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13 (Tallent & Lowery) [Kindle Edition]

Amy Lignor
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Book Description

“Snappy dialogue, fast pacing and attention to detail complete the formula for this successful novel!!”
4 ½ Stars (RT Rating)
—Romantic Times

In 1902, in a dark room on the fifth floor of Carnegie Hall, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that had been set in stone thousands of years before.

In 2012, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America's famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.

Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life's pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.

From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists...Hell.

“Get ready for a thrill ride with Amy Lignor’s “13” in the Tallent & Lowery adventure series! Sharp writing, witty dialogue and a quest that rivals “The Da Vinci Code.”
—Susan Fleet, author of “Natalie’s Revenge”

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About the Author

Being the daughter of a librarian, Amy was hooked on books from the moment she could open one. Action and suspense with a bit of the historical thrown in was the formula that got her adrenaline flowing, which is why her writing is all about putting an adventure on the page that will entice book lovers everywhere.

Beginning with historical adventure, The Heart of a Legend, Amy went on to write in the YA realm, creating the dark adventure trilogy, The Angel Chronicles. Working with Suspense Publishing, the team of Tallent & Lowery appeared, offering up intriguing puzzles, suspense, and all-out action. With 13; The Sapphire Storm; The Hero’s Companion; The Charlatan’s Crown; and, The Double-Edged Sword coming up next, the series provides thrills, chills, and unforgettable fun.

A member of the International Thriller Writers Association (ITW), Amy is also an editor for Suspense Magazine, and a member of the Algonquin Roundtable. A contributor and book reviewer for many publications, Amy also works with debut authors to get new ‘voices’ in fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2772 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Suspense Publishing (November 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AG5G3VE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
13 follows a young woman named Leah who works at a library. She loves her books and everything they represent. She is a smart woman who invests her life in research and facts. But one day at a special event at the library she works at, she meets a man that is obviously off his rocker. Or is he? Gareth is on a mission like no other. He is searching for an artifact that could change the world completely. Problem is the only way to find the artifact is with Leah's help. She is not the most adventurous or a believer in his crazy stories. But out of curiosity, she helps. But the deeper into the mystery they go, the more dangerous things become. But they aren't aware just how much danger they are really in.

I had a blast with this 13, I couldn't put it down. Someone said this was Indiana Jones meets The DaVinci Code. That is quite the perfect description of this read. It was so much fun uncovering these mysteries with the characters. I love the history that plays a part in the story as well. Lignor definitely put a lot of work into this and it shows. I specifically loved the usage of the Winchester House. I heard about that story years ago and to this day it keeps me out. I saw a tour of the house on tv once and I know I will never step foot into it. The whole scene Lignor had in the house is one of my favorite scenes in this book though. Brilliant.

