The Ninth Circle

The Ninth Circle Alex Bell
  • Title: The Ninth Circle
  • Author: Alex Bell
  • ISBN: 9780575080263
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ninth Circle Alex Bell The Ninth Circle A man comes to on the floor of a shabby apartment in the middle of Budapest His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood There s a fortune in cash on the kitchen table And he has no idea wh
    A man comes to on the floor of a shabby apartment in the middle of Budapest His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood There s a fortune in cash on the kitchen table And he has no idea where, or who, he is He can do extraordinary things speak any number of languages fluently, go three days without food or sleep, and fight with extraordinary prowess But wiA man comes to on the floor of a shabby apartment in the middle of Budapest His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood There s a fortune in cash on the kitchen table And he has no idea where, or who, he is He can do extraordinary things speak any number of languages fluently, go three days without food or sleep, and fight with extraordinary prowess But without a name, without a past, he s isolated from the rest of the world a stranger to everyone, including himself until a chance encounter with a young scholar leads to his first friendship, and his first hint that someone out there knows about him than he does Someone is sending him clues about his past Photographs hidden in books and crates of wine Cryptic clues pointing towards a murdered woman And clear warnings against Stephomi, his only friend But that s not all Gabriel Antaeus is seeing strange, impossible things a burning man is stalking his dreams and haunting his mirrors, his dreams are filled with violence from the past, and his pregnant young neighbor is surrounded by an extraordinary golden aura Something dark and violent in Gabriel s past is trying to resurface And as he pieces the clues together, everything points towards an astounding war between angels and demons a battle not just for the future of the world, but for the minds and souls of everyone in it.
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    About Alex Bell


    1. Alex Bell was born in 1986 She always wanted to be a writer but had several different back up plans to ensure she didn t end up in the poor house first For some years these ranged from dolphin trainer to animal shelter vet but then, at fifteen, she had an epiphany involving John and Robert Kennedy and decided to become a lawyer instead.To that end she eagerly started a Law Degree only to find it so boring that she was at a very real risk of going completely insane To mitigate this she started writing again The second book got her an agent with Carolyn Whitaker of London Independent Books but, unfortunately, not a publisher The third book, written during her first summer holidays off from university, found a home with Gollancz The Ninth Circle came out in April 2008 with possibly the most beautiful cover ever created matched only by her second book, Jasmyn.Not one to learn from past experience, Alex started the Legal Practice Course in London There she met some great people and had a lot of fun messing about during lessons that were clearly meant to be extremely solemn affairs Thankfully, she dropped out just before the point where all students must submit to the personality removing process that is a compulsory part of being an esteemed member of the legal profession.Now she happily dwells in an entirely make believe world of blood, death, madness, murder and mayhem The doctors have advised that it is best not to disturb her, for she appears to be happy there.The only other thing to add is that Alex Bell is an immensely immensely talented young writer, blah, blah, blah The books are great, blah, blah Everyone should totally go out and buy them and stuff.


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    1. Wow I really enjoyed this An imaginatively twisted yarn about good vs evil Alex Bells writing style is easy to follow, with likeable characters even the horrid ones and lots of questions getting answered along the way I prefer it when the plot unfolds at a steady pace without everything being jammed into the last few pages or chapters I shall look out for from this author.

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    2. I loved this book I think everybody knows what happens when you love a book, it s really hard to put the feelings into words in a review So hang in there Looking back, the summary on the back on the book was very vague and didn t give away anything so I m not going to add anything else to it because it s exciting Gabriel wakes up in a shabby flat to find blood on the floor where his head used to be A horrible gash is in his head and a bag full of Hungarian florints 100,000 pounds on the table H [...]

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    3. In the city of Budapest a man wakes up in a kitchen, his face stuck to the floor with dried blood He has no idea of who he is, only that he apparently fell and hit his head while putting up shelves and that on a nearby table there is a box filled with a large amount of cash According to papers he finds in the apartment his name is Gabriel Antaeus but other than that he knows nothing about himself or how he came to be there.The Ninth Circle begins with a setup that would do justice to any traditi [...]

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    4. This book starts out rather promisingly, with a dude name Gabriel waking up with no memory of who he is but with weird things happening all around him The opening s got a bit of a Castiel with amnesia fic vibe to it, which made me very excited for obvious, dorky reasons Unfortunately, Gabriel, unlike Castiel, is an idiot his efforts to find out who he is and what s going on are pitiful apparently he d rather spent his time whining and moping Thus the narrative swiftly becomes an exercise in frus [...]

