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THE EIGHT is a thriller published in 1988.

The action takes place alternately during the French revolution and the early seventies of the 20th century. Mireille and Katy, the feminine heroes of the novel, will have to search for the legendary chess net offered to Charlemagne by the Moors. This chess net is believed to contain a coded formula that would give a terrible power to the one able to decipher it. But our heroes will soon understand that, by doing so, they will have to take part in a gigantic and mortal chess game whose pawns are human.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   game where people hunted

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   computer programmer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Desert?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   hanging    -   decapitated    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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