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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007305710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007305711
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The premise of THE FIRE is refreshingly original … several notches above the world’s bestselling author, Dan Brown.’ Independent

'Katherine Neville has a remarkable ability to weave strands of history into one vivid tale. Readers who love culture, travel, and, of course, the detective work of research, will delight in this work.' Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian

'Katherine Neville's The Fire proves once again that she is the true grand master of international intrigue and historical mystery. Relentless, gripping, convoluted, and grand, this is a classic for the new millennium.' James Rollins, author of The Last Oracle

'One of the best novels I've read this year…The Fire is a compulsively readable novel for Da Vinci Code fans, as brilliantly complex as a grand-master chess match. I could not put this book down' Douglas Preston, author of The Monster of Florence

'I've been waiting for twenty years to find out what happened after The Eight. Katherine Neville answers that longing in a story that skilfully moves players around a global chessboard and expertly blends history, science, myth and more. Katherine Neville is the undisputed queen of the international suspense genre.' Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal

Praise for THE EIGHT:
'Stellar… The story's relentless pace is matched by characters both sympathetic and real.' Publishers Weekly

'Readers thrilled by The Da Vinci Code will relish the multi-layered secrets of The Eight.'
Matthew Pearl, author of 'The Dante Club'

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'The epic sequel to Neville's entrancing novel The Eight. 3 stars.'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eleni TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I read Katherine Neville's "The Eight", two years ago, I thought it was a brilliant book, and I was thrilled to find out that a sequel was announced. As most readers of "The Eight", I preordered "The Fire" and counted the days and the hours until its release. I honestly have to say that I liked the book and I was not exactly disappointed with it, but I can understand why some people were. The problem with writing a brilliant novel is that you set the bar extremely high and it is practically impossible to do it again. So the reason that most people did not like "The Fire", is not that it is a bad book, not a mediocre book even, it simply is that they expected it to be as good as "The Eight" and it just couldn't be.

The idea is the same as with "The Eight"; parallel storylines of fictional and historical characters involved in a 'game' that started in the 8th century AD with the creation of the Montglane Chess and continues to this day. The protagonist is Cat's daughter Xie who is caught up in the game when her mother disappears and the parallel story is set in 19th century involving Lord Byron and Ali Pasha's daughter Haidee. I found the historical characters very convincing, perhaps with a few historical errors, but then again it would take an expert to spot them and this is fiction. The modern characters are complex and well developed but they are not as real as they were in the first book, it almost seems that a loving parent relates his children's story without completely empathising with them.

The story is great; lots of twists and turns, wonderful descriptions especially in the modern plot, romance, suspense and humour, every aspect of "The Eight" is here too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Clark VINE VOICE on 3 May 2012
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As you've probably gathered from the title of my review, I loved "The Eight", like many reviewers of this book. Like many of them too I find myself deeply disappointed. Basically, it's as if all of the things you loved about the original have been carefully cut away, leaving only a rather trite, confusing, uninteresting mess. There is a hell of a lot of, for want of a better description , running-around-all-over-the-place-for-the-sake-of-running-around-all-over-the-place-and-no-other-reason. There's not great truth or revelation in the end, and no sense of satisfaction in getting there, other than a sense of relief that the tedium is over.

If you haven't read the Eight, then please do so - it's great. Do yourself a favour and don't bother with The Fire, though. It's really not worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I remember reading THE EIGHT when I was in graduate school and had enjoyed it immensely. On the strength of that experience I was fooled repeatedly into buying the next three books of Katherine Neville. All were flops. This one shall be the last because as the sequel to THE EIGHT, it was the most bitter disappointment. I promise to explain this with no spoilers.

First off, the writer either finds fact-verification a boring chore or holds little respect for historic facts - especially when in conflict with one of her irrelevant tangents she runs on off. Allow me to offer a couple of case in points.

The trend is set early on: the Greek city of Ioannina (named after St John or Ioannis) is misnamed "Janina" only to be very tenuously linked later on with the Roman God Janus (one of the few Roman Gods with ...no Greek roots mind you!).
The city is located in the region of Epirus (I vacationed in Parga recently and visited Ioannina, only 60 miles away) whose old borders extent well into southern Albania. Thus, setting the location as "Janina, Albania" manages to contain two mistakes in two words. If she were trying to refer to the borders of the time of narration she should had written: "Ioannina, the Ottoman Empire". Albania was not independent until 1912 - and certainly NOT in the 1820's.

Ali Pasha was NOT an independent ruler as she goes on later. He was a shrewd and very able strategist, Muslim of Albanian origin, who was awarded the Pashilik [~local Governor] of Epirus under the Ottoman rule. When the Greeks fired off their Independence War in 1821 he tried to carve a kingdom for himself. His rebellion was thwarted after much effort by the Ottoman Turks who eventually had to assassinate him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Celtia on 5 Oct. 2010
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I loved The Eight. I mean I seriously loved it to the extent that I would count is as one of my Top Ten novels of all time. So when The Fire was published I had great expectations. I saved it for my holiday and was hoping it would provide me with a bit of poolside escapism. But No. I was so thoroughly disappointed I cannot begin to tell you.

I don't think I am a stupid person. I like a puzzle. I like a bit of esoteric or arcane mumbo jumbo to keep me entertained. But please....what was this all about? I couldn't follow it at all I'm afraid. I appreciate that we were following clues here, but some of the connections were so tenuous you could have driven a truck through them. I was actually relieved when it ended to be honest. What a shame.
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