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The Fire by Katherine Neville
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Sep 22, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: mystery, own-it, advanced-copy-review, historical, read-in-2009, reviewed, signed-edition
Recommended to Michael by: given a copy at ThrillerFest
Recommended for: would not recommend
Read in September, 2009 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I wanted to enjoy this novel but instead was uninterested in the plot and the characters.
This is the follow up to the well received "The Eight" but in this case the characters were stereotypes. Picture a room full of chess champions that still can have an interesting conversation on anything else but chess. The protagonist was hard to believe. Striving to become the youngest chess grandmaster before reaching age 12, then later while at the Cullinary Institute being recruted by the CIA. Is this a mix of CIA's or what?
The alternating chapters giving background in ancient Persia and modern times could work in some instances but in this case, the story was slow moving anyway and this added to the dullness of the story.
The plot was also unbelievable. It has been said that this story has some similarity with Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" with its puzzles and riddle solving but a chess set that has such powers that the person possessing it could have vast powers was too beyond belief.

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