Me gusta el ajedrez me gustan los misteros me encanta El ocho.Es indispensable entrar a fondo en la trama ya que hay momentos que no son precisamente f ciles de seguir, pero a poco que te impliques y acompa es de la mano a lo personajes a lo largo de las dos historias, conseguir s que esas piezas de ajedrez tan especiales tambi n te atrapen captando toda tu atenci n.Un 8 sobre 10 para El Ocho Jaque mate. I was told by several people whose books tastes I generally respect that I would love this book sadly, that wasn t the case I found it tiresome, hard to follow, and the writing was almost impossible to slog through in several places The characters were never fully developed, I never got invested in any of the characters, and I found the book too plot driven to an irritating degree with too many historical elements dropped in almost like name dropping in order to tie the events to historical situations.The only part of the book that I found remotely interesting and attention holding was the very first chapter It s a book that has reached something like cult status, but I found the plot hard to follow, lots of twists and turns that only confused me, and a very unsatisfying ending I finished it only because I hate to leave a book unfinished if I ve committed to reading it.It just doesn t live up to its hype for me. Free Pdf ♅ The Eight ♉ 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 YearsIn The South Of France In 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 Sinceramente, me ha encantado FLASH Definition of the word thriller changes Now the word thriller can be deemed to include slow moving, overly convoluted stories that wander from point to point with little actual plot development or indeed plot involvment Yes we have another story here in the vein of The Da Vinci Code I have been informed that this book was written in 88 I had originally said it was apparently inspired by said Da Vinci Code My error That said, it doesn t make the book any better Taking place in both the past and the future with countless number based clues, cues and proofs That s right the number..8 FIGURES HEAVILY in the story, duh,duh,duh.Beginning back in the time of Charlemagne or does it go further backour story revolves around an ornate chess set that is imbued or possibly endowed with some great and possibly evil power.Soa cunning abbess In order to break up the threat sends off some nuns each of them carrying a single piece of the chess set, well except she also sends two novices off who haven t taken their vows yet They go to the big city and become nude models an interesting career choice, you know for would be nuns.Anyway we are also tracking things in the present as powers seek to find said chess set.So with all this, plots, counter plots, conspiracies going on, how can this be one of the most boring, slow moving, stultifying books I ve picked up in weeks I don t know But it manages.Can t recommend this one. Katherine Neville, The Eight Ballantine, 1988 This novel has achieved almost cult status in some circles, and many people consider it one of the best adventure novels ever written It s a useful way to separate folks you know into two categories those who are interested in plot, and those who are interested in writing.The plot is pretty darn good, when it comes right down to it The novel takes place in two parallel times, the first being 1972 and the second the years during and after the French Revolution Both plot lines center around the search for a mystical chess set and attempts to discover the human counterparts to various pieces the hero and villain in each time line are the Black and White Queens, respectively very nice little twist, that The board, once complete, will supposedly impart unlimited power to he who possesses it, and thus leaders from Marat and Catherine the Great to Muammar Khaddafi run throughout the book, looking to get their hands on it The pace is quick, the action almost nonstop the present day time line is quicker paced and much compelling, but the past ain t all that bad.The writing, on the other hand, is almost painful in places Neville descends in to the realm of clich at least once per chapter, at times than once per page Clumsy attempts at foreshadowing you know the type but I never thought, when I woke up in the morning, that this day would change my life forever are commonplace here than in a whole shelf of novels by Bulwer Lytton It s possible that Ms Neville took the nineteenth century definition of romance novel a tad too seriously for being a twentieth century writer And this is certainly an unique experience in that regard a classic nineteenth century romance novel written, all too often, like a Harlequin circa 1985.All in all, it is a fun little book requiring great suspension of disbelief I d have given it another star if part of my suspension of disbelief didn t have to be in the author s writing ability. The two recent books that most closely resemble The Eight are The Da Vinci Code and Kate Mosse s The Labyrinth, but I found The Eight a enjoyable read than either of them The novel is utterly audacious in its ab use of historical characters, completely, joyfully implausible in its plotting, and I m not certain whether the language of Romantic page turners the author makes frequent use of dear reader, little did I know that in two hours time I would be running for my life trying to escape a KGB killer is ironic or not However, I found the book hugely enjoyable as it is I don t know anything about chess, the basic conceit of the book, but any novel in which Jean Jacques Rousseau figures as one of the bad guys, J.S Bach as one of the good guys, and female solidarity is an important theme has a good chance of winning my heart. Iskreno, ne znam koju bih ocenu dao sad da je pro itam al te godine, kada mi je dopala aka, knjiga me je toliko raspametila tako da sam joj se vra ao jo dva puta Pa stoga pet zvezdica.Za Ketrin Nevil mo emo slobodno re i da je prete a Den Brauna, a njena pri a o tajanstvenoj ahovskoj garnituri Karla Velikog zaista je bila iskustvo kojeg se jo uvek se am.
4 stars to Katherine Neville s The Eight I stumbled upon this one by hearing about book 2 s release and had to start first from the beginning I m so glad I did.Characters are well developed Plot is intricate Suspense is on target Story telling and narration are rich I want a third book in the series It s all about a chess match In theory But in reality Russian history Clever moves and alliances Family connections Politics Strong motivation Good, thought provoking suspense. This book was the first of its kind a historical thriller whodunnit magical story that was published in 1988 In a way, all the similar books that have come after Dan Brown, Kostova s The Historian are following in Neville s footsteps If you read it now, it may seem flat in comparison with these later works, which have taken a genre that in many ways Neville created and taken it to new levels However, I m giving it this rating because I still remember back than two decades to my first encounter with the book and the sleepless nights that followed as I rushed to finish it