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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    John Case, The Unknown Thriller

    Absolutly seemless plot and action. Tied for first on my John Case list next to 'Genesis Code'. His ability to bind story, plot and thrill are incredible. One of the funnest reads I have had in a while. Well done! Hey John...When is your next due out???

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    action pacled thriller

    In his mid twenties, Danny Cray cringes at the image of the starving artist as he has chosen to supplement his meager earnings as a sculptor with sleuthing. His latest customer, charismatic and wealthy attorney Jude Belzer hires Danny to do some research into whom and why someone has been attacking the reputation of a client. Danny easily succeeds and in return receives a nice fee. Jude asks Danny to dig deeper so the part time detective flies to the Vatican to conduct more research as lure of the first class accommodations are too impossible to resist. However, Danny uncovers a lot more than he was supposed to and he now knows the deadly game his benefactor plays. His discovery leads to Belzer sending his thugs to dispose of Danny, who now flees for his life. When it comes to an action-packed thriller, the writing team of John Case is as sure a bet as fans will find out. The latest tale, THE EIGHTH DAY, never eases off the throttle as readers follow Danny walk deeper into trouble one step at a time. Though this theme of relative innocence deluded by glamour into a deadly scenario is as old as the bible, readers will root for Danny to defeat his much more powerful foe even if it takes unrealistic spins for him to have a slim chance. The case on this book and previous novels by this writing duo (see THE SYNDROME and THE GENESIS CODE) is that the story line always goes at hyperspeed driven by a likable hero in over their head against a clever villain. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Wasn't what i expected

    I am a huge fan of Dan Brown and Brad Meltzer and was told this book is like one of theirs. It maybe similar in ggenre, but that's about it. I struggled to get through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2009

    Page turner

    Loved the way the main charactor kept getting in deeper and deeper. Kept me turning the page to see how he would get out of each 'fix' he found himself in. That's why once I started reading the story, just could not put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    AN EXPLOSIVE, ADDICTIVE TAUTLY PENNED THRILLER

    Explosive and addictive, a taut, sharply penned thriller from page 1 to startling finish - that's John Case's fourth novel. While the author surely proved himself with "The Syndrome," "The First Horseman," and the New York Times bestseller "The Genesis Code," he exceeds all expectations with his latest, a hard-driving journey propelled by international intrigue and amazing technological advances. Danny Cray is a 28-year-old artist with hair enhanced by spiky blond highlights (thanks to girlfriend, Caliegh) and three piercings in his left ear (thanks to himself). He's a sculptor and video artist who has just been offered a showing at Neon, a prestigious gallery. To make ends meet he has been moonlighting as a private investigator for Fellner Associates; now he needs to come up with enough art to make a proper presentation - some expensive new equipment would help. It seems almost serendipitous when he receives a call from a wealthy attorney, Jude Belzer, asking him to do a little work for him. According to Belzer, a powerful, super-rich Italian businessman, Zerevan Zabek, is the target of unfounded slander. Belzer wants to keep this assignment separate from his other dealings with Fellner, and asks Danny to take it on solo, tracing the smears to their source. Naive is a good description of Danny when he first meets Belzer - what attorney has a phalanx of bodyguards? Nonetheless, the proposition is too tempting, too easy, and too lucrative. Danny grabs it. He's instructed to find out all that he can about a professor of religious studies who died recently, evidently by sealing himself alive in a concrete vault. Belzer insists that if Danny can get to the late professor's papers, his files, all will come to light. But, instead of light there's darkness, a sinister darkness as a man the professor called on the day he died also turns up dead. A FedEx receipt in the professor's trash indicates that he sent his computer to a priest in Rome stationed at the Vatican. End of assignment, or so Danny believes. Belzer is in Rome, and he can simply look up the priest, retrieve the computer, and solve the mystery. But, no, Belzer wants Danny to go to Rome and get the computer. Ten thousand dollars plus $800 per day is more than the young artist can turn down. But, what could this computer hold? He boards a plane for Rome, where he meets his interpreter, Paulina, "a dark beauty, thirty at the outside, with the kind of high-gloss glamour that costs real money." His suite at a luxe hotel has every imaginable accouterment, yet he has unknowingly placed himself in jeopardy, his fate to be determined by Zabek, a man who had a way of "killing people that gave dying a bad name." From Rome with all of its glories Danny's quest takes him to Istanbul, and a terrifying encounter in an underground cistern. From there he travels to a remote Turkish border town, still searching for answers, and only one step ahead of those who would kill him. John Case is a master at limning the scenes of Italy, especially Siena's Palio, a breathtaking bareback horse race held in Siena's seashell shaped piazza.. His characters are drawn incisively, whether they be arresting or menacing. Dialogue sparks as suspense builds to a thrilling denouement. Open "The Eighth Day" only if you're prepared to not put it down - Case's tale grabs you with the first page, shakes you up a good bit, and doesn't let go until the final word.

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