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    5. I started off being very intrigued by Gabriel and his identity and THE FISH but eventually my wonder tapered off Mephistopheles was one of the better reveals, where gabriel s own past fell flat Likewise, the ending didn t recapture me, though it did tie the knots and present a conclusion.

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    6. spotted on Laura s profile

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    7. What rubbish I protested Good and evil are opposites No, not really, Stephomi said mildly Hot and cold are opposites, but haven t you ever touched something so scalding that for a moment you think it s freezing When you get to extremes, the brain confuses the two, can t process them properly, mixes them up Or perhaps it s just that they re really not all that different to begin with p 122Alex Bell s The Ninth Circle has the reader treading the thin line between sanity and insanity with a paranoi [...]

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    8. I found this book intoxicating A story that intrigued me with the concept and then compelled me with every new turn of the page.I loved that this book was drenched in a layer of bizarre strangeness, and an air of darkness that surrounds Gabriel s story from the very beginning So many times I found myself wondering if what was happening to him was a dream, a nightmare, or some sort of delusional episode brought on by the confusion he faces every single day.As hard as I tried to solve the mystery [...]

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    9. It must have been my son who recommended this book to me as it is totally his type of story The style of writing, with the extremely present voice of the narrator and by that I mean that, though he is telling what has happened in the form of a diary, he writes not what happened in the past but how he is recalling in the present what happened makes it very punchy.We also have the battle between good and evil, and the massive blurring there is in the mythologies of God, the Devil, angels demons It [...]

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    10. This novel covers similar ground to Dan Brown s books an age old battle between good and evil framed within a Christian cosmology, cryptic messages that need to be deciphered, angels and demons walking the streets But it s a bit left field It starts off quite well a man wakes up in an apartment in Budapest, his face glued to the floor by his own dried blood, a huge bundle of money on the kitchen table but the plot never really goes anywhere Yes, there are a series of revelations that unpeel lik [...]

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    11. This book is like a man, in by such it gets you really excited, anxious, and teases you and FINALLY.drops the ball Flat and disappointed about the finale Such a dud Is there going to be a follow up for this book I mean the yes, the character finally had some development after rambling about damn fish food for like 5 flippin chapters Kudos for him HOWEVERwas there any development to the storyline I was left feeling robbed than paying 12 for a movie ticket 9th Circle indeed, it came full circle b [...]

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    12. I borrowed this book from a good friend far too long ago, and I am mortified that I have neglected to return it I loved this book from beginning to end The first chapter is captivating, which I need when starting a new book, and it held a looming mysterious feeling throughout I love books that open your mind to new possibilities of heaven and earth and how the two can intertwine and I think bell did an amazing job.

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    13. Huh I m not really sure what to make of this, but I can tell you one thing I did not see the ending coming Did I like the ending That I m still not sure about, but I think I ll be thinking about it for a while.

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    14. I found this to be a little predictable, however I enjoyed reading it.

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    15. Absolutely fantastic debut novel by Alex Bell, couldn t put it down Read it

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    16. Love this story It s super creepy with alot of religious mythology which adds even tension and eeriness to the tale.

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    17. The Ninth Circle is a mystery written in the form of diary entries by the protagonist, Gabriel Antaeus, after he wakes up one morning in Budapest, Hungary, with amnesia As the story unfolds Antaeus uncovers clues as to his former life and meets people who knew him from before Gradually he puts together the pieces, and the picture that emerges becomes increasingly disturbing.This is the debut novel by British author Alex Bell, completed whilst she was still at university For a debut novel, this i [...]

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    18. Fairly well executed story in a genre of its own Mystical religious thriller.I loved all the details from religion and demonology, it spurred a highly entertaining afternoon on where I learned Lucifer supposedly has a demon in charge of his wardrobe His wardrobe.At times it came across as a bit hysterical, mainly because the protagonist has trouble controlling his emotions and not getting himself in all kinds of trouble At other times he was frustratingly thick headed The ending let me down, I f [...]

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    19. Took a while to get through but I am going through a reading slump Finding it difficult to concentrate while reading I was intrigued along the way to find out the mystery behind this story but was disappointed.

