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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 crossfire of a centuries-old, clandestine civil war in which she has unknowingly become ensnared.
STUFF THEY SAY ABOUT THE THOUSAND
"Part thought-provoking mystery, part flat-out thriller, The Thousand 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."
"Kevin Guilfoile's riveting new novel defies pigeon-holing. Part thriller, part dystopic science fiction, The Thousand takes the reader on a spine-tingling ride from Las Vegas to Chicago, from ancient Greece to modern America. It 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. You'll stay up all night until the pieces fall into place."
CAST OF SHADOWS
How far would you go to look into the eyes of your daughter's killer?
STUFF THEY SAY ABOUT CAST OF SHADOWS
"One of the best books of 2005."
"Gripping...Creepy...What's striking about Cast of Shadows is that Mr. Guilfoile, in his first outing as a novelist, does all this with a lot more panache than Mr. Crichton has demonstrated in many years."
"Guilfoile hits the jackpot...A spellbinding first novel...Mature, intelligent, stylishly written and more than a little bit dark."
"A masterpiece of intelligent plotting...(A) rare thriller that dares to make telling the difference between right and wrong, fate and choice, as difficult as it is in real life."
"Riveting." (3.5/4 stars)
"A taut, fast-moving cautionary tale for the 21st century...Michael Crichton today would have little grounds to complain of the comparison."
"FIVE STARS: Guilfoile has written a visionary novel, part science fiction, part murder mystery, part philosophical thriller...(Cast of Shadows) is already the best book of 2006."
"FIVE STARS: A moving drama...which starts like a science fiction novel but becomes a first-class whodunnit."
"One of the best novels I have read this year...On the strength of this book alone Kevin Guilfoile has shown himself to be one of the most promising new talents to emerge in the thriller genre in recent years."
"One of the distinguished mysteries of 2005."
"The Best First Novel of 2005."
"Truly haunting--a cautionary tale about scientific hubris, vengefulness and extremism in all its forms."
"A surprisingly smart clone thriller."
"Suspenseful...ingenious...the plot of Cast of Shadows twists more quickly than you can say deoxyribonucleic acid."
"A masterful thriller...The surprising outcome attests to a remarkable storytelling talent. Guilfoile's first novel will clearly not be his last."
"Riveting, excruciatingly suspenseful, and intellectually challenging...It is simply, and surely, not to be missed."
"A gripping and original book that delivers thrills on an epic level."
"An always surprising medical thriller, complete with elegant prose and well-developed characters."
"The perfect combination of science fiction and crime thriller...A fascinating read with a powerful ending."
"There's as much fascinating science in Cast of Shadows as there is in a Michael Crichton
"An altogether satisfying thriller...While technology permeates Cast of Shadows, it is the all-too-human
vulnerabilites of characters we come to care about that brings fear to the tipping point."
"FOUR STARS. An outstanding suspense novel, interesting and complex."
"Guilfoile's highly original first novel throws a lot into the mix -- cloning, serial killing, religious fanaticism and virtual reality computer games -- but, somehow, he makes it all work."
"A creepily subversive medical thriller."
"(One of) the must-reads of 2005."
"(A) beautiful masterpiece....caressed by Guilfoile's genius, creating a climax unlike anything else. There are many twists and turns and things you will never see coming. Nothing at all is predictable in this striking novel."
"Cast of Shadows breathlessly involves murder, cloning and father-daughter love in its wonderfully complex plot."
"An extraordinarily challenging and satisfying story...(with) not only a cutting edge premise but a voice perfectly tuned to its main characters. One of my two favorite reads so far this year."
"A fascinating book...Seldom have I read a thriller with such a surprising ending."
"Rich with twists, (Cast of Shadows) is an original novel that avoids the beaten paths and the end will leave you amazed. Everything one looks for in a thriller is here, done with intelligence and credibility."
"An impeccably woven novel that will fascinate the reader from the first page only to give him a truly unexpected surprise at the end as he discovers that... No, I will leave the pleasure of that discovery to the reader."
"Guilfoile brilliantly weaves a complex tale of intrigue, with multiple bounces, tangles, turns and twists."
"Exciting, visionary, and extremely disturbing."
"Oh, what a tangled web Kevin Guilfoile weaves! A disturbing portrait of creation and destruction (and) a cautionary tale for our generation."
"Just when suspense novels seem to be falling into disgrace, (publisher) Athenian brings us a story that has all the necessary elements for fans of the thriller genre. Readers nostalgic for this type of literature will find (Cast of Shadows) the ideal book to satisfy their expectations."
"Terrific...a remarkable novel...immensely readable and engaging."
"Guilfoile's thrill-heavy new novel sets a new bar for fictional detectives...a brainy odyssey with a body count."
