The Ancient Nine

The Ancient Nine

"Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins An unlikely Harvard prospect, smart and athletic, strapped for cash, determined to succeed. Calls his mother?who raised him on her own in Chicago?every week. Dalton Winthrop A white-shoe lega "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissab...

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Title:The Ancient Nine
Author:Ian K. Smith
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1250182395
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

The Ancient Nine Reviews

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Aug 12, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

  • Regan
    Oct 19, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

  • Carole
    Oct 05, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

    Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the ivy leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.  Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But...

    In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south side of Chicago studying to become a doctor. He is...

    The actual rating is 3 and a half stars. Ivy leagues. I have always been intrigued by those Academies of Excellence, and everything they include. Just looking at the premises of Yale, Stanford, or Harvard leaves me speechless and I can?t help my imagination go wild about what it m...

    I received this book in a first reads giveaway at no charge, which did not influence this review. Ian Smith is a new-to-me author. I will not give any spoilers- you can read the blurb and other reviews if you wish. I was hooked within the first few pages . Smith carefully unf...

    The Ancient Nine exceeded my expectations. I imagined this to be an account of students' lives at Harvard. Instead, the story reads like a Dan Brown mystery, although this fiction is based on real events. Spenser Collins is a Harvard athlete of meager means. Meanwhile, his best friend,...

  • Tonstant Weader
    Nov 04, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

    Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the ivy leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.  Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But...

    In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south side of Chicago studying to become a doctor. He is...

  • Betty
    Sep 20, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

  • Reeca Elliott
    Sep 16, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

    Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the ivy leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.  Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But...

    In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south side of Chicago studying to become a doctor. He is...

    The actual rating is 3 and a half stars. Ivy leagues. I have always been intrigued by those Academies of Excellence, and everything they include. Just looking at the premises of Yale, Stanford, or Harvard leaves me speechless and I can?t help my imagination go wild about what it m...

    I received this book in a first reads giveaway at no charge, which did not influence this review. Ian Smith is a new-to-me author. I will not give any spoilers- you can read the blurb and other reviews if you wish. I was hooked within the first few pages . Smith carefully unf...

    The Ancient Nine exceeded my expectations. I imagined this to be an account of students' lives at Harvard. Instead, the story reads like a Dan Brown mystery, although this fiction is based on real events. Spenser Collins is a Harvard athlete of meager means. Meanwhile, his best friend,...

    Spenser is a struggling student at Harvard. He is always low on money and does not come from the right background. He is from the south side of Chicago. So, fitting in with all the rich, preppy boys at Harvard is not so easy. When he receives an invitation to one of the exclusive clubs...

  • The Lit Bitch
    Sep 02, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

  • Debra
    Sep 15, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

  • Janet
    Apr 17, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Sep 24, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

  • Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
    Sep 23, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

  • Maranda
    Jul 28, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

  • Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)
    Sep 20, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

  • DJ Sakata
    Sep 17, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

  • Linda Branich
    Sep 07, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

    Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the ivy leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.  Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But...

    In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south side of Chicago studying to become a doctor. He is...

    The actual rating is 3 and a half stars. Ivy leagues. I have always been intrigued by those Academies of Excellence, and everything they include. Just looking at the premises of Yale, Stanford, or Harvard leaves me speechless and I can?t help my imagination go wild about what it m...

    I received this book in a first reads giveaway at no charge, which did not influence this review. Ian Smith is a new-to-me author. I will not give any spoilers- you can read the blurb and other reviews if you wish. I was hooked within the first few pages . Smith carefully unf...

  • Diane Hernandez
    Sep 17, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

  • Olga Fry
    Sep 04, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

  • TAS
    Jul 31, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

  • Nancy
    Jul 31, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

  • Melissa Dee
    Sep 22, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

  • Kim Bakos
    Sep 08, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

    Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the ivy leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.  Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But...

    In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south side of Chicago studying to become a doctor. He is...

