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Thirteen [Kindle Edition]

Tom Hoyle
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Thirteen is a rattling good read and I suspect there will be plenty of adults, like me, who will be very happy to add this to their reading piles. (

Fast-paced and brimming with action, menace and suspense, Thirteen is a truly gripping and gritty thriller. (Lancashire Evening Post)

I found myself gripped and not able to put it down until I knew what happened. The author has a sequel planned and I will be looking out for it. (

This was a very strong debut novel, the villains were fantastic and all the more eerie because these kinds of people actually exist. If you know any young to mid teens with a penchant for thrillers and tense action stories, this is definitely the story for them. (

As with any great adventure the closing passages were built up with tension and it had a great setting in the streets of London, feeling ready-made for a film adaptation. I would recommend this book at the younger teen but anything that can get young males reading is worthy of acclaim and I think this book will certainly do that. (

The characters were great, both the 'good' and the 'bad'. Coron was a brilliant crazy cult leader. Adam was a really likeable character, and the way he fantasised about being a hero before talking sense into himself was really cute. It is definitely something I would recommend for a younger, male reader who enjoys books such as The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. (

I loved the storyline of thirteen kids being born on the 1st of January 2000 and a clan of crazy ass people chasing after them to kill them before they hit the age of 14 so that their leader can "cleanse the world" of evil. It makes you realise how easily persuaded and gullible humans actually are. (

A great read for everyone but it will join my list of reads for boy, particularly those finding reading an effort aged 12-16. (The School Librarian)

Thirteen is an explosive read that is very readable. It's dangerous, disturbing and always exciting. The ending is mindblowingly brilliant and I'm very eager to get my hands on book 2. (

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Born at midnight in London, on the stroke of the new millennium, Adam is the target of a cult that believes boys born on this date must die before the end of their thirteenth year. Twelve boys have been killed so far. Coron, the crazy cult leader, will stop at nothing to bring in his new kingdom. And now he is planning a spectacular bombing across London to celebrate the sacrifice of his final victim: Adam.

Thirteen is the first in an exciting action series from debut author Tom Hoyle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Hoyle doesn't exist - he was never born, will never die (great!), and doesn't eat or sleep. He is a pseudonym. Some information suggests that he is a teacher, perhaps a Head Teacher, though that may also be a cover, given that Thirteen and Spiders are written to be page-turners full of danger, and not the sort of thing that a teacher would produce.

Thirteen is set in London and most of Spiders set in Scotland, so perhaps that's a clue.

Tom Hoyle was born overseas and now lives in the UK. He wrote Thirteen during the London Olympics and sent it, chapter-by-chapter to his godson, who demanded to be entertained. The next reader was also a kid, and when he liked it, the book was sent off to Macmillan. He certainly writes for kids, both boys and girls, and if adults enjoy it, that's a bonus.

The sequel to Thirteen, Spiders, was published in 2014, and he is now working on Survivor, a book mainly set in Australia and to be released in 2015.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A. Lyle
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son (13 years) devoured Thirteen in more or less one siting. It has all the ingredients he's after in a book: thriller action (often dark and violent); fast-paced; a rollicking good plot and some really fantastic characters. He hates fantasy so it's a relief to find a good story about 'real' kids set in a real place. And, yes, as the publishers suggest: he loved the Cherub series too. He gave it the big thumbs up and wants the next one. A good thing one's promised soon. Three cheers for books that get kids reading!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, well written! 20 Mar. 2014
By DaisyDaisy VINE VOICE
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The idea behind this book is excellent! I couldn't wait to read more about the psychotic cult and to see if they succeeded.

Overall, I thought the book was brilliant; the characters were well thought out and believable (apart from Meg's annoying parents) and I actually cared what happened to them.

The book was full of twists and turns and was an exciting read.

The only reason the book didn't get full marks was because I felt the end was very rushed. There were 200 plus pages leading to the finale and it was over in less than ten. (Viper is a trained fighter, but lets a 13 year old girl punch her in the face?) Also, the lead up to the next book was just casually mentioned at the end, with no lead up to it or mention of it anyway earlier on in the book. Though this will in no way stop me looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His Days Are Numbered. 14 Sept. 2014
By Lauren Doughton VINE VOICE
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I wanted to like this book. The premise, surrounding a sinister cult who attempt to hunt down and kill a thirteen year old boy before his fourteenth birthday sounds thrilling . The cult believe that they are on the edge of the dawn of a Great New Era, and this boy, born at midnight at the beginning of the new millennium, is all that stands in the way of their success. 12 boys have already died, leaving only one, Adam, to be found. Coron, the leader of what appears to be a cult composed entirely of teenagers, will stop at nothing to ensure that he is found and destroyed.

