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The 13th Hour: Chaos

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Whew! This was a crazy, exciting thriller where the Protagonist, Nick Quinn, sees his wife and daughter die in a terrorist attack. He then uses a watch that turns back time - 1 hour at a time for 12 hours only - to try to thwart the attack and save his wife and daughter. This was a fun read, but the time hopping got a little confusing at times. I will definitely look for more books by Richard Doetsch! Special thanks to @NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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This thriller is about terrorism and time travel.

After an act of terrorism kills Nick's wife and daughter, he is given a watch by a dying friend. Every hour the watch transports him back two hours - before the act of terrorism. Yet each time he uncovers another level of corruption and evil. 

If he can't figure it out and stop the terrorist by the 13th hour, all is lost.

Doetsch has written a thriller that kept me up way too late. I just couldn't put it down.
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There’s a big 4th of July celebration going on in the small town of Byram Hills, and Nick Quinn’s wife Julia is in charge of a fundraising reception for Senator Chase that evening. But when a terrorist attack blows up the town’s huge dam, Nick watches thousands being killed, including his own wife and daughter. 

Several years earlier, Nick had the chance to save his wife’s life using a strange pocket watch that turned back time, giving him a chance to right wrongs, one hour at a time, but only for twelve hours. Nick enlists two friends to help him use the watch again, but they quickly learn there’s more than just a simple terrorist act going on. Every time Nick jumps back an hour, more complications appear, and he’s not sure who he can trust. And, of course, when you alter the past unintended consequences occur that change the future.

I read the first 13th Hour book several years ago and it has always been one of those books that stuck with me. The whole idea was so original. You probably don’t need to read that book first, but will most likely want to after you finish this one. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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When you crack open the cover of this book and see that Chapter 12 is ready to start you off, it is not a misprint!  This uniquely structured story is a novel told in reverse.

Nick arrives at 5pm to the swanky party his wife is hosting for a presidential candidate wannabee they went to school with and who Nick can barely tolerate.  Within two hours everyone, including Nick, will be dead.  Wiped out by an explosion.  Or were they?

Nick jolts awake a bit worse for wear, standing in the very place he stood at 5pm, but now its 4pm.  Trying to clear the fog of his confusion, he remembers his dying friend handing him a bag and saying, “listen carefully, don’t let that bag out of your sight.  He’s coming for you; he’s coming for your family.”

Nick soon discovers that he in possession of a pocket watch that allows him to go back in time for small increments, but only for a twelve-hour period.  One step forward, two steps back. Nick can alter this horrific outcome, but the obstacles in his way are ceaseless and powerful, and someone else has their own watch. 

This adrenaline rush of a story asks the reader to imagine that the world as you knew it fell off its axis.  You see the people you loved die, in grisly ways, your home disappears, your government collapses…

And what if you could undo it all? What if you could change the future? What consequences could you tolerate?

I kept expecting to find spots in the story that were misaligned due to the reverse telling, but this author ensures everything fits together like clockwork.
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On a warm Fourth of July in the quiet New York town of Byram Hills, Nick Quinn watches as his wife and daughter die—along with his closest friends and family—in an unprecedented terrorist attack.
Amid the disaster, Nick is approached by one of his closest friends, gunshot and dying. With his last breath, he hands Nick an antique pocket watch that possesses the power to rewrite the recent past.  This book is so gripping that I couldnt have put it down even if I had wanted too, which coincidently I didnt want too. The story is so unpredictable and tense full of suspense and mystery, I loved it.
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Very thrilling and full of excitement, the author counts the book down in a backwards fashion. It took lots of concentration at times to really follow the story.  Because I had to work my brain so hard I gave it 3 stars although I think it will be higher rated by most people. I admire the mind of the author! Thank you to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Thankyou to NetGalley,  Permuted Press and the author,  Richard Doetsch, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The 13th Hour Chaos in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. 
I am utterly speechless.  
I read the original 13th Hour and couldn't put it down.  Such a brilliant concept and a fantastic read. How could the author possibly match that. Well, this author certainly has. 
The 13th Hour Chaos delivers a roller-coaster ride of twists, turns and deja vu with an incredible conclusion that you don't see coming. 
Absolutely brilliant. 
Highly recommended
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