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The Eight by Katherine Neville
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Feb 23, 11

Read in February, 2011

Katherine Neville's book, holds an interesting mixture, of mystery, history, chess fundamentals, and romance.
You are taken back and forth between the past and the present, the history of the game and the history being created.
The past main character(Mireille) and the present main character(Catherine), are both thrown into a game of cat and mouse, except that they are actually living pieces of a chess game being played by one of an elite secret society. They travel around the world while being chased by this secret society, and as they run and travel and meet others in the same position as them, they learn that they need to collect these chess pieces, and once all eight pieces are found and together, something incredible happens.
Both the character pick their side, like in a chess game, dark versus light, and they seem to automatically be drawn to other players(pieces) that are on their side, and through godly strategy they "play" the game to win, because losing mean death.
Both the characters have a love, that they run from, but in the future its slightly different, with her and her love they actually stay together to finish the game, in the past they are not together for very long.

I thought this was a great book, a lot of words, and a lot of thinking, but it was worth every headache. Watching the story unfold in such a strange way was one of the main things I liked about this book, expecting one thing to happen, but having anther thing happen instead.

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