The Thousand

The Thousand Review

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.

Title:The Thousand
Edition Language:English

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    The Thousand Reviews

  • Terzah

    This book was somewhat diverting at first, but so full of stereotypes and conventions that I had to struggle to finish it. The protagonist, Canada Gold, furnished another example of a male author crea...

  • Andy Nelson

    (Spoilers, yo.)The Thousand advertises itself as a conspiracy thriller in the vein of The Da Vinci Code, centering on normal people who find themselves at odds with a powerful secret organization and ...

  • Zach Franz

    When it comes to description and details, Guilfoile is a talented writer. But "The Thousand" suffers from some big picture problems. I didn't find the characters very likable or compelling, and the se...

  • Kadir Emre

    This is a really riveting book that I don’t think if I can another one like this. The book compells you making researches about classical music history and notions besides a very beneficial maths hi...

  • Victoria

    This book sounded sooo promising but I was pretty disappointed. It could have been cut down by at least a third. It took ages for anything to happen and the end was unsatisfying a real shame....

  • Dorothy Hynous

    interesting plot. good characters, a little confusing at times...

  • Travis

    It was a slightly better than Dan Brown Dan Brown novel. ...

  • Rach

    It seems like there is a never-ending supply of conspiracy theory novels out there. This one is unique at least in that its "secret" is related to the beliefs and teachings of Pythagoras, and revolves...

  • Colleen

    The Thousand isn’t typically a book I would have picked up to read. I don’t tend to read thrillers and try to avoid anything involving math. But I happened to win a copy of the book in a contest o...

  • Elizabeth A.

    Trying to summarize The Thousand would be only slightly easier than attempting to herd a pack of cats across a rushing river. How can one adequately summarize a book that includes as major plot points...