Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"There’s a recurring theme in literature about a 'band of brothers' —the Knights of the Roundtable, the Seven Samurai, the Three Musketeers—who devote themselves to a higher cause. Maybe this story fits that genre. If so, it’s an archetype with a twist. This band of brothers is a band of sisters." ~ William Petrocelli

How far do the ripples of violence go? The Circle of Thirteen begins with a mindless act of family violence in 2008 and spans seven decades, finally culminating in the desperate effort by Julia Moro, the U.N. Security Director, to stop a major act of terror. In this rich, textured thriller, Bill Petrocelli weaves the story around themes of poverty, political corruption, environmental disaster, and the backlash against the rising role of women.

In 2082, as a catastrophic explosion threatens to destroy the new United Nations building in New York, Julia Moro finds herself on the trail of the shadowy leader of Patria, a terrorist organization linked to bombing attempts and vicious attacks on women. One of those groups of women – the Women for Peace — was headed by thirteen bold women who risked their lives to achieve world peace and justice.

Weaving back and forth in time, this gripping narrative illuminates the unbreakable bond between strong women, providing an emotionally grounded window into the future’s unforgettable history. This is a thrilling ride that will mesmerize until the end.

Read an interview with the author HERE.

Jackie says:
"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 thing fresh, enough feminism to make it fascinating (and me wishful), and enough fast-paced storytelling to keep me reading into the wee hours. This is an impressive debut novel that I urge any lover of mysteries to read."

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