Douglas, December 27, 2008 (view all comments by Douglas)
The Eight is a Da Vinci Code-like thriller written years before Dan Brown's ubiquitous book was published. Like the Da Vinci code this novel is flawed, but in different ways. Brown's book was written to be read at lightning speed, so any suspension of disbelief or pause at badly-written prose was left in the dust of the read. Neville's book is more complex, more thoughtful, but the suspension of disbelief fails at several places. I found this book fun and readable, but also found myself mentally muttering, "No, I don't think so," many times through the reading.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A thoroughly accomplished first novel." Publishers Weekly
by Library Journal,
"This intriguing and complex first novel, while offering historical insights and interesting introductory quotations, calls occasionally for the suspension of credulity. The interweaving of fact and fiction is skillfully done. Highly recommended."
by Los Angeles Times,
"A fascinating piece of entertainment that manages to be both vibrant and cerebral....Few will find it resistible."
"With alchemical skill, Neville blends modern romance, historical fiction, and medieval mystery...and comes up with gold."
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