The Circle of Thirteen

The Circle of Thirteen

In 2082, a catastrophic explosion rocks the dedication ceremony of the new United Nations in New York City. Security Director Julia Moro is on the job, chasing after the misogynistic leader of Patria, a long-disbanded international terrorist organization now being whispered about again on the streets. This dangerous, shadowy figure has been linked to several bombing attemp...

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Title:The Circle of Thirteen
Author:William Petrocelli
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The Circle of Thirteen Reviews

  • Jackie

    This book starts with events in 2012 and ends up in 2082. Women are mostly in charge since roughly 2055 and things are a bit different than they were in 2012. A new United Nations has been created, and the world seems more connected (helped with major advances in technology). However, not all is well. Patria, a hate group focused on women, are beginning to ramp up their presence as the U.N. makes plans to honor The Circle of Thirteen, 13 women who died as martyrs and were the impetus to the majo

    This book starts with events in 2012 and ends up in 2082. Women are mostly in charge since roughly 2055 and things are a bit different than they were in 2012. A new United Nations has been created, and the world seems more connected (helped with major advances in technology). However, not all is well. Patria, a hate group focused on women, are beginning to ramp up their presence as the U.N. makes plans to honor The Circle of Thirteen, 13 women who died as martyrs and were the impetus to the major changes in world. The book bounces around in time, blending past and present very nicely to move the tale along quickly. It's just enough "sci-fi" to keep the whole things fresh, enough feminism to make me fascinated (and wishful), and fast enough in it's storytelling to keep me reading to the wee hours. This is an impressive debut novel that I urge any lover of mysteries to read.

  • Jessica

    I loved The Circle of Thirteen; I could hardly put it down! It takes place mostly in the future, in a more matriarchal version of America and with a United Nations that sprang from the ashes of the deaths of the Women for Peace, the 13 women who changed the planet and gave their lives to bring about peace when things were not going so well in the world. The story jumps back and forth between 2082, the "current" day in the book, and earlier parts of the story in an attempt to peel back the layers

    I loved The Circle of Thirteen; I could hardly put it down! It takes place mostly in the future, in a more matriarchal version of America and with a United Nations that sprang from the ashes of the deaths of the Women for Peace, the 13 women who changed the planet and gave their lives to bring about peace when things were not going so well in the world. The story jumps back and forth between 2082, the "current" day in the book, and earlier parts of the story in an attempt to peel back the layers of a fascinating and exciting chase to prevent the UN from being blown up by a misogynistic sociopath and his criminal network, the Patria. I didn't know anything really about the book before I picked up, but it sounded exciting and it definitely turned out to be a suspenseful and interesting thriller.

  • Leslie

    The story opens with a jump back in time to 2012 where a violent event will have an effect on a young boy’s future. Fast forward to the present, 2082 New York, and the opening ceremony of the new United Nations headquarters where all the world’s leaders have assembled. A sculpture is to be dedicated to the founders of Women for Peace. The thirteen women were murdered by a terrorist attack years ago and today are symbols of the peace movement. As the ceremony begins, an explosion rocks the buildi

    The story opens with a jump back in time to 2012 where a violent event will have an effect on a young boy’s future. Fast forward to the present, 2082 New York, and the opening ceremony of the new United Nations headquarters where all the world’s leaders have assembled. A sculpture is to be dedicated to the founders of Women for Peace. The thirteen women were murdered by a terrorist attack years ago and today are symbols of the peace movement. As the ceremony begins, an explosion rocks the building and people around the world watch in horror.

    Much of the novel takes place in the two weeks leading up to the opening ceremony. Julia Moro, Security Director for the event, has reason to believe the terrorist organization Patria, know to despise the leadership and power women have gained, is planning an attack. The shadowy, reclusive leader of Patria is not easy to find and Julia has limited time to track him and his group. We go back and forth in time as Julia races against the clock. Her investigation leads her into her own past, revealing long buried secrets about her own family.

    I almost didn’t pick this one up because of the title. It made me think of the way-too-many paranormal books on the market today, and I was not in the mood for one of those. Don’t be fooled, this is not about the supernatural. This is a fast-paced action thriller with a complex, compelling plot. The title refers to the thirteen women killed in the terrorist attack.

    The story is multi-layered with many jumps in time and flashbacks that require a little extra concentration, but once I got used to the time shifts the plot flowed and moved quickly. The setting is believable and the world of 2082 feels familiar. There are some advances in technology and electronics, climate change has continued to warm the planet, and factory farming and genetic engineering has created world-wide food shortages. It feels like the future we are creating today. The story is more thriller than science fiction.

    This is an exciting debut novel that will appeal to fans of multiple genres. Recommended.

  • Wendy Terrien

    The story opens in 2012, in Dallas. It's a dark scene where lives are irreparably and negatively impacted. Exactly who and how are left to the reader to wonder, for now.

    The timeline jumps to 2082 and the dedication of the new UN headquarters, including the unveiling of a new sculpture of the 13 founders of the Women for Peace, aka the Circle of Thirteen. From here we travel back and forth in time and learn a great deal about the founders, their lives and loves, and their descendants.

    The story opens in 2012, in Dallas. It's a dark scene where lives are irreparably and negatively impacted. Exactly who and how are left to the reader to wonder, for now.

    The timeline jumps to 2082 and the dedication of the new UN headquarters, including the unveiling of a new sculpture of the 13 founders of the Women for Peace, aka the Circle of Thirteen. From here we travel back and forth in time and learn a great deal about the founders, their lives and loves, and their descendants. It's an intriguing tale full of mystery, thrills, and an interesting perspective on how the world and its female population have fared over the years. I struggled with it, but in a good way. Part of me didn't believe things could ever develop, or degrade, the way that they had in The Circle of Thirteen. But another side of me wasn't so sure about that. The state of the world and how it came to be is an excellent mind bender, mixed in with fascinating twists and turns in the lives of the characters.

    I was a bit challenged by the jumps back and forth in time, but overall I very much enjoyed the book, and appreciate the hard work that it must have taken to develop this new "state of the world" and create many interesting and likable characters.

  • Jen

    The age old nature versus nurture argument. We may never have a concrete answer of which has more dominance in certain traits, such as a propensity toward violence. William Petrocelli's The Circle of Thirteen adds to this debate in a near future setting of a matriarchal, dilapidated United States.

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    The violent actions of a young boy in 2008 sets into motion other violent acts toward women in the following years to 2082, w

    The age old nature versus nurture argument. We may never have a concrete answer of which has more dominance in certain traits, such as a propensity toward violence. William Petrocelli's The Circle of Thirteen adds to this debate in a near future setting of a matriarchal, dilapidated United States.

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    The violent actions of a young boy in 2008 sets into motion other violent acts toward women in the following years to 2082, when the U.N. Security Director Julia Moro attempts to prevent a major terrorist action on a national ceremony. While trying to keep the nation safe, Julia is also trying to unravel a familial mystery of who killed her grandmother when her mother was only a baby and also come to terms with the gang activity she saw when she was a teenager. With everything on the line, can Julia figure things out with enough time?

    The narrative was captivating in its realistic portrayal of how the world could evolve into a society that is an extrapolation (but not too far off) of contemporary issues and social politics; it addressed issues of women's social roles, politics, environment, and a general social climate in a tasteful manner. Suspense built quickly and action came, even if it was a bit cliched and trite at times. The text could use a thorough editing as there were several instances of "were" for "where" and vice versa. I was also frustrated by the way the dialogue of one character was split across multiple paragraphs and didn't follow the convention of using no closing quotation marks--it lead to a disorientation of which character was speaking. And as the narrative jumps around in time to pull vignettes together to create the whole image, it was a bit jarring at times how it seemed rather non sequitur to suddenly jump to a vastly different time or place--particularly when there were times that it jumped to a different character mid-chapter.

    Overall, I'd give it a 4 our of 5 stars.

  • Amy Lignor

    A plot that will keep you on your toes, this sci-fi/thriller takes the reader from 2012 to 2082, with a few other interesting stops in between.

    In the beginning, what seems like a ‘norm’ for a thriller book plays out; a man demanding to see his son argues with a woman bearing a restraining order against him. Although violence commences, the reader immediately knows this book is something far different than their mind expects, and the non-stop action takes them on the ride of their liv

    A plot that will keep you on your toes, this sci-fi/thriller takes the reader from 2012 to 2082, with a few other interesting stops in between.

