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The Eighth Day

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Death is not the end.

A warning from a stranger. "Nothing you know is real. Your name isn't Shawn Jaffe, you're not an investment broker, and you're not from Ohio." But the stranger is murdered before he can explain.

Now Shawn isn't sure who he can trust. Even his own memories are suspect. Someone is watching him, controlling him, using him. To survive, he'll need to find ou
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by Obsidian Dawn
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Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I started this book late at night, figuring I’d read a couple of chapters until I got tired, then finish it the next day. Well, things did not work out as planned. The Eighth Day hooked me immediately, and practically demanded I read it straight through. I ended up going to bed a couple of hours later than I intended that night.

Joseph John crafts a fantastic, fast-paced tale of science fiction and intrigue that is almost impossible to look away from. Set in the not-so-distant future, The Eighth
Heena Rathore Pardeshi
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a paperback copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"He was darkness in a world of darkness, and soon he’d dance again."

The Eighth Day is an outstanding book and I truly enjoyed reading it. The book is written in multiple POVs and captures each and everyone's viewpoint beautifully. The author has skillfully woven a tale that feels nothing short of magical, but in a speculative way. One thing that I'd like to mention here is that the timing of the
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Jesus, this book was interminable. There were so many similes in this book that it was like an avalanche. The author attempted to drown me in them like a farmer drowning a sack of kittens. The book really wanted to be classy noir and fell flat like someone with their ankles tied together. The female characters are as flat as paper and as predictable as the tides. I spent my time rolling my eyes as hard as bowling balls on League Night. This was torture comparable to Guantanamo.

I received a copy
Paul Ataua
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Competent thriller developed around an interesting idea, but one that never really held me for long enough. Fast paced, but a fast pace that really didn't get anywhere quickly. It was, however, very readable. I read a few comments in reviews about the excessive number of similes in the book, but never felt that was a problem. I did laugh occasionally at some of the similes as they added little to the description. Here's a sobering thought, though- i am laughing at a guy who has ten times the art ...more
MichaelJane Welch
What a great find!! I can only hope that the main characters, Harrington and Shawn have many more adventures. The first sentence until the last keeps you guessing. I would recommend this to anyone that wants a fast paced, exciting read. Look forward to the next book.
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Descrptive narrative draws the reader in from the beginning. I was so pulled into the story that I read the book straight through in one afternoon. Many unexpected turns and twists as Shawn Jaffe's life is turned inside out. I highly recommend this book! ...more
My original The Eighth Day audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Shawn Jaffe is your easy go lucky guy with a degree from Ohio University, a rising star in the investment world who just relocated to New York.  Heading to work one day, Jaffe encounters a man who tells him, “Nothing you know is real. Your name isn't Shawn Jaffe, you're not an investment broker, and you're not from Ohio."

Before Jaffe can ask the man what he means, he is brutally murdered in front of Ja
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
Shawn Jaffe is an investment broker, or at least that is what he thinks until a man shows up in a café and tells him otherwise. The man is shot dead as Shawn rushes to question him, but it raises anomalies as Shawn’s memory begins to fracture.
This story sits in the middle of a technological and biological warfare, with Shawn Jaffe at the centre. When an ordinary detective from New York starts to delve into the mystery he pays for his t
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
The Eighth Day is a fast-paced book with descriptive writing and lots of action. It takes place in the near future, but has enough subtle changes that makes it a believable world to live in. There is a bit of mystery to the story as the main character tries to discover who he really is and why a secret agency is out to kill him. The ending was a surprise, and concluded the story nicely while still leaving room for a possible sequel. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a go
Jul 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
"Sam Harrington wove through the streets of Manhattan like he was pulling a needle through thread while on a caffeine bender".
If you enjoy similes like this at least once on every page, then this book is for you. I quit less than a third of the way through - I got to the point where if I came across the word "like" I skipped to the next paragraph, because it just interrupted the flow. I already know this guy is an author because I bought his book, stop trying to impress with your "writing" and j
Tina Marie
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heart-stopping, action packed, thriller. This book is all that and so much more.

While in a NYC diner, a stranger tells Shawn Jaffe that nothing he knows is real. He is not who he thinks he is. He's not an investment broker, he's not from Ohio.

Murder, mayhem and bad guys everywhere.

Death is not the end.

A MUST read debut book by new author Joseph John!!!!
Emily Ross
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. The way the multiple POVs are woven together is truly sublime and so well written. It's fast paced and flows easily and seeing Shawn's memories as they fragment was such a great way of introducing confusion and it was just great.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘The Eighth Day’, a debut novel written by Joseph John is well-made combination of sci-fi, thriller and mystery genres full of suspense, delivered in nice style that will keep you at the edge of your seat until the very last page.

