Start reading The Philanthropist's Danse on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.
OR
Read for free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Philanthropist's Danse
 
 

The Philanthropist's Danse [Kindle Edition]

Paul Wornham
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £9.99
Kindle Price: £2.05 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £7.94 (79%)
 
Kindle Unlimited Read this title for £0.00 and get unlimited access to over 700,000 titles. Learn More
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £2.05  
Paperback £6.65  
Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited
Enjoy unlimited access to over 650,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for £7.99 a month, including this one. Learn more


Product Description

Product Description

Twelve people. Five days. One fortune.

Johnston Thurwell, one of the world’s richest men, dies unexpectedly. His family expects to inherit his wealth, but instead discover the dying philanthropist has spent his last days planning something called The Danse. The twelve most important people in his life are brought together to decide the most important question at the end of it. Who will inherit his fortune?

The family is sequestered in the philanthropists’ remote country mansion with a group that includes his best friend, his most loyal servants, and his greatest rival. They must agree who among them will share the fortune, but they must do it against the clock. Every twenty-four hours, the fortune is reduced. In just five days, it will all be gone.

The thin veneer of civility among the twelve is ripped away by naked greed as their lust for money drives them into betrayal, blackmail and violence.

The desperate family will do anything to save their inheritance. Except share it.

About the Author

Paul was born in England and raised in the picturesque city of Bath. He lived and worked across the South of England and in London. He moved to Canada in 1996 and lives in Ontario with his wife Lesley. The Philanthropist’s Danse is Paul’s first novel.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057J4ZMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,626 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Paul Wornham is the author of mystery novels The Philanthropist's Danse and The Mercy Contracts.

Paul was born in England and grew up in the picturesque city of Bath. He now lives and writes in Ontario, Canada.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately A Must Read. 24 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I figured that this was going to be a "Cluedo" type murder mystery when I read the synopsis of this story, I couldn't have been more wrong.

Paul has taken 12 beautifully written characters (15 if you count those involved in the story but not the invitees) and placed them into a fantastically woven plot that kept me captivated to the point where i'd be very annoyed when I had to put the book down due to work commitments etc etc.

12 people, family, associates, enemies & employees are invited up to a billionaire's mansion in the middle of nowhere to find out that they have to agree on how to share their late benefactor's inheritance.
It's not until the rules of the danse start coming into effect that things start to turn nasty for the majority of the 12.

This story has it all, murder, mystery, suspense, prostitution, blackmail and a small mixture of romance intrically woven together, masterfully.

You get an in depth knowledge of the characters through a mixture of storytelling and flashbacks and you are in a constant turmoil of emotion as to who is good and who is rotten. Then just when you have them figured out you are thrown back into turmoil and start doubting your judgements.

The story is very fast paced with plenty of little twists to keep you enthralled right up until the very last page.

This is Pauls first book and i'm looking forward to reading his next one.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed my station stop.. 22 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
..and ended up in Cheltenham instead; and all because I couldn't put this book down.

A gripping and compelling read, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a jolly good, well written finger flipping (not really page turning as I read it on an iphone) story.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Philanthropist's Danse 18 July 2013
By Joo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A rich man calls together 12 members of family and friends for a week in his house. They find out he is dead and they must decide amongst themselves how to split his massive fortune. If they don't sort it out within a day, they lose 20% of it. And 20% more the next day, etc

This looked a good blurb and the first chapter got me intrigued. Yes, splitting it 12 ways would be sensible, but the family think they deserve more than the friends and the friends say if the father wanted you to have it, wouldn't he have given it to you. And so starts the infighting and recriminations and secrets.

