The Thousand

The Thousand

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Random House, Inc.
Kevin Guilfoile’s riveting follow-up to Cast of Shadows (“spellbinding”—Chicago Tribune; “a masterpiece of intelligent plotting”—Salon) centers on an extraordinary young woman’s race to find her father’s killer and to free herself from the cross fire of a centuries-old civil war in which she has unknowingly become ensnared.

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.

In an irresistibly ambitious novel that fuses historical fact with contemporary suspense, Kevin Guilfoile delivers an erudite, propulsively entertaining thriller that seamlessly traverses the realms of math, science, music, and philosophy. The Thousand is ringing confirmation of Guilfoile’s enormous talent.

Baker & Taylor
A follow-up to Cast of Shadows is set in 500 B.C. coastal Italy, where the arrival of Pythagoras triggers revolutionary changes in science and philosophy that influence the modern-world life of a murdered composer's daughter.

Blackwell Publishing
"Kevin Guilfoile's riveting new novel defies pigeonholing. Part thriller, part dystopian science fiction, The thousand takes the reader on a spine-tingling ride from Las Vegas to Chicago, from ancient Greece to modern America. With a painstakingly constructed conspiracy based on followers of Pythagoras, The Thousand is the story, above all, of a young woman's efforts to tell truth from lies as a network of powerful people tries to use her for its own gain. If you're like me, you'll stay up all night until all the pieces fall into place."---Sara Paretsky, author of Hardball

"Part thught-provoking mystery, part flat-out thriller, The Tousand is superb. Kevin Guilfoile's second novel is every bit as inventive---Umberto Eco meets Stan Lee---and well crafted as his first, which is saying something. Guilfoile patiently develops an array of unique characters and adroitly weaves them into a provocative, relentless labyrinth of a story. It's a rare treat---a book to savor, contemplate, and admire." ---Stephen White, author of The Stege

"Kevin Guilfoile is a writer of stunning talent."---James Rollins, author of The Doomsday Key

Kevin Guilfoile is a terrific new novelist with guts, brains, wit, and imagination... Guilfoile is a bright new star in the crime fiction universe, but so much more than that."---C.J. Box, Edgar Award winner and author of Bellow Zero

Kevin Guilfoile's rivering follow-up to Cast of Shadows ("spellbinding"---Chicago Tribune; "a masterpiece of intelligent plotting"---Slon) centers on an extraordinary young wonman's race to find her Father's killer and to free herself from the cross fire of a centuries-old civil war in which she has unknowingly become ensnared.

In 530 B.C., a mysterious ship appeared off the rainy shores of Croton, in what is now Italy. After thre days the skies finally cleared and a man disembarded 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 coposer 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.
BR>In an irresistibly ambitious novel that fuses historical fact with contemporary suspense, Kevin Guilfoile delivers an erudite, propulsively entertaining thriller that seamlessly traverses the realms of math, science, music, and philosophy. the Thousand is ringing confirmation of Guilfoile's enormous talent.

Baker
& Taylor

In an ambitious novel fusing historical fact with contemporary suspense, a gifted young woman races to find her father's killer and to free herself from the crossfire of a centuries-old civil war in which she has unknowingly become ensnared.--From publisher description.
In 500 B.C. coastal Italy, the arrival of Pythagoras triggers revolutionary changes in science and philosophy that influence the present-day life of Canada Gold, who struggles to understand the unsolved murder of her father, renowned composer Solomon Gold.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400043095
1400043093
Branch Call Number: FIC GUI
Characteristics: 337 p. ;,25 cm.

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shapjul
Nov 22, 2010

Is there a genre for Da Vinci Code style thrillers? Maybe purportedly high-brow action adventures? Whatever it is, this is one of them. It's not the worst. (There are any number I have started and not finished.) But it isn't terribly good, either. (As reference points, I'd give The DaVinci Code itself four-plus stars and the follow up, so dreadful I've forgotten its name, one star.)

The central conspiracy is something about Pythagoras, but I have no idea what the factions are or why they are struggled for world domination. Doesn't really matter. The main character (Nada Gold) is enjoyable. So are some of the minor characters, but there are too many of them. I found myself skimming parts but then actually stopping to read.

All in all I would not call this a satisfying read, but it beats watching television or paying solitaire on your computer.

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