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The Fire by Katherine Neville
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Jan 09, 2009

did not like it
Read in November, 2008

A dismal disappointment, especially because I was so enthralled by "The Eight" that I've reread it several times.

It's fairly easy to determine what happened here. Neville had advertised for years that she was working on a sequel to "The Eight," but it never materialized. My guess: the higher-ups at the publisher finally called in their chits.

Nearly every thought here is underdeveloped or, worse - OVERexplained. There is much chasing after clues . . . but the clues don't seem to flow from the storyline. And, this book displays the worst curse of the bad novel: an unfulfilling ending. There is no substance to what the protagonist finds. I was left feeling cheated that I spent the money on this one, and - truthfully - wondering if I should re-evaluate my love affair with "The Eight."
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