"A reflection on human nature, destiny and personal freedom, carried by elegant writing and perfectly drawn characters."
"Kevin Guilfoile frames his successful debut novel with ethical questions about the boundaries of cloning research, but the scientific aspects never get in the way of the exciting action."
"As a moral philosopher it is impossible to read Kevin Guilfoile's mesmerizing book without thinking of the history of philosophy for which the idea of free will was central. And I say this as somebody who usually hates thinking about bioethics in terms of scary science fiction stories."
"With a debut like this, Guilfoile could be a pretty big deal."
"Slick, well-paced and carefully crafted (Cast of Shadows) will have you siting bolt-upright in bed for hours on end."
"A completely new combination of subjects for a crime novel....It is hardly possible to write an evaluation of this novel, because all adjectives have already been used endlessly for other, less unusual detective stories."
"Un bon thriller. The intrigue becomes progressively more and more complex along with the characters....The last 150 pages are particularly captivating."
"Excruciatingly suspenseful...Snap up your copy before everyone beats you to it."
"Surprising and disturbing....I couldn't put it down.."
"An original and spectacularly disturbing novel, that is developed as delicately as the work of a jeweler and anticipates moral, social and Metaphysical dilemmas that science gradually will have to confront."
"An exciting, multi-layered thriller."
"Suspenseful...This terrific book made me reconsider my opinion about mysteries set in the future."
"A stunning debut thriller. I couldn't put it down."
"A skillfully written thriller that also addresses important questions about cloning."
"An ingenious hook (and) an exciting thriller, even for those skeptics, like me, who wince at the genre... I just plain enjoyed the ride."
"Rich and rewarding (and) virtually impossible to put down. I only wonder if it will be possible for him to top this debut."
"One of the best books of 2005...a corker of a read...lots of scary fun and lots to think about, too."
"From the first paragraph I knew that this was going to be good."
"Cast of Shadows has its own rewards as it revs up the clone story and tears off in unexpected directions."
"Scary...ingenious... Achieves a metaphorical resonance that allows the reader to indulge in some truly frightening speculations."
"Remarkably effective...This is Kevin Guilfoile's first novel. Keep an eye out for that name."
"A great psychological thriller with twists and more twists...Be prepared to remain awake for the night."
"A half-hour with this book, and you'll want to keep it with you at all times."
"A riveting debut...unsettling, intensely thought provoking, and delectably creepy."
"Engrossing...provocative...rich and involving..."
"With startlingly original concepts Kevin Guilfoile has shown considerable promise as a writer...(and) he navigates the thriller plot of his debut Cast of Shadows with aplomb."
"An impressive debut...engrossing, meaty...a well-written mystery that offers
"Emotively written with deep and complex characters...Guilfoile handles the grandiose nature of the plot with great intelligence and high-level drama."
"Intricately woven and unsettling..."
"Guilfoile proves that literary writing and thriller pacing can go hand in hand."
"Unusual and compelling, this is one of the best thrillers we have read."
"A combination medical thriller, SF-Game novel, and mystery...(Cast of Shadows) is fascinating, realistic, and distressing. Highly recommended."
"Truly imaginative...A novel of substance, a true page-turner of great enlightenment as well as entertainment value. It should establish Kevin Guilfoile as a major talent to watch, and read."
"An absorbing story with characters real enough to cast shadows. It raises the same questions as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and, luckily for us, it's not the Boris Karloff version."
"[Cast of Shadows] will delight any reader who enjoys edgy, psychological thrillers."
"An incredibly tense page-turner."
"Combines a shrewd sense of genre--at its leanest level it's a murder mystery--with a politically inclined grip of the zeitgeist."
"An intriguing premise (and) an exciting debut thriller."
"Chilling and compelling."
"It grabs you and does not let go."
"This fascinating premise, a genuinely innovative one, is handled with
"Chilling...compelling...an interesting mix of literary thriller and scientific contemplation."
"One of the best first novels of 2005."
"A must-have (book)...thrilling and compelling...Guilfoile uses science fiction to masterfully create an intense, intricately woven psychological thriller."
"Guilfoile takes a fascinating premise and turns it into one of the most clever page-turners I have ever had the pleasure of reading...This is the best thriller you've never heard of."
"A tight, disturbing, futuristic thriller."
"Engrossing...Unsettling...Guilfoile is too deft--and cares too much for his characters--to allow (for) an easy conclusion."
"An essential summer book...Definitely a discussion starter while the prose remains quick and engaging."
"Exceptionally well-written (and) suspenseful...It immediately involves the reader in its fast-paced plot and the complex characters drive us towards an entirely unexpected ending."
