An Amazon Bestseller and BookLife Editor’s Pick
“The Tree of Knowledge is a dynamite read... reminiscent of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code but smarter, sharper and vertiginously twisted. A thrill ride with no seatbelt but what an incredible view.”—Junot Díaz, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Knowledge is power.
It is said that the greatest chess masters can envision a match’s outcome ten moves before it occurs. Imagine a person who can visualize ten steps ahead, not simply in the game of chess, but in every human interaction.
Imagine a person who can see a punch before it is thrown; who knows what you are going to say before you say it; who can see every political and economic move long before it happens.
Imagine a secret that can make this all possible.
Mathematics professor Albert Puddles exposes this secret for himself as he is thrust into a murder investigation on the Princeton campus. The discovery leads Albert to delve into ancient religious interpretation and unmask new analytical abilities, all while teaming up with an aging mentor, a curious teaching assistant, and an elite Book Club on a frantic chase across America to recover this world-changing knowledge before it falls into dangerous hands.
Albert—now embedded in a national cat-and-mouse political power play—rediscovers a woman from his past and is forced to confront his own understanding of love, rationality, power, and the true limits of the human mind.
A well constructed road to nowhere
The narrative hurtles along, bolstered with diverting but well-known logic puzzles, to cover the fact that many of the important plot revelations are quite predictable. Nothing like telegraphing the stunt to diminish its impact. The conclusion reads as little more than a setup for a sequel, making the work unsatisfying rather than intriguing. Turns what seemed to be a fun read into non-nutritive junk food.