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The Eight: A Novel

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Written By: Katherine Neville

Narrated By: Susan Denaker

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2007

Duration: 25 hours 50 minutes


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 Rémy 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....

From the Compact Disc edition.


  • Suzanne Saunders

    Good but was very disappointed to find it was an abridged version.

  • Anonymous

    Enjoyed the book, although in listening to it, it was sometimes hard to follow, with the story bouncing back and forth between past and present. I am sure it would have read better.

Eight: A Novel

by Katherine Neville

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Eight: A Novel, Katherine Neville