"Engaging...Eerily plausible...Above all a great page-turner."
"A suspense novel to block the sun from your eyes while you tan."
"Kevin Guilfoile's Cast of Shadows is a thought-provoking and fascinating book that not only provides a cautionary tale of modern science, but also a thrilling plot and well-written characters."
"An impressive psychochiller."
"This is a twisted little book and I loved every minute of it...A devilishly wonderful plot and an ability to stay in the foreground of your thoughts well after you finish the book."
"The mystery created within the story was by itself enough to make this an excellent book, but the philosophical and ethical questions explored are guaranteed to make this one of the most discussed and thought about novels on the bookstore shelves today."
"Through an intricately woven original plot Guilfoile creates a fast-paced gripping thriller that keeps the reader guessing up until the final shattering pages. This is a must read."
"I was rapidly hooked...If you like unusual and challenging crime fiction, read Cast of Shadows and keep a beady eye open for whatever the author does next."
"Relentlessly gripping and profoundly unsettling. We embrace this major new suspense novelist."
"Guilfoile skillfully weaves the moral, ethical, religious and fanatical reactions and consequences of living in a world with clones...If you want a glimpse into a future with cloning in the world (although some might argue we are already there), read this story."
"A thrilling suspense novel...If this is any indication of his writing skills, we will be seeing (Guilfoile's) name on the bestseller list many times."
"The conclusion comes with a triple twist...which dramatically reflects Moore's desperation and the ultimate futility of his obsession."
"Cast of Shadows is one of those rare novels that stays with the
John's hilarious new book, Fondling Your Muse, is likely the only one on bookshelves with blurbs from a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and not one but two popular television comedians. Order it today and while you wait for it to arrive, read the articles that started it all: Rounder Characters In No Time Flat! and Breaking Through Writers Block.
Created In Darkness By Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor was co-edited by John and includes a story by Kevin. It also features Jim Stallard's "No Justice, No Foul," widely considered to be the funniest thing written by anybody ever.
May Contain Nuts, the latest in the Mirth of a Nation anthologies of the best American humor contains six stories by Kevin or John or both of them together.
NEW ON THE WEB
God or No God [Kevin]
Time To Floss [John]
New Fathers Roundtable Part III [Kevin, et al]
McClellan At Home [John]
The First Annual TMN Tournament of Books [Kevin, John, et al]
New Fathers Roundtable Part II [Kevin, et al]
The Guilfoile-Warner Papers Part V: Obit [John and Kevin]
The Guilfoile-Warner Papers Part IV: A Week Away [John and Kevin]
The Guilfoile-Warner Papers Part III: Master Debating [John and Kevin]
The Guilfoile-Warner Papers Part II: Improving Kerry [John and Kevin]
The Guilfoile-Warner Papers Part I: Flip-Flops and Conventions [John and Kevin]
ELSEWHERE BY OTHERS:
To fully appreciate the genius of Paul Ford's The Top 10.25 Things Women (genders 1-2.5) Don't Know About Men (genders 3-5) you'll need to familiarize yourself with the article that inspired it and also read science fiction for about 30 years.
Daniel Radosh's Power Point Anthology of Literature.
Brian N. Pacula's The Fragmented Case Files of Brock Showalter, Fundamentalist Christian Detective is both self-explanatory and hilarious.
I'll say that the perfect humor piece is one that can be celebrated at both bible.org and atheistalliance.org. Ian Frazier's Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father is the only one I know that can talk trash like that and back it up.
BUY THE OLD BOOKS:
101 Damnations (includes Kevin's essay "On Allergies")
McSweeney's #8 (Includes dialogue and story by Kevin)
McSweeney's #7 (Includes John's tribute to Allen Seager)
McSweeney's #6 (Includes John's short story "A Tough Day for the Army" as well as a They Might Be Giants CD)
McSweeney's #4 (Includes John's short story "On the Set")
Manual (Free PDF download featuring short pieces by web writers; includes Kevin's "How to Explain the Rules of Cricket")
INTERVIEWS AND NEWS:
Scene Missing Magazine [John]
Rochelle Krich, The Readers Room [Kevin]
Steve Edwards, WBEZ-FM (Chicago) [Kevin]
John Moe, KUOW-FM (Seattle) [Kevin]
TMN Roundtable: Academia [John, et al]
New York Times story on the MoOM [Kevin]
Seven Questions [John]
Washington Post Chat [John and Kevin]
Utne Reader [John and Kevin]
Flak Magazine [John and Kevin]
Opium Magazine [Kevin]
Opium Magazine [John]
FROM THE ARCHIVES:
The Mopier [John]
I Am a Bad eBayer [Kevin]
The Britney Papers [John and Kevin]