Reading and Discussion Questions for
13 DAYS: THE PYTHAGORAS CONSPIRACY


by L. A. Starks


What could spike gasoline prices up again?


Energy executive Lynn Dayton thinks her challenge is fixing the troubled refinery her company has just acquired on the Houston Ship Channel. But soon she must save it, and other oil refineries, from the industrial havoc and deaths directed by a French saboteur, simultaneously fighting off threats to her own life.


As Lynn deals with chemical leaks, disloyal employees, a new season of hurricanes, and mounting casualties, Robert Guillard, a corrupted idealist, plans to manipulate her through her vulnerable sister.


But Robert underestimates his prey.


Discussion Questions (click here for a printable version)

  1. What is your view of Lynn Dayton? What motivates her to dig deeper into the apparent “accident”?

  2. How did and does Lynn's father influence her? Though her mother is no longer alive, what influences of her mother do you see in Lynn?
5 Stars. 13 Days takes readers on a fast-paced ride into the world of petroleum. Difficult to believe this is a debut novel. The characterization is exquisite. The plot is exciting and informative.”--Readers Favorite


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  1. Is the conflict between Lynn's inner voice and what she says aloud realistic? In what situations do you think there is even more conflict between what we think and what we say?

  2. In what ways is the character of Lynn Dayton shaped by circumstances today, so that in twenty years she might be unrecognizable. In what ways is she a timeless character?

  3. What's your view of the personal and family elements of Lynn's life? Do they slow down the pace? Are they realistic? Are they too simplified: family obligations are even more demanding than portrayed here?

  4. Aside from Lynn's knowledge and experience, what else in her background helps her succeed in her investigation and in saving her sister?

  5. What role does Preston Li play in the book? Dwayne Thomas? Reese Spencer?

  6. What's your reaction to the character of Jean-Marie Taylor? Why?

  7. Have you ever encountered someone like Robert Guillard? In what circumstances? Do you agree with his idealism, even a little?

  8. The scenes with the Robert Guillard take us beyond the Texas setting. What comes to mind when you think about Paris?

  9. What was your reaction to Ceil's revelation about her experience in Gabon?

  10. How does Starks manipulate pacing? What are the most suspenseful moments?

  11. What parts of the oil industry/business scenes resonate most strongly with you? Why?

  12. What surprised you most in 13 Days?

  13. As the plot proceeds, is it possible to guess or deduce who the Centennial mercenaries (inside killers) are? If so, at what point and on what grounds?

  14. Secrets and their revelation form the center of many books. What secrets are revealed here?

  15. What did you find to be most compelling about 13 Days: the action scenes, the characters, the setting, or something else entirely?

  16. What do you see as the message or theme of this book?