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The List of 7 (The List of Seven #1)

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From the co-creator/writer of Twin Peaks. An anonymous note sends Arthur Conan Doyle--rising young surgeon and demystifier of the occult--on the trail of a dangerous group of elite Satanists called the Brotherhod of the Dark. A rousing fiction debut for Frost. Summer 1994 film release from Universal.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by William Morrow & Company (first published January 1st 1993)
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Dan Schwent
Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor and aspiring author, witnesses black magic and murder at a seance. Soon, he finds himself on the run with Jack Sparks dragging him along. But is Jack Sparks an agent of the crown or an escaped mental patient? And why does a mysterious group want Doyle dead? And who are the people on the List of Seven?

A friend of mine started bugging me to read this in 2004. A decade later, I finally gave in.

The List of Seven is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by one of the co-creato
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mark monday
a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure!

a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle!

a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions!

a breathless and action-packed steampunk advent
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William
Mar 21, 2008 William rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans, horror fans, Victoriana fans
Shelves: horror-fiction
Mark Frost is best known as the writer on Twin Peaks, and he brings a similarly twisted vision to this wonderful novel set in a slightly skewed Victorian England.

The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, still a doctor, and with no inkling of his creation of the worlds greatest detective.

That's before he gets involved with a secret service agent with amazing deductive skills, a penchant for morphine, and a twisted, brilliant older brother.

This may sound like a Holmes pastiche, but Frost's imaginati
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Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
1. Plot/Story -

Okay, the plot…well, that’s a tough question because I am not sure if what makes this book so interesting is considered “Plot” or “World Building.” On the possibility that it’s both, I’ll give some thoughts here, and some thoughts there.

To me this seemed a lot like the English version of the intense cowboy Secret Service Agent, James West, played by Robert Conrad with all the flare and pomposity of a Roger Moore James Bond or maybe a William Shatner styled Captain Kirk. Hey, no
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Fabian
This is like a "Da Vinci Code"-"The Mummy" hybrid. The references to Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, even Jack the Ripper makes this the only book in recent memory to thrill and amaze without making you feel like you should know more literary crap you could possibly know what to do with. This one goes crazy in the most fertile world of Edwardian (the V.D.d prince) London where reality walks hand in hand with the monstrous creations of masterful minds! I read this at an unusually languid, slow p ...more
Commodore Tiberius Q. Handsome
For fans of both The Somnambulist and The Anubis Gates (and how could you like one and not the other?) along with fans of dark fantasy, steampunk, New Weird, victorian fantasy and adventure fiction in general I recommend The List of 7 wholeheartedly. The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, long before he wrote Sherlock Holmes and was knighted. He becomes ensnared in a web of intrigue involving amassing evil forces, dark magic, criminal masterminds, seances and spiritualists, deductive reasoning, ...more
Andrew
This is one of those books I read with more than a little trepidation- the mixture of real life characters and fictional ones always sits a little uncomfortably with me. Its almost as if the author - worrying that for what ever reason (worry that it will not be accepted or even looked at) try and grab attention and interest the throw famous names in to it. As if randomly shouting famous peoples names will suddenly get people to pay attention. Then there is the possibility that by using a famous ...more
Polstar
It's not often you stumble upon a book that totally sucks you in and ticks all of the right buttons straight away. The List of 7 did that for me.

Sherlock Holmes - TICK
Occult themes - TICK
Victorian setting - TICK
Jack the Ripper - TICK
Egyptology - TICK
Spiritualism - TICK
Zombies, vampires and other monsters - TICK

It felt that this book was written for me - I'm such a selfish reader.

The basic premise is that Arthur Conan Doyle's life is threatened following attendance at a seance; invited by a woman
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

I recently had occasion to think again about the exquisitely strange 1990s television show Twin Peaks, co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost; and that got me thinking again about Frost's two genre novels from that time period as well, 1993's The List of 7 and '95's The 6 Messiahs, the first of which I
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Oceana2602
Jul 08, 2007 Oceana2602 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans, slashers, Sherlock Holmes Fans
This book was recommended to me by Amazon, which is no surprise (though I am a bit scared about how well they know me). The author, Mark Frost, is one of the creators of Twin Peaks. The main character of this book is Arthus Conan Doyle, he of Sherlock Holmes fame, but long before he was published.

In the cold and foggy London of 1884, Doyle participates in a seance, and suddenly find himself involved in murder and satanism, on the run with the mysterious James Spark, a secret agent of Queen Vict
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Dane
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Kristen
This was a very unusual book, which shouldn't be terribly surprising, since the author, Mark Frost is a co-creator of the TV series Twin Peaks.

I definitely enjoyed the book, but it is difficult to do it proper justice in a review without giving away too much of the story. I will do my best.

Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor and aspiring author, and occult de-bunker, receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve from a woman begging him to come to a seance and help her. When he does, he witnesses a horri
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John
I bought this when it was one of the Kindle Daily Deals and now I wish I hadn't spent even 99p on such a waste of a book. Once you realise this is simply just another diet Sherlock Holmes novel with a few names changed around, any enjoyment that could be derived from it simply vanishes. Frost could have at least tried to go with some originality but fails dismally. The writing style itself may be solid but that is the only redeeming feature of this book.

The plotline, whilst in keeping with Holme
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Ray
A fun, fast-paced read combining adventure with elements of horror. The plot careens along like a boulder hurtling down a hill, bouncing this way and that but always keeping the reader's attention. In it, a young Arthur Conan Doyle encounters Jack Sparks, (who eventually becomes Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes), and together with Spark's trusted comrades, they battle a gang of evil-doers bent on world domination, led by Spark's brother, Alexander. (Suffice it to say, the Sparks family ha ...more
Deliah
When I heard Mark Frost was writing a book, I jumped on board with two feet. I adored Twin Peaks back in the day and was curious to see how such a visionary of the small screen could bring that vision to the literary world.
Quite well, actually. It's very convoluted at times, with many characters and sometimes not enough background (or character information to draw you in) but I applauded the way that he made something out of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'm fairly certain that they author would be fl
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Jeanene
One of my favorite books.

