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    High- Octane DC thriller

    3.5 Thirteen Across is a high-octane read from page one. Fast-paced and full of action, we dive right into the case without a lot of background on the characters or context on their departments. I found out after reading, that this is second in a series and I recommend reading book one (The Singularity Witness) first. I struggled at times keeping track of all of the acronyms and the different players and organizations, but definitely learned a lot of military and spy jargon along the way. I loved the crossword puzzle as a key tool to solve the case. It kept me engaged and trying to guess the clues myself. I was never completely sure who the good guys and the bad guys were and even who was actually dead and alive! I recommend this book for fans of Dan Brown and anyone who enjoys a good CIA/FBI conspiracy thriller. Thank you to Meryl Moss Media and the author Dan Grant for a copy for review.
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    Really Great Story

    Many thanks to Meryl Moss Media and Dan Grant for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of Thirteen Across. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Kate Morgan is on her way to a congressional hearing when a bomb goes off on her train. The bomb was not a coincidence and Kate quickly begins to realize that the bomber is after her. Philip Barnes wants Kate to pay for her sins. He has planted seven more bombs to go off unless Kate can stop him first. Barnes leaves clues in the form of puzzles. In comes Will Shortz, puzzle maker extraordinaire, to help try and solve the clues before more people die. Captain Rachel Pratt, an Army Ranger, has been brought in as a liaison on the case when she loses her squad in another explosion. It turns out that Rachel is very much acquainted with Barnes. They used to be lovers. We then find out that Rachel and Philip were experimented on, genetically engineered to be super soldiers. Seven more stops. Kate knows she is the target and doesn’t want any more innocent people to get hurt. Can she atone for her past sins? Rachel and Philip have been little more than lab rats. Will their past stay a secret. They know that only one of them will survive their next encounter. Can Shortz figure out the encrypted clues that Barnes is leaving? CIA, FBI, the military, human experiments and puzzles that take you from one landmark to another in Washington, D.C., this is a wild ride. This story contains so many different elements, all of which I loved. You have the basic bad guy who is going to blow up stuff. You are trying to figure out his motivation with a countdown to the end. Add to it the mystery of what Kate did to make her a target. Next, you layer the crossword puzzles on top of that. Then, you have the uber soldier, human experiments, government secrets. Yes! But never did it feel like too many things going on, confusing or competing storylines. Everything was connected. Since I have been sick, maybe because of the medication, but lately I have a huge problem with names. So in the beginning, I did have to make sure I had everybody straight, but quickly that went away. I love when a story contains real-life characters. The involvement of Will Shortz was brilliant. He is a puzzle master and is the editor and creator for the New York Times crossword. Even though it is a fictionalized version of himself, I am still a fan. I was invested in the mysteries and the characters. I had not read Dan Grant before, so I was unfamiliar with Kate’s backstory. It didn’t bother me at all, I never felt that I needed to go back and read it before understanding this story. It stood on its own. But I will go back and read because I am a fan now. I really enjoyed this one!
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    Dan Grant’s Thirteen Across

    Boom!! The Orange commuter train line explodes!! FBI agent Kate Morgan is on the the commuter train. A briefcase is found near the scene that has been left with her name on it. In it, a puzzle that she needs to solve or more people die including her. Powerful, stunning, blood chilling, explosive, riveting and power packed, psychological, emotional, heart aching read!! The story grips the reader from the first page. It keeps intensifying until the very last word. Tension, drama, suspense, thrills and chills surround each clue and destination. The characters are all multifaceted, three dimensional, well written in a very complex, informative puzzle. The plot is extremely complicated. It will keep the reader on the edge of your seat as you go along with the characters to see if the terrorizing clues can be found to beat the clock. Loved learning about the out of the spotlight place in Washington, DC. I volunteered to read Thirteen Across, A Puzzle with a Violent Solution. Thanks to Reading Deals for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
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    13 across

    Well written very very complicated too long should be 200 pages shorter
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