Suspense Magazine says The Circle of Thirteen “offers an intriguing plot” that takes readers “on the ride of their lives.” (March 2014)
“The Circle of Thirteen by William Petrocelli
“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 extremely fast thriller offers an intriguing plot that brings a fresh quality to the often-used terrorist angle. With such a multitude of twists and turns, this writer has doubled his efforts to make sure the reader’s concentration is held at all times.”
Reviewed by Mary Lignor, Professional Librarian & Co-Owner of The Write Companion