The 13th Hour: Chaos
by Richard Doetsch
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Pub Date 3 May 2022 | Archive Date 26 May 2022
Richard Doetsch returns with a stand-alone sequel to his international bestseller, The 13th Hour, published in twenty-two countries.
On a warm Fourth of July in the quiet town of Byram Hills, Nick Quinn watches as his wife and daughter die in an unprecedented terrorist attack.
Amid the disaster, Nick is approached by a dying friend who hands Nick an antique pocket watch.
Emotionally shattered and desperate, Nick takes the watch and is shocked to find himself propelled back in time to where he was an hour ago, before the attack on his town. Quickly stopping the course of events, his relief is shattered as life spirals in an even more tragic direction.
At the top of each hour, the watch sends Nick back two hours to live one hour again, a backwards march to relive each hour of his day. A twelve-hour journey providing precious but limited time to protect Julia and Katy and uncover the source of the ever growing threat.
But each time Nick thinks he’s solved the crime and secured the future, he uncovers new levels of deception, agony, and betrayal, ultimately revealing a far more sinister plot with unexpected players and grim, global consequences.
If Nick hasn’t set things right by the 13th hour, not only will his wife and daughter be lost forever to the chaos, but an even greater catastrophe will be unleashed upon the world.
“Times flies—only backward—in this riveting new thriller! And the pages fly by, too! The story starts with a bang—literally—and hurtles in reverse toward a climax as clever as it is shocking.”
—Robert Masello, author of The Haunting of H.G. Wells
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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.
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.
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