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"Reed and Mayer bring the time of the Nika Riots in Constantinople to vivid life in this eighth installment in their series, capturing the burning city, the mob mentality, the panic in the castle as the rioters come ever closer, and the effort to convince Justinian to use whatever methods are necessary to keep his throne. A must for followers of the series." -- "Booklist" "Subtle, well-drawn characters, from the ascetic John to the capricious and enigmatic Justinian; deft descriptive detail revealing life in the late Roman Empire; and sharp dialogue make this another winner in this outstanding historical series." -- "Publisher's Weekly," Starred review

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The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer began writing together in 1992. After publishing several short stories in anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, their first full length novel appeared in 1999.

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Back to Nika Riots and the Early Days of John's Time as Chamberlain 28 Jun 2010
By April - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This mystery takes place earlier in John's life, when he was more newly one of the chamberlains of the Emperor Justinian. In 532, when the Nika Riots are about to break out in Constantinople, two men, one of the Blues and one of the Green faction, miraculously escape death by execution. They are twice hanged and twice the ropes break. John is sent to bring them to the Emperor, but he finds the guards in chaos and the prisoners missing. One is found dead in the nearby cisterns. And John is then directed to unravel the mystery of their deaths--which may or may not add to the furor of the riots and may or may not point to plots that may be behind the riots. Solving the mystery could weigh with history and decide whether Justinian's reign survives.

For long-time readers of these books, it is interesting to see John and his friend Felix in the early days of their association. However, this period is not so different from that depicted in the first books in the series. It is still a welcome addition to the John the Lord Chamberlain Mysteries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Vivid History, Compelling Fiction 12 Oct 2010
By Natasha Fondren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Eric Mayer and Mary Reed bring sixth century Constantinople alive in their latest mystery, Eight for Eternity. The violent and volatile Nika riots of Constantinople make the most gripping setting for this mystery series yet. The two factions are furious when two men--one Blue and one Green--are hanged, but survive. They are hung again, but this time they not only survive, but they escape--only to be murdered. As Chamberlain for Emperor Justinian, John must solve the mystery of two men in warring factions. When those factions unite to bring down the Emperor's reign, the fate of the Byzantine empire could be at stake.

This mystery series is perfect for the intellectually curious who enjoy a little history in their mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great ancient historical mystery 6 April 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Constantinople in A.D. 532, two criminals escape custody. Emperor Justinian is informed and is very concerned as each supported rival chariot racing teams at the Hippodrome and he knows how sports fans are insanely fanatics. He orders his loyal Lord Chamberlain, John to investigate.

John quickly finds the corpses of both men in a cistern. Meanwhile, as the city is torn by rioting that impedes his investigation, two influential nephews of a former ruler declare their support of General Belisarius encouraging him to lead a rebellion; they want to rule.

This is a great ancient historical mystery series that ironically uses numerals in the titles (see Seven for a Secret), but never goes by the numbers in telling the story. The current entry is a strong period piece that highlights the riots of 532 AD and the rivalry to snatch the throne from Justinian. John's inquiry provides fans a deep look at Constantinople in the sixth century wrapped inside a strong investigation. Sub-genre fans will believe Mary Reed and Eric Mayer are eight for eight and want nine for reading soonest.

Harriet Klausner
Wandering Around Constantinople 6 Aug 2014
By Michael S. Kraus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel was a very confusing read for me. The action in this novel occurs before the beginning of the series. There was no warning of this. I was expecting the novel to pick up after the seventh novel. So, I was very confused for the first few chapters. A little warning in the prolog or the dust jacket blurb would have been appreciated.

In January of 532 AD in Constantinople there was an uprising. Mobs of people were rioting. Many wanted to depose the Emperor Justinian.

Amid the chaos, John (who is not the Lord chamberlain, but an assistant chamberlain) is tasked by the emperor to solve the murder of two men. John spends most of the novel wandering around Constantinople trying to discover who committed the murder. Compared to the number of deaths caused by the riot, the deaths of two men doesn't seem that important. However, John begins to feel that the murders, and the uprising are somehow connected.

Will John unravel the mystery?

In my opinion, this novel is not the best of the series. For me, it was a difficult read.
A fine historical, political mystery perfect for any mystery collection 16 July 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gary Reed & Eric Mayer's EIGHT FOR ETERNITY provides a fine Jon the Lord Chamberlain mystery set in 532, when mobs rule Constantinople and one John, Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, must find those seeking to dethrone his leader. His investigation leads to a web of intrigue and violence in a fine historical, political mystery perfect for any mystery collection.
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