The List of 7

The List of 7

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by Mark Frost
     
 

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Dark Brotherhood

As the city of London slumbers, there are those in its midst who conspire to rule the world through the darkest and most nefarious means. These seven, seated in positions of extraordinary power and influence, marshal forces from the far side to aid them in their fiendish endeavor.

Force of One

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Dark Brotherhood

As the city of London slumbers, there are those in its midst who conspire to rule the world through the darkest and most nefarious means. These seven, seated in positions of extraordinary power and influence, marshal forces from the far side to aid them in their fiendish endeavor.

Force of One

In the aftermath of a bloody séance and a terrifying supernatural contact, a courageous young doctor finds himself drawn into a malevolent conspiracy beyond human comprehension.

All or Nothing

The future is not safe, as a thousand-year reign of pure evil is about to begin, unless a small group of stalwart champions can unravel the unspeakable mysteries behind a crime far more terrible than murder.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
“A ripping good tale. It effervesces like champagne.”
People
A spooky page-turner . . . barrels through Victorian England with the narrative drive of a runaway train.”
Clive Barker
“Dark and compelling entertainment . . . an irresistible page turner.”
People Magazine
A spooky page-turner . . . barrels through Victorian England with the narrative drive of a runaway train."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Occult forces of evil gather in Victorian England to scheme for world dominion in this lively but unconvincing period thriller by Twin Peaks co-creator Frost. The novel opens in London of 1884, where protagonist Arthur Conan Doyle, a moderately successful young doctor, unpublished author and part-time student of the supernatural, attends a seance at the request of an anonymous lady in distress. When the evening erupts into gruesome violence and murder, Doyle finds himself on the run, engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a cadre of ruthless satanists bent on incarnating the spirit of evil. He finds an ally in the mysterious, resourceful and supremely capable Jack Sparks, on secret assignment to the Queen. Sparks's own brother is the mastermind of the ``Dark Brotherhood'' they oppose, and his character will, much later, supply Doyle with the inspiration for his Sherlock Holmes. Despite the appreciable wit and inventive flourishes with which Frost invests his tale, there is too much in this fast-paced plot that simply does not make sense. Frost creates mystery through an unseemly vagueness of description, perhaps awaiting the special effects of the screen to flesh out elements of his narrative. In the novel, however, his characters never become more than clever conceits, and the prevailing attitude toward the spiritualism at its center is frustratingly wishy-washy. The much-ballyhooed shocker ending seems a tepid afterthought. Movie rights to Universal. Literary Guild, Mystery Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs alternates. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This first novel by the cocreator of Twin Peaks arrives amid much hype and expectation. After submitting a manuscript to a London publisher, young Arthur Conan Doyle becomes the target of an occult group that bears a coincidental likeness to the subject of his novel. To Doyle's aid comes Jack Sparks, a mysterious and resourceful figure who ultimately serves as Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. With enough twists and last-minute escapes to make it thrillingly palatable, The List of Seven seems a sure bet to climb the best seller lists. In the spirit of hyperbole, the publisher is planning to seal an epilog into the back cover to keep nosy Parkers from spoiling the book's ending. As if this were not enough to keep patrons drooling, Universal Studios is planning to release a movie version in summer 1994. All popular collections should purchase. Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild, Doubleday, and Science Fiction book club alternates; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/93. --Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380720194
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Series:
Arthur Conan Doyle Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

What People are saying about this

Clive Barker
Dark and compelling entertainment...an irristable page turner.

Meet the Author

Mark Frost was the co-creator and executive producer of the cult classic television series, "Twin Peaks", and is the author of several books including the bestseller, "The Greatest Game Ever Played". He attended school in Pittsburgh, where he studied acting, directing, and playwriting before leaving to begin his impressive career in television, film, and literature. He received a Writer’s Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work as executive story editor on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues. He lives in Los Angeles and upstate New York.

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The List of 7: Arthur Conan Doyle Series, Book 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
The List of 7 is positively one of the most fun adventures I've ever read! I've just finished reading it for the second time. The plot is full of mystery and suspense as Arthur Conan Doyle and his few newly acquired friends try to stop the underground takeover of the world by a group of seven people. I know the plot sounds kind of typical but the characters are what bring so much fun to the story. The main characters are fantastic and supported by a cast of walking mummies, flying gargoyles and other nightmarish creatures to keep Dr. Doyle and friends on their toes. The ending doesn't bring a lot of closure and that's okay because this book has a sequel, The Six Messiahs. You don't want to miss this thrilling tale full of compelling characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that you can't wait to finish because it has grabbed your attention but you also hate to finish because then this wonderful ride into our imaginations will be over. The story was exciting but what really sold the book for me was his character development. Holmes, Sparks, Larry and Barry were clearly and concisely drawn but also each layered like an onion. As Homes did, I really began to question the true character of Jack Sparks and finding that device in a general fiction book was a delight! I hoped at the end that Jack Sparks would survive and show up in more books but it does not seem like that will happen. I am trying to find his other book and will now look for the Bowman book. This guy is great! Of course, Twins Peaks were a great recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds like a good book just depending on the overview.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
been trying really hard to like this book but am finding it tedious at best. the doctor seems a gullible schmuck being led around by his nose and the sherlock character is unlikeable. been reading a few pages here and there for months and have barely finished 175 pages. not a winner for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the twists and turns in the book. I liked the characters.
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Very good read,I went through the book in several days. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in disguise!
zealousreader More than 1 year ago
lots of actions fast paced and riveting
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot add anything that the other reviewers have not touched on. This is a great book with wonderful characters. The bizzareness of the story will leave one breathless. Read it. Reread it (which is just what I am about to do). Pass it to your friends. ENJOY!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, there's only one thing to say. As I scrolled around the site there's only one title I can think of that gets 5 stars, and that's the List of 7. I read it 5 years ago, and can still remember every line. Mark Frost set a milestone for every writer that wants to be successful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once you start, you can't put it down. The graphic detail, suspense, and action literally pull one through the pages. I've read about 150 mysteries, and this has to be in my top 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was one of the best books i have read. spellbinding, jaw dropping, exciting, engrossing. the 6 messiahs is just as inspired. i wish mark frost would write more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I completely agree with the other reviewers, as opposed to some of the unnecessarily stuffy critical analyses that have been offered. This book is definitely one of my top-ten favorites ever; somehow Mark Frost, in creating Jack Sparks, has managed to create a character based on Sherlock Holmes who is even more appealing than Holmes, which I would not have thought possible. Although some of the language and terminology may not be perfectly accurate, it's far more important to me, as a reader, to be entertained in a manner that not only allows but inspires my willing suspension of disbelief, which this book was certainly more than authentic enough to do! But does anyone out there know what happened to the Universal movie that was planned? I'd be first in line and would love to know the scoop!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is very interesting and keeps the reader involved and on edge, except the ending was too abrupt and not what I expected. It is still a good read throughout, but don't have too high hopes for closure.