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    20. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT cirquedesgeeks.dreamwidth Oh, I was not keen on this one The blurb made it sound really interesting, at least the first half mysterious people plus angels plus demons sounds like the sort of thing I would gobble down in a heartbeat And yet this This felt like a slog I kept picking it up resentfully, muttering about how I didn t want to read it, I m not enjoying it the only reason I did finish it was because it had been on my to read list for years I am still really disappoin [...]

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    21. I found the plot and direction of the story telegraphed from the outset The twist provided by Gabriel s amnesia was only mildly surprising I found the writing to be adequate in most places, somewhat less than acceptable in a few others and a few startling gems scattered in there for good measure.The story is easy to read although if you re not after an alternative theology lesson or a brush up on bible class, then I d give this tale a wide berth.I agree with Chuck on the setting, and was disappo [...]

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    22. This was interesting and easy, taking me only a handful of hours to read The blurb on the front cover says haunting, engrossing.The blurb is wrong This is not hauntinge best word I can use is cute And whilst I read it fairly quickly it was too clich d and predictable to be engrossing By far the best section of the book is the beginning Gabriel wakes up with no memories and we follow him for a third of the book as he tries to figure out who he was before This is done well and it was fun to read T [...]

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    23. OPINI OAcabei de ler este livro a 28 de junho dou lhe quatro estrelas.No geral, gostei da hist ria e achei a interessante Gabriel Antaeus acorda num apartamento em Budapeste sem se lembrar de nada e acaba por calcular que estava a montar uma prateleira e esta bateu lhe na cabe a, deixando o amn sico A partir daqui, tudo circula em torno da religi o e da demonologia, temas que me interessam bastante, pois fazem parte da tem tica da trilogia que estou a escrever Agradaram me as reviravoltas, tais [...]

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    24. Reading THE NINTH CIRCLE was a weird experience and that s not just because the subject matter dipped into the supernatural very quicklyE NINTH CIRCLE is partly a mystery and partly fantasy When Gabriel wakes up on his own floor he has no idea who he is, where he is, or where the money came from He does have some memories of how to function, how to feed himself, how to go out and slowly discover the intimate details of his life it s like his own personal past has been knocked out, yet everythin [...]

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    25. This book started off so promising, aside from the sort of whole amnesia cliche But with the way it s written in journal format the beginning of the book reads like watching a slow descent into madness, and it was really cool.And then it was kind of about his loneliness and desperation to connect with other people, mingled with his feelings of fear and vulnerability because of his lost past.But then things which were possibly bits of insanity started becoming literal, and it sort of descended fr [...]

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    26. E se num certo dia, acord ssemos com a cara no ch o de um qualquer apartamento, numa po a de sangue, desconhecendo quem somos, onde estamos ou, simplesmente, o que aconteceu a partir desta ideia geral que o autor Alex Bell nos apresenta, o conceito de identidade e os par metros que o definem, aliado luta incessante entre o bem e o mal que dura desde sempre, nesta hist ria invulgar cheia de surpreendestes desenvolvimentos.O conceito de identidade passa sem d vida pelo reflexo das redes sociais qu [...]

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    27. I am hesitant to write a review for this one, because I have the strangest feelings for this book the reason it has three stars is not because it is only average, no it is because most of the book is 5 star but then there is some one star junk that was one star enough to average out the rating I am hesitant to write the review because I fear authors google themselves and as this is a newer writer I dont want to discourage in any way a writer who managed to absolutely charm and enchant me for 4 5 [...]

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    28. This is The Bourne Identity as if Neil Gaiman had written it A man comes round on the floor of a shabby flat in the middle of Budapest His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood There s a fortune in cash on the kitchen table And he has no idea where, or who, he is He can do extraordinary things speak any number of languages fluently, go three days without food or sleep, and fight with extraordinary prowess But without a name, without a past, he s isolated from the rest of the worl [...]

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    29. At its start this book is captivating the writing is quick yet descriptively beautiful, and though it seems to drag on a little towards the middle, the question of this man s identity always remains in the reader s mind However, towards the end, the book takes a downwards turn and becomes a little too clich for my tastes I continued with this on the hope and premise that it didn t seem very generically angel fic when it turned out to be that The man s identity was something that didn t impress m [...]

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    30. The Ninth Circle is an interesting read raising many thought provoking questions about good and evil, angels and demons, insanity and morality And the concept, the story, is a very good one But the delivery is frustrating at times The passivity of journal entries how the story is told casts everything in a somewhat detached, secondary light Bell s writing style also contributes to this effect as it is a passive and basic narrative rather than an engaging description of events The beginning of t [...]

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