Though I usually don’t comment the book cover, especially when it comes to self-published titles, ‘The Eighth Day’ managed to arouse my interest even before I open the first page. But when I read novel’s opening sentence it definitely showed me this guy knows how to int
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Joseph John’s recipe for success: Take one part Bourne Identity (Ludlum), mix in a healthy dash of Total Recall (Phillip K Dick) and throw in a dash of The Sixth Day (an underrated but fun scifi flick). The Eighth Day is an explosive scifi thriller that captivates readers from beginning to end. It has everything scifi lovers could want - fast paced action, a lead who isn’t who he believes he is, cloning, and political conspiracy. While not wholly unique in origin, Joseph John’s novel is fresh an ...more
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Originally, the author planned to write the novel in episodes, published on Amazon. I read the first one and HAD TO HAVE MORE. When I could not see more on Amazon, I found the author's twitter page and sent him a message. He said he was going to publish it as one novel and said he would email me when it was available. Which he did. What a page turner!

Very unique and fascinating story Just this blurb should hook you to grab it:
A warning from a stranger.
"Nothing you know is real. Your name isn't
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The blurb that it's Philip K. Dick meets Robert Ludlum pretty much nails it. It starts out firmly in Dick territory, with a man whose reality is falling apart; wanders into some police procedural in the middle; then goes Bourne movie at the end. It's well paced and well edited. The eventually-revealed premise has been done before, but the book's well crafted enough that I'm OK with seeing it done again. Binge read it when you need a break from more weighty fare. ...more
Darin Thomson
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It's fast-paced and suspenseful the whole way through. John is very imaginative with his descriptive words and metaphors. It really kept my interest the whole way through. I liked how I couldn't figure out "who dun it" until it was revealed. I strongly recommend this book -- you won't be disappointed and won't want to put it down! Could easily see this as a movie script. ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great book. A well written thriller that does have you wondering what will come next.
I borrowed this book from Kindle Unlimited.

The basic premise of this book is interesting, BUT way too many similes, that detracted from the story!!!

Johanna Kinsey
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Joseph John has written an action packed book. Not too long,just perfect for rainy afternoon! This should be a
Sheila Rawlings
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘The Eighth Day’ is a fast-paced thriller that embraces the possibility of human replication as its central theme. It then expands on that theory by exploring the consequences of using genetic manipulation to play God.

Although a work of fiction, the story comes across as a terrifying portent of a potential reality. After all, the unrelenting march of science makes the cloning of a complete human being seem all too credible a possibility. The only question would be, is it ethically right to do s
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Eighth Day is an engaging thriller that gets you wondering different “what if” scenarios if you were the main character. The author does a great job of getting you in the middle of the action and when the scenes pick up you will find yourself reading just a bit faster as you want to find out what happens next. The author did a good job with the ending: this could be the end, or maybe it could be continued. Either way, I’m glad I read this one and enjoyed it.

I picked this up for 99 cents duri
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Future time, and a man isn’t what he believes he is. What happened on the Eight Day of creation?

Excellent read, a fast paced thriller with sci-fi undertones (or not so sci-fi, given where we’re headed). Enjoyable! This would make a good movie!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well worth the read

I didn’t have high expectations but this both far exceeded them. The start was quirky and reminded me of Twin Peaks. Both halves are well paced. My interest never waned. The science was just believable enough but not too deep. The editing was tight. Overall, a great sci-fi thriller.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book ! What a page turner. It's a great mystery with lots of new and unique analogies. It would make a great movie! I want to read more books by this author
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun! Even the fight scenes!

The Deep State's Phoenix Project is creatively rendered by an author with a firm grasp on the Art of Language (and a proofreader with a Type A personality). My next read... Democracy Inc, of course!
Walter Scott
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Nothing you know is real.”

New York in the near future. Black SUVs. Men in dark suits, with guns. A stranger tells Shawn Jaffe, “They’re watching you. Your name isn’t Shawn Jaffe. You aren’t from Ohio, and you’re not an investment banker.” Made me think of Total Recall.
The novel could have turned out to be a shallow cliché, but Joseph John started the story with a solid hook, and never let go. You won’t put this one down and turn on the TV. Joseph John is a name to watch and an author well worth
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this and promptly could not put it down until I finished it less than a day later. An excellent page turner with mystery aplenty and intense action that pleased my imagination immensely. It has me wanting to dive deeper into the characters and what's in store for them down the line.

A mix of Jason Bourne, Universal Soldier and a hint of Gattaca, I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good mystery/thriller/sci-fi.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done

The story pulled you along on a surreal ride that very well could be in our future. Well done plot, characters, and scenes.
Robert B. McCready
A very different and enjoyable book.

As the days and years pass,Science Fiction becomes reality
hopefully that this book is not one of them. Hey, very good suspense sci-fi. Just hope it is not reality in the future. I hope there are other books that continue the storyline.
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