Facebook
Skip to main content
PBS logo
 
 

Search - The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1)

The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1)
The Eight - Montglane Service, Bk 1
Author: Katherine Neville
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, becau...  more »
Info icon
ISBN-13: 9780345366238
ISBN-10: 0345366239
Publication Date: 1/14/1990
Pages: 608
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 229

3.7 stars, based on 229 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Member | Amazon | Write a Review

Top Member Book Reviews

reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 164 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
This took me forever to get through! I'm not sure why, since I enjoyed it, but it just seemed to get longer and longer as I went along. Well, up to page 400 or so, when things really started to take off!

Now, what to say about the story without giving too much away.... For most of the book, I found myself enjoying the modern storyline a bit more than the one in 18th century, although every now and again that would switch around. I think that was mainly because I enjoyed Catherine Velis's sense of humor, and you didn't see much like that in the earlier time period. The book is rich with details and appearances by famous figures, which, along with the plot, make it both fun and a bit overblown. The bits about the beginning of OPEC were very interesting to read, especially with the way fuel prices are once again a major issue. And all the little bits and pieces of information about the many locations in the story were fabulous! Perhaps that's why the book took me so long to read -- I didn't want to miss any of the nifty little details, and there's hardly a page without them!

Overall, a very good book. Not quite as great as I had heard -- and I figured out several of the twists in advance -- but a book that holds my attention for 600 pages with a plot based around a board game (blah!) has to be pretty great!
TropicAtHeart avatar reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
If you liked the DaVinci Code, than think of The Eight as a better written, better researched novel of the same genre, with a more complex plot. I couldn't put it down. I really liked the way Neville brought the past to life, and tied it to the modern narrative. Some parts are so jarringly real they are hard to read, but they drive the intensity of the book.

A great adventure / mystery read!
reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I've read this book twice, something I rarely do - and this book was equally satisfying both times. Katherine Neville does a great job of immersing the reader into both the 18th century and 20th century plotlines. There are rich characters, wonderful exotic locations, international intrigue and romance...what more could you ask for in a novel? A must-read in my opinion.
reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 63 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is in my top five favorite books. Fascinating, engrossing mystery, hard to put down. Past and present events, puzzles, codes, chess and more.
paxtonholley avatar reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 67 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Similar to Da Vinci Code (although it came first), it centers around the mystical chess set of King Charlamagne. The story follows two storylines in different time periods. Although somewhat slow in the middle, it's a very good read.
Read All 32 Book Reviews of "The Eight Montglane Service Bk 1"

Please Log in to Rate these Book Reviews

WhidbeyIslander avatar reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 565 more book reviews
Couldn't finish it. Too wordy and I didn't feel like spending 600 pages on it. Only wasted 60 pages worth.
reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 18 more book reviews
This was a fast moving story, or I should say 2 stories. One takes place in the 1700's and the other in the 1970's. The author did a great job of melding the 2 stories to a common goal - to figure out the magic formula of the eight. The heroines reminded me of female Indiana Jones's. It was a fun ride, although it was quite a long book.
reviewed The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1) on + 17 more book reviews
This book as a pretty interesting fast paced story. Personally I felt the ending was a bit of a let down, but overall it was a fun read.


Genres: