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The Circle of Thirteen

By William Petrocelli

The Circle of Thirteen
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2013,
    336 pages.

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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 attempts and vicious attacks on women, including the Women of Peace - an organization headed by thirteen bold women who have risked their lives to restore worldwide peace. As Julia's investigation unfolds, a deep secret from her past threatens to strip her of everything she cherishes and plunge her into unrecoverable darkness.

The Circle of Thirteen's gripping narrative weaves back and forth in time, from an act of domestic violence that created the disturbed personality of the Patria mastermind, to the two weeks leading up to the bombing at the UN, to events half a century before the bombing that directly influence it. The strong, relatable women and the unbreakable bond between them provide an emotionally grounded window into the future's unforgettable history.

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"The Circle of Thirteen is a remarkable tale, nothing less than visionary account of a new world order, fascinating and provocative." - John Lescroart, NYT bestselling author of The Thirteenth Juror

"A wonderful, uplifting thriller full of strong and unforgettable women, a book that will keep you turning the page." - Abraham Verghese, NYT bestselling author of Cutting for Stone

We open the door upon a world so near to our own - and yet so far. A fantastic, futuristic view of the reality that we may already have created." - Katherine Neville, international bestselling author of The Eight

"The Circle of Thirteen is a true celebration of the power of women in the face of great odds." - Lisa See, #1 NYT bestselling author of Dreams of Joy and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

"A unique and thoughtful thriller." - Martin Cruz Smith, NYT bestselling author of Gorky Park and December 6

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Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Sally
The Circle of Thirteen
I found the book subject interesting but only finished half of it as it traveled between times and characters at a rapid rate. I just could not settle into the story.

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Bill Petrocelli is the co-owner, with his wife Elaine, of the famed independent San Francisco Bay Area Book Passage bookstores. As a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California and a poverty lawyer in Oakland, Petrocelli has long been an advocate for women's rights. The Circle of Thirteen is his first novel.

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