Saturday 25 January 2014

Book Review: Killing Pythagoras by Marcos Chicot

Title: Killing Pythagoras
Author: Marcos Chicot
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 2013
Pages: 700
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fiction - Historical Thriller
Source: Review Copy from Author

The venerable philosopher Pythagoras, one of the most powerful political figures of his time, is preparing to name a successor from among his grand masters when a string of murders rocks the Pythagorean community. The killings, each more baffling and unpredictable than the last, gradually unveil the workings of a dark and powerful mind, more formidable than that of Pythagoras himself.

Egyptian investigator Akenon and the enigmatic Ariadne work to identify the murderer while at the same time coming to terms with their own tumultuous relationship. The challenge they face is one in which the ghosts of the past are interwoven with the sinister threats of the present: a challenge from which it seems impossible they will escape alive.

Killing Pythagoras, based on real-life historical events, will plunge readers into an apparently unsolvable mystery. Readers will unearth cryptic clues and come face to face with some of the most unnerving characters ever to appear in the pages of fiction: Glaucus the Sybarite, the gruesome Boreas, the vengeful Cylon, and above all, the mysterious stranger who wields his prodigious capabilities to sow death.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Killing Pythagoras took me a long time to read, but that was simply due to time constrictions on my part and nothing to do with the readability of the book.

Overall, I found this an entertaining and engaging read. The main characters were well-drawn and likeable and the action moved at a good pace, especially for so long a book. I never felt bogged down by the page count and my interest was held from start to finish.

This book has an interesting concept and if you like thrillers with a bit of history and mystery thrown in then this book is certainly worth checking out.

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