Review: The Thousand by Kevin Guilfoile

08 Oct

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

This book isn’t for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, which this book certainly reminded me of.  Except it featured Pythagoras rather than Da Vinci, and a secret society of mathematicians rather than Catholic priests. And the writing was better.

Summary via

In 530 B.C., a mysterious ship appeared off the rainy shores of Croton, in what is now Italy. After three days the skies finally cleared and a man disembarked to address the curious and frightened crowd that had gathered along the wet sands. He called himself Pythagoras. Exactly what he said that day is unknown, but a thousand men and women abandoned their lives and families to follow him. They became a community. A school. A cult dedicated to the search for a mathematical theory of everything. Although Pythagoras would die years later, following a bloody purge, his disciples would influence Western philosophy, science, and mathematics for all time.

Chicago, the present day. Canada Gold, a girl both gifted and burdened by uncanny mental abilities, is putting her skills to questionable use in the casinos and courthouses of Las Vegas when she finds herself drawn back to the city in which her father, the renowned composer Solomon Gold, was killed while composing his magnum opus. Beautiful, brilliant, troubled, Canada has never heard of the Thousand, a clandestine group of powerful individuals safeguarding and exploiting the secret teachings of Pythagoras. But as she struggles to understand her father’s unsolved murder, she finds herself caught in the violence erupting between members of the fractured ancient cult while she is relentlessly pursued by those who want to use her, those who want to kill her, and the one person who wants to save her.

I wish that The Thousand had concentrated more on Canada and Wayne, since I didn’t feel I got to know them as well as their key roles in the book would justify. It simply wasn’t a character oriented book, although what is there is well executed. I really liked Canada as the smart misfit card shark with some very specialized skills and really serious family issues. As much as she accomplished in the book, I still felt there was more to her.

The conspiracy and convoluted schemes were simply crazy. That’s the fun of the book, but if you don’t have patience for bizarre twists and unlikely turns, this isn’t for you.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to say, but really, I think this review covers it. If you like this kind of book, give it a try. If it sounds a little too convoluted or esoteric, you’re probably right about that as well.

I received this book for review via Kaye Publicity. Thank you for this opportunity!

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