    The actual rating is 3 and a half stars. Ivy leagues. I have always been intrigued by those Academies of Excellence, and everything they include. Just looking at the premises of Yale, Stanford, or Harvard leaves me speechless and I can?t help my imagination go wild about what it m...

    I received this book in a first reads giveaway at no charge, which did not influence this review. Ian Smith is a new-to-me author. I will not give any spoilers- you can read the blurb and other reviews if you wish. I was hooked within the first few pages . Smith carefully unf...

    The Ancient Nine exceeded my expectations. I imagined this to be an account of students' lives at Harvard. Instead, the story reads like a Dan Brown mystery, although this fiction is based on real events. Spenser Collins is a Harvard athlete of meager means. Meanwhile, his best friend,...

    Spenser is a struggling student at Harvard. He is always low on money and does not come from the right background. He is from the south side of Chicago. So, fitting in with all the rich, preppy boys at Harvard is not so easy. When he receives an invitation to one of the exclusive clubs...

    Maybe you felt amazed at the twists and turns when you first read The DaVinci Code or watched National Treasure. I know I did. Prepare for the same feeling all over again with this story! Some books take a little bit of reading to really get caught up in the story. Not this book - it ...

  • Patricia Romero
    May 22, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

    Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the ivy leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.  Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But...

  • Joy D
    May 04, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

  • Tammy
    May 06, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

  • Meggy
    Sep 18, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

    I've never read Ian K. Smith before but he has an impressive back list. The blurb for this one sounded so good! I couldn't wait to dig in and read it. It started pretty good, but then the writing became weak and it began to read like a book a junior high boy would enjoy. The hero is a ...

    Was not sure I would like this book but IT WAS SURPRISINGLY GREAT! College life at Harvard for Spenser takes some interesting trails to enlightenment. Mystery clubs and hidden rooms takes Spenser from libraries to night time grave digging. Author with talent not only for characters bu...

    Spencer is at Harvard to play basketball and hopefully get into med school. Spencer is a really good character. From the wrong side of Chicago to the ivy leagued and wealthy Harvard, he seems to fit in just fine.  Spencer was raised by a single mother and never knew his father. But...

    In The Ancient Nine, Dr. Ian Smith, author of many books on diet and health, tries his hand at crafting a mystery rooted in historical fact. Spencer Collins, our fictive hero, is a Harvard freshman, a young black man from the south side of Chicago studying to become a doctor. He is...

    The actual rating is 3 and a half stars. Ivy leagues. I have always been intrigued by those Academies of Excellence, and everything they include. Just looking at the premises of Yale, Stanford, or Harvard leaves me speechless and I can?t help my imagination go wild about what it m...

  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    Sep 28, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

    The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith is a book for people who like to work out puzzles and mysteries. A poor black kid from Southside Chicago, Spenser Collins worked for academic excellence, supported by his single mom. He is also a talented basketball player. His acceptance by Harvard ...

    Full Disclosure: This book is scheduled to be published in September 2018. I received early access in exchange for writing an impartial review. This is a well-constructed mystery that will keep you turning each page. And that makes it a quick read. Along the way, there?s a bit of...

    A thrilling chase for a secret buried for decades enlivens the Ancient Nine. The Ancient Nine is a rumored fraternity inside a fraternity inside Harvard. Legend states they protect a secret called Harvard?s Holy Grail. Investigating the Grail has already cost one student his life....

    Unfortunately, "The Ancient Nine? dropped on a day when its theme of ?boys must be boys? contrasts strongly with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the accusation that boys *were* boys, and they behaved inexcusably badly towards girls. There is no place in 2018 for mistreatment...

    Thank you St. Martin's Press for gifting me an E-ARC and inviting me on to the blog tour. Below you will find my honest review. All opinions are my own. The synopsis is a huge inclination to what you're going to find in this book. It's VERY detailed, borderline way too many details....

