Item description for The Pythagorean Solution by Joseph H. Badal...
When American John Hammond arrives on the Aegean island of Samos, he is unaware of events that happened nearly six decades earlier that will embroil him in death and violence, and change his life forever. Late one night he finds Petros Vangelos, a Greek fisherman, lying mortally wounded in an alley. Hammond becomes the link between Vangelos and a Turkish tramp steamer that sank in a storm in 1942, carrying a fortune in gold and jewels. On board this boat, in a waterproof safe, are documents that implicate a German SS Officer in the theft of valuables from Holocaust victims and the laundering of those valuables by the Nazi's Swiss banker partner.
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Good stuff ! Apr 17, 2008
A very enjoyable tale, particularly for those who love Greece, though I'm sure any fan of fast-paced thrillers will not be disappointed. There are moments of fairly graphic sex and violence, but don't let it put you off unless you're a really sensitive soul. The descriptions of Samos and Greek life in general only add to the authentic feel.
Oh, did they say this was exciting? What were they thinking! Dec 12, 2006
A friend lent this book to me. Having fascination for scientific puzzles, I found the title and the plot summary very interesting, so I was really excited to read all about it. But when I started reading, I changed my mind. It was hard to keep myself interested because I found the writing REALLY dragging, to the point that I'd rather close the book than continue reading. I rarely speak of a book in this manner, but in this case, I really have to. I could have stopped reading halfway but because I felt obliged to finish it, I did. Oh wow. So, where shall I start?
The prologue was a bit interesting. That's about it. John Hammond's character was not well-developed and I personally think he's not much of a hero. And how he became friends with Christo really fast, I don't know. It's not realistic. And I pity Zoe Vangelos because she was depicted as a weakling. The characters were not really interesting, and perhaps the only thing that was interesting in this book was the Sabiya. Yes, that's what kept me reading. It's also a pity it took them so long to find the solution to the puzzle. I'm not great with those things myself, but really, it's took SO LONG that you'd get bored getting to that part.
Uh, what else? The plot. It could have been nice only if it was written nicely. But it was not. More like the story was told by some teenager. Badal's writing didn't really have much appeal, perhaps because his ideas were scattered here and there it was very hard to get the whole point of what he's trying to make the readers understand. The ending was a mess too. The only plus point of this novel is its unique setting, that's all. In short, this is a very cheesy thriller (this leads me to the question, "did the publishers really read this before deciding to publish it?")
I felt sorry for even reading this, because it happened to be much less than I expected. If you're into thrillers this isn't the book for you.
Pulse-pounding thriller Mar 4, 2006
An exotic locale and a fast pace make The Pythagorean Solution an impressive debut. Thriller fans will be hearing more from Joseph Badal.
Nashville Reader Mar 1, 2006
I loved this book. The plot kept me intrigued and I loved the setting in Greece. It was apparent that the author must love and have experience in Greece.
Pythagorean Solution Feb 24, 2006
A fast-paced thriller set in the dangerous and beautiful Aegean. Completely authentic and well-developed characters. WWII sunken treasure, Mediterranean locale, hot pursuit of our hero; watch for the new Harrison Ford and Nicole Kidman blockbuster at a theatre near you.