The 13th Hour: Chaos
by Richard Doetsch
September 5 - 30, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
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.
Praise for The 13th Hour: Chaos:
"The story truly excels with its engaging, nonstop pursuit of the truth… Genuinely intriguing whodunit... A fun and compelling time-travel thriller… The taut, well-conceived plot unravels and reforms with twisty surprises and elements of politics, revenge, and Machiavellian villainy."
"Doetsch delivers another compelling and complex thriller. The twists and turns are non-stop"
Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Ingenious. A jigsaw puzzle in book form. A love story, a political potboiler, and a thriller that upends expectations with every turn of the page. It carried me from heartbreaking opening to the razor edge of its ending in one sitting. My foot is already tapping as I wait impatiently for a third installment!"
James Rollins, #1 NY Times bestselling author
"The 13th Hour: Chaos boasts a blistering original structure that propels the story along at a relentless pace... A thinking man’s thriller... With Doetsch driving, it’s a wild ride indeed..."
The Providence Sunday Journal
"I haven’t read a race against time this intense… The 13th Hour: Chaos is a time-bending adventure of epic proportions and scary consequences."
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This must have been a hard book to plot. I wondered sometimes if it all worked. An example is when the dam tragedy is being watched on TV and Dreyfus walks in. But it is the earlier dam tragedy and not the later one. (967-973/5628) By the time I tried to figure it out, I had lost the flow of the plot. Another example is when one character had the watch and used it several times but now did not have it. We are told he only knows the present, not the future hours he experienced when he had the watch. (4573/5628) And the guy who now has the watch does seem to know what happened. At one point a character suspended belief as there were two copies of the same cell phone in the same place and time. (1072/5628) And at times the narrative jumps to back story without notification. (2793/5628)
This is a hard novel to follow. One must constantly be aware of the hour and the characters being followed. One must also be aware of whether we are before or after this death or that tragedy. At one point we are told, “Nick still struggled to keep the order of the day straight.” (1278/5628) Nick, I know how you felt. And you were living it, I was just reading about it. There are so many twists and turns and guys who seem good in one hour yet seem bad in another hour, I was never able to keep it all straight.
This is a novel for readers who like a plot where one must continually be aware of the plot's progression . . . backward. Skim a paragraph or two and you might get very lost. It's an innovative plot and I admire that. It is a novel that requires concentration, however.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication Date: May 3rd 2022
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 1637583060 (ISBN13: 9781637583067)
Series:A Nick Quinn Thriller; The 13th Hour Series
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)