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The Thousand by Kevin Guilfoile
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Apr 16, 2011

really liked it

This was a very exciting, fast-paced thriller on the same vein as Da Vinci Code. The premise of the story is that there is an ancient secret society called "The Thousand" who follow an almost religious philosophy promulgated by Pythagoras and expounded upon by his present day followers who are divided in a kind of "civil war" between the conservatives called the acusmatici and the more liberal faction called the mathmatici. This group has tremendously influential members who are all connected by the belief that numbers and the understanding of them will eventually bring humanity to complete knowledge of the universe--but also the end of the universe as we know it. The acusmatici want to protect humanity from destruction and the mathematici want to accelorate more numerical discoveries even at the expense of innocent bystanders. Canada Gold is the main character who is the unknowing daughter of parents in The Thousand and is the focus of a major power play between the factions in conflict. The story is set in the summer in Chicago during a major and worsening electrical blackout, for which it becomes clearer as the story progresses there are sinister origins.

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