    In the beginning, what seems like a ‘norm’ for a thriller book plays out; a man demanding to see his son argues with a woman bearing a restraining order against him. Although violence commences, the reader immediately knows this book is something far different than their mind expects, and the non-stop action takes them on the ride of their lives.

    In New York City, 2082, a brand new United Nations Headquarters is in the spotlight, as all the world’s leaders arrive to view the opening ceremonies of the grand building. Smack-dab in the center of the new hall stands a sculpture dedicated to the founders of ‘Women for Peace’. The artist has done a wonderful job, profiling all thirteen women in the sculpture who lost their lives in a terrorist attack many years before. The commemoration of the work dubs this group as the martyrs who will forever depict the peace movement. But…shortly after the dedication, an explosion rocks the building.

    Heading back in time, the reader observes the action taking place two weeks before this ceremony is to be held. The Security Director for the UN building, Julia Moro, believes a terrorist group is planning an attack at the event, and is beyond frightened. She will do anything to stop this from happening, so Julia races to find the leader of the group who seems to be the invisible man. As Julia digs deeper, she finds herself stuck in a web of secrets from her own past that may just have a direct connection with the horror-show she’s trying to stop.

    This thriller does bring a fresh quality to the often-used terrorist angle. But with such a multitude of twists and turns, make sure to double your efforts to keep total concentration at all times.

  • Sterlingcindysu

    Well, I have to agree with the current Goodreads ranking of 2.92. There's two problems with it--the writing and the story.

    Petrocelli writes this in alternating chapters of long-ago history and recent history. At times there's flashbacks of even further back, so you're going three layers deep. At the end you understand how all the people are related to each other but it's hard work the first third. Even more than halfway through, I was thrown when the person I thought was an intern suddenly turn

    Well, I have to agree with the current Goodreads ranking of 2.92. There's two problems with it--the writing and the story.

    Petrocelli writes this in alternating chapters of long-ago history and recent history. At times there's flashbacks of even further back, so you're going three layers deep. At the end you understand how all the people are related to each other but it's hard work the first third. Even more than halfway through, I was thrown when the person I thought was an intern suddenly turned into a Defense Secretary. It all takes place in the future, so there's near future and far future and keeping up with the changes of living, technology, etc.

    And the story, well, if it's supposed to be a mystery, even as someone who doesn't read mysteries could figure out who was doing what. If it's just supposed to be a thriller, the climax was very anti-.

    I'm surprised that a man would be so hard on his own sex.

  • Dee Halzack

    I gotta say it was suspenseful. And a quick read.

    Futuristic but realistic. I could even see how the conditions the author posited for the future have their roots in our current reality. The book was published in 2013 and even fit in with the results of the last election! Disturbing in a lot of ways, even if the ending was more upbeat that it seemed it might be.

    I found it hard to follow though because it jumped between two or three time periods.

  • Rebecca McNutt

    I liked the plot of

    - the writing, not so much. There was some odd word choices, in fact a few typos, and there was no personality to the characters, no imagery to the setting, it was more fueled by its action and high-tension storyline than anything else.

  • Valentina

    This is probably the dullest book I’ve read this year. It started off slow, continued on slow, and ended slow. It is advertised as a thriller, but I have no idea how anyone could have chosen to describe this book as anything remotely thrilling.

    I think one of the biggest issues the novel has is that it jumps too much from past to present, from one character to another. It got to the point where I remember picking the book up and not having a clue as to who was speaking or what was going on becau

    This is probably the dullest book I’ve read this year. It started off slow, continued on slow, and ended slow. It is advertised as a thriller, but I have no idea how anyone could have chosen to describe this book as anything remotely thrilling.

    I think one of the biggest issues the novel has is that it jumps too much from past to present, from one character to another. It got to the point where I remember picking the book up and not having a clue as to who was speaking or what was going on because it’d been jumping around so much. I usually enjoy books that move back and forwards in time, but this one was a mess for me.

    And then the action itself. Although it deals with terrorist attacks and what-not, there is actually very little action that happens on the page and is not part of someone’s back-story. I found my mind wandering too much throughout reading it and it took me much longer to get through it than I wanted. This is not one I’d recommend unless you have just run out of your Lunesta and need a good night’s sleep.

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