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The List of 7by Mark Frost
Synopses & Reviews
As the city of London slumbers, there are those in its midst who conspire to rule the world through the darkest and most nefarious means. These seven, seated in positions of extraordinary power and influence, marshal forces from the far side to aid them in their fiendish endeavor.
Force of One
In the aftermath of a bloody séance and a terrifying supernatural contact, a courageous young doctor finds himself drawn into a malevolent conspiracy beyond human comprehension.
All or Nothing
The future is not safe, as a thousand-year reign of pure evil is about to begin, unless a small group of stalwart champions can unravel the unspeakable mysteries behind a crime far more terrible than murder.
"Occult forces of evil gather in Victorian England to scheme for world dominion in this lively but unconvincing period thriller by "Twin Peaks" co-creator Frost. The novel opens in London of 1884, where protagonist Arthur Conan Doyle, a moderately successful young doctor, unpublished author and part-time student of the supernatural, attends a seance at the request of an anonymous lady in distress. When the evening erupts into gruesome violence and murder, Doyle finds himself on the run, engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a cadre of ruthless satanists bent on incarnating the spirit of evil. He finds an ally in the mysterious, resourceful and supremely capable Jack Sparks, on secret assignment to the Queen. Sparks's own brother is the mastermind of the Dark Brotherhood they oppose, and his character will, much later, supply Doyle with the inspiration for his Sherlock Holmes. Despite the appreciable wit and inventive flourishes with which Frost invests his tale, there is too much in this fast-paced plot that simply does not make sense. Frost creates mystery through an unseemly vagueness of description, perhaps awaiting the special effects of the screen to flesh out elements of his narrative. In the novel, however, his characters never become more than clever conceits, and the prevailing attitude toward the spiritualism at its center is frustratingly wishy-washy. The much-ballyhooed shocker ending seems a tepid afterthought." Publisher's Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"With enough twists and last-minute escapes to make it thrillingly palatable, The List of 7 seems a sure bet to climb the best- seller lists." Library Journal
"A spooky page-turner...barrels through Victorian England with the narrative drive of a runaway train." People
"[E]xhilarating, exuberantly melodramatic....Unabashedly corny, and lifting ideas from a dozen sources...but a jolly good adventure yarn for that." Kirkus Reviews
"A ripping good tale. It effervesces like champagne." Washington Post Book World
"Dark and compelling entertainment...an irresistible page turner." Clive Barker
About the Author
Mark Frost was the co-creator and executive producer of the cult classic television series, Twin Peaks, and is the author of several books including the bestseller, The Greatest Game Ever Played. He attended school in Pittsburgh, where he studied acting, directing, and playwriting before leaving to begin his impressive career in television, film, and literature. He received a Writer's Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work as executive story editor on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues. He lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York.
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