I really enjoyed this book. It perhaps could have done with losing a little in the middle, but in the main, this was gripping and made me want to find out more. As more is revealed about the characters, your views were changed as to who was nice and who wasn't. I do recommend this one.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting comment on human nature 18 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think I must revise my definition of the word 'philanthropist' - I had taken it to mean a generous, giving person while Johnston Thurwell, the 'philanthropist' in the story, did not seem to want to give anything away, even in his will, without extracting a terrible price. I will not repeat other reviewers' good descriptions of how he did that.
The concept was a good one for a story, however, and made the most of its inbuilt capacity to twist and turn, depending on the contents of hitherto unopened yellow envelopes. The characters were well developed, indeed this was absolutely central to the whole story.
Generally, it was a good page turner and enjoyable read, although slightly too long.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You never know whats going to happen next 7 Mar 2012
By Alice
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Johnston Thurwell has died. After his death 12 people including his children, employees and even his enemy are told to come to his house. They have a week to split his fortune between them, however it will be reduced by 20% at midnight each day, so the clock is ticking. There also has to be a majority consensus on how the money is divided. It soon becomes clear people are prepared to double cross each other and go to extreme measurers to insure they get what they feel they deserve.

I really enjoyed this book from the start. I thought it was great the way different groups and people tried to manipulate each other, in order to get what they feel they deserve and then how their allegiances would change in order to secure themselves a better deal.

Throughout the book I kept changing my mind about who I felt should get the money and why as we got to know each of the characters better. All the different twists and turns were great and I think this book could easily be adapted into a great TV drama.

I felt that the characters were all really well developed and, especially as the book goes on, you feel you have a really insight into who these characters are and what makes them tick. The only negative comment I have is I think there could have been more description of the characters physical appearance. At the start we are very quickly introduced to twelve people and I think it would have been easier to remember who they were had more time been spent describing how they look.

Other than that I thought it was a brilliant book with a great concept and loads of twists and turns. I highly recommend it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun 25 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In this novel are numerous grammatical/punctuation errors, especially involving apostrophes; repetition of words and information; clumsy, cliché-ridden sentences; inconsistent motivations; and muddled viewpoints - even within the same sentence.
These are notably bad in the early chapters which introduce a large cast, not helped because they are caricatures for whom I felt no empathy.

Luckily the story is not character but plot-driven: a well-paced Agatha Christie-style whodunit, with no detective but a lawyer gathering the `high' and `low' in the room of a mansion where secrets are exposed, through twists and red herrings which kept this reader turning the pages.

The first-time author would do well to learn to write better and meantime invest in professional editing for his next work, which should then be a success.
Particularly if it had a better cover, this one is amateurish and would never have drawn me were it not for other readers' enthusiasm for the book.
The writer clearly has storytelling talent and a grasp of boardroom/political alliances that must surely belong to his previous life!

I downloaded the Kindle e-book whilst on free promotion and would happily have paid its present price; however, I'd baulk at paying double that for the current paperback without the problems identified above first being rectified.

Comment Comment | Permalink
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not great
Published 1 month ago by mrs j c reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very interesting book, I found the characters intriguing and the story line original and well set out in the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. K. Cowburn
5.0 out of 5 stars nephew the philanthopist,s dance
this book kept me gripped right to the end excelent for a first book looking forward too the next one ,also hes a family member,but that didnt influance my comments. Read more
Published 11 months ago by shirley wornham
4.0 out of 5 stars very gripping read
Very interesting read. Unusual concept and what a variety of characters, I just had to keep reading. Really wanted to know how it ended.
Published 14 months ago by Joy B
5.0 out of 5 stars Philanthropist's Danse
I'm not a big book reader, usually on holidays only, i was recommended this book by a friend and started reading and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 15 months ago by colinfroberts630
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
A nicely written piece of fiction with a novel approach to tackling people's best and worse attributes; mainly worst. An absorbing read that flowed well and started rapidly.
Published 15 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel
Again I am amazed at such a great book was free ! This was a most enjoyable first novel which kept me hooked to find out what would happen next. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Heather H 77
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars - A Very Good Read
I thought this was a good read. From the beginning I thought I'd like it, but then It took me a bit of time to get into it (reasons to follow), but by the time I got to 30% I was... Read more
Published 17 months ago by PollyM
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I loved this book. I thought the idea was great and all the twists and turns kept me enthralled. I would highly recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Macca666
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
I don't normally leave reviews but this is one of those books that you just can't put down. Have recommended to friends.
Published 17 months ago by D Conway
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category