I loved the characters. Leah and Gareth are ying and yang. Leah is very uptight and a loner. Gareth is charming and laid back. But together, they worked very well. I love the tension between them. Their scenes together are very memorable for me, They are so funny together and I found myself smiling every time they had a conversation. They were so compatible, it felt real and natural when they were together.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flat out wonderful! January 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
13 is a flat-out, slam-dunk, no-questions-asked-terrific-adventure. Try not to turn the pages too fast because the wonderfully complex characters deserve you take your time and really get to know them. This is truly a magical story that had me in its thrall from the very first page. It's so exciting to discover a new talent like Lignor and have more books to look forward to.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Amy Lignor has created a masterpiece of the horrifying revelations that takes the newly introduced team of Gareth Lowery, and Leah Tallent through an incredible journey to find the Gate to Heaven. However, to get to this gate, they must navigate their way through Hell. The plot is new and innovative, the locales and legends true, and the battle of good and evil handled with riveting imagination, wisdom, love, suspense, and intensity so profound, I had to concentrate on breathing just as hard as the characters did as the story rose to a near earth-shattering climax. I appreciated the human fallibility of the characters, and the ability of the author to keep things "down to earth" avoiding religious rhetoric and high and lofty preaching in the battle of good and evil. In other words, the characters are easily related to as any regular guy or gal could be, their interactions and conversations those of every day people, and you find yourself absolutely glued into their personalities, suffering with them, pulling for them, and begging from your own gut-feelings that they make the right choices. I'm happily drained from the emotions I felt, the wisdom left to ponder, and the promise of the next journey of Tallent and Lowery. 5 stars and a deserved standing ovation! A story I was sad to see end, even though I was exhausted and in need of time to relax all my muscles from the tension and breathlessness! Yes, you must remember to BREATHE through the story as its pace quickens, and the danger rises to the end. Whew!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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A fantastic adventure that will have you hooked from page 1.
I loved 13! It was written beautifully with nice descriptions that made you feel like you were there with Gareth and Leah. The story was fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out the different clues and where their journey would take them next! It reminded me a little of National Treasure. I really enjoyed the fact that there was something new to discover around every corner both about the characters and the artifacts that they were seeking.
Okay Leah is a great character that I would love to be friends with, but I am extremely jealous of her. I mean come on she is brilliant and gets to hang around books all day, what could be better? As cool as she is though she does have some things to learn and goes through some personal growth in this book. I liked that she could be vulnerable at times too because it made her human and more relatable. I loved her banter with Gareth they are a fantastic team, even if they do get on each other's nerves from time to time.
Gareth is quirky and brilliant in his own right. I really liked him and his crazy schemes. I found that he could be quite charming when he wanted to be. There was definitely some crazy chemistry between him and Leah. What I liked most about the relationship between these two is that it was so natural. It wasn't perfect by any means and they knew it, but they genuinely loved each other and knew that true love takes courage and patience.
I loved the banter between Leah and Gareth and felt that they were a great team. I can't wait to see what other adventures these two get involved in future books!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but a little shallow.
The main character of the story is a librarian working at the New York Public Library. She meets a handsome stranger who turns out to be searching for mysterious orbs that open... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marc Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down and now want more
Totally new concept weaving myth, mystery, and religion with good and evil. Similar genre as Dan Brown. Fast paved plot and satisfying conclusion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by reiningldy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! Bought the next one in the series and can't wait to read it!
Published 2 months ago by Brandy
5.0 out of 5 stars 13(Tallent & Lowery)
This was an extremely interesting and exciting journey. I could not put it down until I got to the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Tittsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 3 months ago by Milton Schaus
1.0 out of 5 stars 13 By Amy Lignor
I thought that I would like this book....but I don't.
Sure the characters were different and some very cool,
but I didn't really like the story itself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shirley in Alaska~
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I could not put this down. The author made the story interesting and kept things moving along well. I hope to read more of her work.
Published 3 months ago by William Breckenridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting tale
The author did a good job at creating an interesting storyline by weaving in factual history and combining religious and secular beliefs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ann Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Good book but some long winded chapters. Heavy religious overtones but can be overlooked to mythology of religion. Please enjoy.
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Resnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I so loved this book! Great story, great character development. Plausible story! The characters are in the next book, but it was not a cliffhanger! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dinora P. Collins
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More About the Author

As the daughter of a career librarian I grew up loving books; 'Patience & Fortitude' at the NYPL were my heroes. Beginning with my first book of historical romance which was titled, The Heart of a Legend, and moving into the action/adventure world with a series called, Tallent & Lowery, I have been very lucky. And now entering the foray of the YA genre, I am truly excited about the future.

Working as an editor in the publishing industry for decades, I am now the Owner/Operator of The Write Companion ( which offers full editing, ghostwriting and proofreading services to authors. I am a contributor to Suspense Magazine and various other literary publications such as The RT (Romantic Times).

I am a contributor for Ruby For Women, and many of my writings have touched people's hearts, which makes me very proud. I have also become a Goodreads Librarian with many followers for my blogs. And Until Next Time has started it's HUGE blog tour which is very exciting. To join in on the action head to and watch it go :)

Until Next Time, Everybody,

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