neville

Random House Publishing Group | January 14, 1990 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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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....

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 624 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: January 14, 1990

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345366239

ISBN - 13: 9780345366238

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Eight: A Novel

The Eight: A Novel

by Katherine Neville

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 624 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: January 14, 1990

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345366239

ISBN - 13: 9780345366238

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THE DEFENSE Characters tend to be either for or against the quest. If they assist it, they are idealized as simply gallant or pure; if they obstruct it, they are characterized as simply villainous or cowardly. Hence every typical character . . . tends to have his moral opposite confronting him, like black and white pieces in a chess game. –Anatomy of Criticism, Northrop Frye Montglane Abbey, France Spring 1790 A FLOCK OF NUNS CROSSED THE ROAD, THEIR CRISP WIMPLES fluttering about their heads like the wings of large sea birds. As they floated through the large stone gates of the town, chickens and geese scurried out of their path, flapping and splashing through the mud puddles. The nuns moved through the darkening mist that enveloped the valley each morning and, in silent pairs, headed toward the sound of the deep bell that rang out from the hills above them. They called that spring le Printemps Sanglant, the Bloody Spring. The cherry trees had bloomed early that year, long before the snows had melted from the high mountain peaks. Their fragile branches bent down to earth with the weight of the wet red blossoms. Some said it was a good omen that they had bloomed so soon, a symbol of rebirth after the long and brutal winter. But then the cold rains had come and frozen the blossoms on the bough, leaving the valley buried thick in red blossoms stained with brown streaks of frost. Like a wound congealed with dried blood. And this was said to be another kind of sign. High abo
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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....

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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....

From Our Editors

When two young women in France of 1790 discover the Montglane Chess Service in Montglane Abbey, they recognize its mystic ability to provide anyone playing it with unlimited power and desperately scatter its pieces around the world. But in 1972, computer expert Catherine "Cat" Velis is hired to recover the chess pieces--and is caught up in a nefarious, globe-spanning conspiracy. Reissue.

Editorial Reviews

"Readers thrilled by The Da Vinci Code will relish the multi-layered secrets of The Eight."
-MATTHEW PEARL, author of The Dante Club

"A BIG, RICH, TWO-TIERED CONFECTION OF A NOVEL . . .
A ROUSING, AMUSING GAME."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"A fascinating piece of entertainment that manages to be both vibrant and cerebral . . . Few will find it resistible."
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

"With alchemical skill, Neville blends modern romance, historical fiction, and medieval mystery . . . and comes up with gold."
-People



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