As I said, I wanted to like this book. And yet somehow I found it left me completely flat - and if I was reviewing this on my own behalf, I would probably have only given it three stars at most.. It should be noted that I am not the target audience for this story. However I do read, and enjoy an awful lot of YA fiction. Often, I find that the YA genre deals most honestly with issues of identity, sexuality, love, and the future of the world in general (think The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Chaos Walking trilogy etc). The main barrier to my enjoyment of this book was that I found I couldn't engage with the characters properly. There was something stilted about the way they talked, and they all seemed to be speaking in the same sassy streetwise lingo. I presumed that the problem was that the author hadn't authentically captured the way that young people talk, or had applied a general understanding of youth culture to all his characters without allowing for adequate differentiation between them all as individuals. Actually however, on reflection, I think the problem is simpler than that. This is a novel about teenagers, for teenagers, and I am no longer a teenager.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing!! 17 Mar. 2014
One truly amazing book! I saw this in the shop and it just wouldn't leave my head, I HAD to buy it! I'm so glad I did, the best £7 I ever spent! there is so much action and many twists, I read this book in a day, I just couldn't put it down!
Tom Hoyle is one amazing author! Can't wait for more of his books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THRILLS EVER MOUNTING 5 Mar. 2014
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Crazed Coron heads a cult convinced a Great New Era is about to dawn. Just one problem. All could be thwarted by The Imposter, born at the stroke of midnight when 2000 began. No way must he reach the age of fourteen. But who is he? Already twelve possibilities have been terminated. Just one to go. Adam Grant....

Suddenly an ordinary schoolboy thus become someone special, increasingly desperate as attempts are made on his life. Nobody around him is safe, including family and friends. From now on, expect high speed excitement with deaths in plenty, Adam's plight ever more critical as his fourteenth birthday nears.

Parents should perhaps first check out the novel if fearing the content too strong for impressionable young minds. More likely, many young readers may enthusiastically recommend to older members of the family such an exhilarating read.

Theme far-fetched? Not as much as some may think. In an appendix the author details past real life cults horrendously in the news.

Tom Hoyle has done most ably what he set out to do - fast moving adventures which hold most readers engrossed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book to buy for any 12+ reluctant reader 29 Sept. 2014
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Gripping Teen fiction, on which I now plan to get the opinion of my nephew (also called Adam and aged 13). This is written in a way that keeps your attention and makes you not want to put it down; the author is a Headteacher and clearly understands how to write a compelling book; I'm sure it will appeal to the target audience.

Adam is the only remaining survivor of a very special group; boys born just after midnight on 1st January 2000, although, because of a complicated adoption, he is unaware of his own true birthdate. The other 12 have already been killed by cultists who believe this necessary in order to ensure the rise of their leader to rule the world. The story recounts Adam's cat-and-mouse dealings with the cult (many of whom are children and teens) who have managed to track him down. With adults unable to help him, or actively dangerous to him, Adam's closest friend proves to be his only ally, but this also puts her in enormous danger.

The ending, while very satisfying, nonetheless leaves an opening for a sequel. I am sure this author has much more to write, and I look forward to reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good!
My son (13yrs) said it was very good. The book never signposted the endings, so you were never sure of the outcome. It just had a way of compelling him to continue reading. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Sacred and Bound
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
5 stars!!
Tom Hoyle is an epic writer. This book is action-packed, fast-paced and full of drama! I've just downloaded the sequel, Spiders. Can't wait to read it!! 😀
Published 29 days ago by TLOA
3.0 out of 5 stars Rushed ending.
I was really interested in this from the blurb and I thought my son might also be interested, he is 14 and has to read regularly at school, so I thought he might enjoy it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Smallvillenews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This is a dark thriller for young adults- around the 11-14 age group I would say, it is fast moving and very well written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Booth Bryce Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I was at first a little iffy about reading this due to some of the reviews. But they don't do the book any justice! I read this in one sitting and thought it was incredible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dinoninjasaur
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Outstanding
Just reading the plot summary made me wonder if this book was going to be suitable for a 12 year old girl, but I ordered it anyway on the grounds that the real world as reported on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Old Timer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous price and super quick delivery
Bought for my step-daughter who loves it! Fabulous price and super quick delivery! (48hrs) Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by rubyslippers
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen - a great read for a 13 year old reluctant reader
I have a 13 year old, mildly dyslexic, reluctant reader, and this is the first book in a long time that he has taken to. Read more
Published 5 months ago by karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent premise, slightly less impressive execution
This is a good book with an excellent central premise and a strong plot.

It rattles along at a good pace with generally pretty effective prose. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John E. Davidson
2.0 out of 5 stars So,so
I understand that i am 22yrs old and that this is a children's book but i had very high hopes for this story mainly because of the fact that when i bought it it had a little... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Reader08
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