I have a fondness for historical figures as characters in books with supernatural or other fantastical elements. This one features Arthur Conan Doyle, there's also a secret underground steam train and a Victorian era James Bond. Not to mention spooky supernatural stuff.

These are all good in my book.

Very enjoyable if not particularly well written. It would get five stars if the last few chapters hadn't been such a poorly edited mess (technique-wise) leaves a bad taste in
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Carey Combe
When I found myself skipping bits in the first chapter, I soon realised that this was just not the book for me...
Misha
This is part of that particular offshoot of Holmes pastiches that uses not the Great Detective himself, but his author, Arthur Conan Doyle. This tale penned by Twin Peaks scribe Mark Frost thrusts a young Conan Doyle into an occult mystery leading to the rise of a dark power, the identity of which provides a bit of a twist at the end. Conan Doyle serves as a sort of Watson figure to a Holmes stand-in who works as a secret agent for the British government. I found it a crackling yarn that tickled ...more
Craig
A playful, inventive and beautifully crafted piece of writing. Mark Frost is a master storyteller and this visit to the foggy world of a sinister Victorian London, in the company of Arthur Conan Doyle, is a real joy. I highly commend this book and I'm delighted to learn that Mr Frost has written a sequel. Five stars!
Clarence
The List of Seven by Mark Frost is an excellent read for anyone drawn to Victorian lit, mysteries or paranormal. Frost's novel will be of specific interest to any Sherlock Holmes fans, as Frost uses a young, unknown A.C. Doyle as his protagonist and provides fictional insight into Doyle's inspiration for Holmes. The List of Seven grabbed my attention right away and held it throughout. One of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while.
Jamie
I loved this fast paced Victorian thriller. A story of AC Doyle and his adventures with the man who would later be the model for his Holmes adventures.
Eileen
Thought it was great. A creepy mystery full of reprobates.
Arminzerella
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Giovanni
¿Qué ocurriría si un médico e un investigador de los paranormal, que se encuentra en la busqueda de la verdad que intenta conciliar la espiritualidad y la realidad? ¿Qué consecuencias tendría en tu vida, siendo un escritor novel, descubrir que tu último manuscrito tiene un trasfondo de realidad? ¿Y finalmente como te cambiaria la vida saber que tu vida peligra por esto? ¿Y Finalmente que te encuentras un hombre que es muy similar a ti encuento a su poder de observación, deducción y que puede est ...more
Bryce
I wavered between giving this book two or three stars. So it should really be two-and-a-half, I suppose.

I wanted to like this book more than I did; it has so many elements I enjoy in a novel. Historical setting, insertion of fictional characters into "reality," madcap adventures and supernatural goings-on. I'm also on a recent Sherlock Holmes kick... all in all, The List of 7 should have been a winner!

And there were great aspects to the book. First and foremost: the dialogue was splendid. The b
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Craig
I found this to be a very interesting and intriguing read, but not wishing to give away too much I will limit this review - on Christmas Day 1884, a young Arthur Conan Doyle receives a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a seance in London. Stunned by a display of black magic, Doyle witnesses a murder, and nearly falling victim himself before being rescued by Jack Sparks, a man who claims to be special agent to Queen Victoria. He tells Doyle that he has been targeted by a coven of Satanists ...more
Juan Bosco
Un joven Arthur Conan Doyle que en sus ratos libres se dedica se ve involucrado en una conspiración siniestra cuando asiste a una sesión de espiritismo que termina con muertos por todos lados. Por suerte, Doyle cuenta con la ayuda de Jack "no puedo creer que no es Sherlock Holmes" Sparks (lo que lo convierte en el Dr. Watson de esta historia) para llegar al fondo de una intriga que amenaza con liberar fuerzas diabólicas que pondrían en peligro al imperio británico. Y al resto del mundo. Quizás.

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Mazel
Aug 04, 2009 Mazel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Un jour de Noël 1884, à Londres, un jeune médecin nommé Arthur Conan Doyle est convoqué à une séance de spiritisme.

Il est lui-même un spécialiste de l'occulte, ayant écrit un roman sur le sujet, inspiré des écrits très mystiques de Madame Blavatsky.

A la suite de cette séance, Doyle est en danger de mort, son appartement est incendié, sa voisine russe assassinée !...

Un agent très spécial de la Reine vient à son secours et lui explique que son propre frère, qui a tué père et mère, s'est ligué a
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Fia Eamónn Wåhlin
I just finished this and it was a great Victorian detective novel! And since I Love everything with and about Arthur Conan Doyle this book was a must-read for me!

it is a fictional story about A. C. Doyles early years as a young struggeling author and where he found his inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.

Doyle gets accidently thrown in an underground movement with seven higly placed people and their plan to take over the English Royal House. He meets a man, Sparks, who has for years worked for the g
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Nik
I read this book and the sequel, The 6 Messiahs, years ago and loved them. I decided to give the audiobook a go and loved it all over again, plus it's a really short listen. Not as exciting as the first read, but it was a good time. Basically, Arthur Conan Doyle is himself in this before he wrote his Sherlock Holmes stories for the strand. You meet the man (Jack Sparks) and adventures that inspire him to write Sherlock and Watson. This is not a real spoiler, but there's lots of "occult" and Freu ...more
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