  • Yesha
    Sep 03, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

  • booksofallkinds
    Sep 18, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...

    4.5 Stars You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews The Ancient Nine was a slow burner scholarly mystery set in 1988, story of convoluted mystery of one the club house of Harvard, buried secrets and wealthy cunning titans of the world who will go to any lengt...

    ??you might be the way we crack the Ancient Nine.? Spenser Collins and Dalton Winthrop, two students at Harvard, unlikely friends. Spenser, a poor black boy from Chicago, is smart and athletic, determined to succeed. Dalton is the latest in a family of moneyed Winthrop men to ...

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown?s ?Robert Langdon? series (ANGELS & DEMONS. THE DAVINCI CODE) this is the book for you. Set at Harvard University in 1988, student Spenser Collins finds an engraved invitation slipped under his dorm room door to ?punch? for the most elite ...

    THE ANCIENT NINE by Ian K. Smith is an intriguing and compelling mystery set amongst the hallowed halls of the exclusive, member-only houses in Harvard, during the 1980's. Spenser Collins is not your usual candidate for membership in one of the most exclusive and powerful private me...

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    Sep 18, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

  • Really Into This
    Sep 17, 2018

    A twisty mysterious ride through the depths of the Harvard libraries and to the best local spots in Cambridge?I absolutely had a blast reading The Ancient Nine! If you?re a fan of mysteries and secret societies, like the Da Vinci Code and the Skulls, you will not want to miss picki...

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988 Spenser Collins is a sophomore at Harvard University when he is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, an exclusive all male final club that can boast some of world's most successful businessmen, politicians, Hollywood legends and Wall Street titans ...

    An unlikely student is punched (nominated) for membership into the Delphic club, one of the nine most exclusive clubs at Harvard. Things unravel from there as Spenser and another student in 1988 become obsessed with discovering the dark secrets of the Ancient Nine, a clandestine group ...

    Favorite Quotes: I rarely felt self-conscious about what I did or didn?t have, but it wasn?t lost on me that my competitors for a coveted membership were arriving in expensive foreign cars while I arrived in a pair of sturdy five-year-old Florsheims that had been resoled four t...

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: A 1920s fence hopper Main Character: Basically the author is just writing himself and it?s weird Plot Twisty-ness: You have to read a research paper to get to them You ever read a novel and can immediately tell it?s written by a first-t...

    The Ancient Nine is a mysterious story about the intriguing hidden life of the elite final clubs of Harvard Universities. The story is well paced and involves a lot of history about something that I didn?t even know existed until now. Connections are made and details revealed through...

    Set mostly in 1988, this book takes the reader inside Harvard?s final clubs (social clubs not officially recognized by the school) through a multi-layered mystery related to the disappearance of a student in 1927. The protagonist, Spencer Collins, is a pre-med undergraduate basketbal...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith?s novel is unmissable." ?Harlan Coben, author of Missing You Spencer Collins...

    This is like a Dan Brown novel meets the Skulls, meets romance, meets bromance, meets thriller. There's a LOT going on with this book! Spencer gets punched to become one of Harvard's elite clubs - where women can't join, but they sure can serve you and be your entertainment! There are ...

    So I mostly picked up this book because it was set at Harvard. My sister works there and I?ve been back to visit and it makes such a great setting for any number of books. I was intrigued by the title and the mysterious club that this book centers around. This book had a lot to re...

    I?ve been mulling over ?The Ancient Nine? by Ian Smith and I?ve come to this conclusion: perhaps the novel isn?t sure what it wants to be. Does it want to be a book about secret societies at a college campus? A book about religion? Academic research? Romance? Oftentimes it fe...

    Derek contributed this review to Really Into This Check out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.com Happy Reading, friends! THE ANCIENT NINE BY IAN SMITH BOOK REVIEW A murder mystery at Harvard involving a secret society with lots of twist & turns. Sounds like that...