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The Thousand

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Slow Difficult Read!

    This book had elements of a great tale. A lawyer (Reggie Valentine) defends a celebrity for a murder where he knows he is guilty and he must still give a great performance in court, the celebrity gets off and then is murdered, the celebrity's daughter Canada (called Nada) is a math expert with a lot of other talents who investigates her father's murder. Even with all these elements I had to plod through the slow and sometimes difficult to follow plot.

    I had real difficulty finishing this book and I blame the author's writing style as a big detraction to what could have been a great book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    readers will enjoy the Thousand's interpretation of the Pythagorean theory.

    As a child growing up in Chicago, Canada "Nada" Gold had a gift with numbers. As an adult her numeral skill enables her to seemingly instantaneously collect and analyze data, which works quite nicely in Vegas casinos. She uses her skill to earn a living, but also suffers emotionally from the traumas she has faced.

    Her father Solomon, Chicago Symphony music director, declares he has recreated Mozart's intended climax to the unfinished symphony. However, soon after his declaration, he is charged with murdering his mistress, Erica Liu, a cellist in his orchestra. Nada returns home from Vegas to be with her dad. His lawyer Reggie Valentine and his performance earned Solomon an acquittal though he killed the victim. Soon after his court victory, he is murdered. Meanwhile the secret Thousand, worshippers of Pythagoras, learn of Canada's skills and have plans to use her to further future schemes on a par with calamities like 9/11 and Katrina that they caused in the name of their ancient Greek "god".

    The premise is excellent built from what is known about Pythagoras leading to the modern day cabal Thousand who causes calamities for profit (capitalism at its purist). The story line is fast-paced and loaded with fun but somewhat inane chase scenes. Except somewhat for Nada who feels like a freak, the key cast especially any of the members of the avaricious lethal Thousand are never developed. Still readers will enjoy the Thousand's interpretation of the Pythagorean theory.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    This thrilling novel takes hold of you and doesn't let up until the last sentence has been read. Kevin is a master of words and knows how to keep a reader engaged. Two thumbs up!

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

    Smart and Fast-Paced Thriller

    I borrowed an advance copy of this book from a friend and loved it. It's a super-smart and fast-paced thriller with a complex plot involving four people (at least) who get mixed up in a battle between feuding members of an ancient religious cult/secret society originally started by Pytahgoras. The historical aspects of the story are fascinating (as soon as I finished I had to look up which parts were true) and the fiercely independent, mentally gifted heroine, Canada Gold, will remind some people of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. There are lots of threads to this story involving medicine and art and murder and music, but its still easy to follow and the strands come together in an ending that left me a little unsettled. I'm still thinking about it. Highly recommended.

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