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January

(Conspiracy 365 #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,932 ratings  ·  547 reviews
On New Year's Eve, Cal is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning:

They killed your father.
They'll kill you.
You must survive the next 365 days!

Forced into a life on the run, Cal finds himself hunted by ruthless criminals and the police. Somehow he must uncover the truth about his father's mysterious death and solve the Ormond Singularity, a secret from
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Kane Miller Book Pub (first published January 1st 2009)
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Torri start with January and keep reading in order of the months.
Ivy Fletcher I started this series when my mom surprised me with a box of the first 14 books there are still more I would like to read.

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Orient
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: young action fans :)
Shelves: desperado, hero
As I am a fan of action-thriller-hero-killer books, my cousin's son recommended this book to me. “January” has a lot to attract the teen readers. The reader is taken into thrilling action from the start and it goes on through the entire story. And the book is not long :D

The main character, an average teen, battles with sharks, runs away from criminals, breaks the law, tries to solve the mysteries, suffers loses and misunderstanding. He is rebellious and feels miserable as the adults in the book
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Melanie
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
its a short book so it's a short review. Find more at http://theyabooklover.blogspot.com.au/

I was intrigued to read Conspiracy 365. The series was recommended to me by my friend who is a huge fan. Being me, I took up the recommendation and tried it out.

This didn't necessarily disappoint me. It more like made me feel empty, this book's most horrid flaw was its depth. Yeah okay it was full of mystery, suspense and thriller but it didn't make me feel moved or intrigued at all. I felt like I was r
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Bradley
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book I decided to do my book talk on is called January and is in the Conspiracy 365 series. There were a lot of things in this book that was different from other books, for one thing, this book was written backwards, starting at page 185 and ending at page 1. Another thing that this books has that SOME other books have is that it show the time and date in the book, almost like a diary. What this book is about is that the main character, Callum Ormond (Cal), meets a man staggering down the s ...more
Esther
Apr 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
What a waste of money and time, even though I finished the book within 2 hours.
Feels like the writer tried to write this book within the week and had to make it to a deadline.

#Spoileralert

This book has no depth at all. I have no idea what most of the characters look like and they all lack personality.

The story is totally unbelievable. Within 180 pages of this book, the main character was on a sinking boat, almost eaten by sharks, kidnapped, robbed, wanted for murder on his little sister and uncl
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Ashley Jacobson
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-youth
Written for an older elementary school audience, but still intriguing. Cal is a 15 year old boy who is on the run trying to uncover and protect a family secret his dad died defending. I had to look past the unlikelihood that a 15 year old would actually be in these situations, but once I did, I was hooked. It took until the 2nd or 3rd book until I was convinced, but I'm super skeptical and have a hard time putting myself in different situations. I would recommend this book to any teen or preteen ...more
Odette Brethouwer
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What a nice quick read! The suspence is hughe, especially with a cliffhanger like that.. At my bookclub, we read one book of this series each month, but I'm SO glad it is almost February XD But nothing really special so an average 3*
Carter
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good and always kept me guessing what was going to happen next. This books about a boy, his father was killed and he finds out he's a secret agent. I think it would be cool to be a secret agent and have all the newest and coolest things. I don't know how this kid is doing this hes finding so much out about his dad that his dad never told him. I think I would be mad and stop trying to find so much out. Its almost like his dad had a whole different life that no one knew about. T ...more
Michelle
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Encouraging my son that reading is a good thing!!! I bought all 12 books and he reads them first and I read them after so we can talk about what is going on and what we think will happen next
!! Hoping this works. Very good read! Keeps it exciting and keeps our interest
Matthew 8/9
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a decent storyline, but it had good action elements to it. It ends on a cliffhanger though, so I will probably read the next one.
Starscraper99
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Conspiracy 365- January (Gabrielle Lord)
An Adventure/Detective Story
The Storyline:
The Plot In My Words (Spoiler Alert!)

This dramatic, emotional, gripping, action-packed book starts with the main character, Callum Ormond, being chased down his street by a crazed old man who warns him:
"They killed your father.
They'll kill you.
You must survive the next 365 days..."
And as the plot thickens, the mystery of the Ormond Singularity hangs in the air. Callum's boat is sabotaged and he barely escapes death
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, since it is not really the genre I normally read. What drew me into the action and adventure was the puzzle aspect of the story... the mysterious drawings, the enigma of the Ormond Singularity, the bad guys hiding in the shadows. The suspense is high, we don't know who to trust, and we have to question everything as the plot unfolds! I couldn't stop reading!

The plots moves forward at a fast pace, and the action just keeps coming. Every minute our her
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Simon Taylor
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Conspiracy 365 launches the first in a 12-part series with January. The story sees a 15-year-old Callum Ormond warned that he must survive the next 12 months in which various groups will try to kill him.

The concept introduces some fun ideas. The month-by-month serialisation is most likely a novelty, but the countdown after each date (362 days to go, etc.) adds to the air of urgency. The fact the page numbers count down to 1 is fun, and overall a lot of effort has been put into give a feeling of
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Kristen
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was another recommendation from Drea when I was whining about what to give my students to read next after the final Alex Rider was coming out. She's been a great source of knowledge when it comes to readalikes. This series is about a boy who finds himself in the middle of a very dangerous situation that has something to do with the research his father was doing before he died on their family origins. As this is the first book, only very little is revealed as to why everyone is after this se ...more
Carrie
Dec 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This is great idea for a series! A new book is scheduled for release every month this year. The month-named titles will prevent any confusion about what order in which they should be read.

It is a fast, plot-driven read that I think will appeal particularly to younger teen and pre-teen boys. The cover of the book lets you know that you are in for an action movie in book form...

...The chapters are time stamped, and while I understand the desire to break the book up in to short sections for relucta
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Linda
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book/ series is all that I expected it to be and then some. This series starts on New Year's Eve. Callum Ormond is a normal 15 year-old dealing with the sudden death of his father when he's approached by a wild-eyed man who warns him that he must hide out until the end of December or "they" will get him too. All of a sudden very dangerous accidents begin to happen to him. So begins the adventure; Callum becomes a fugitive in hiding as he searches for the answer to the few clues his father w ...more
Heather
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This Serial Novel is awesome. A must read!! As far as genre, it is a mix between 24 and Davinci Code. 15 yr old, Callum, must survive for 365 days, all the while trying to solve his dad's death and a family secret that sounds like it has the potential to make his family rich.

I would say as far as level or reading....it would begin with some 5th graders going up. I read it in about 2 hours. Easy, quick read but when I finished I was very anxious and eager for the next book. This leaves you hangi
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Heather
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I'd definitely recommend this series for approx 11-14 year old boys. It was recommended to me by my 12 year old son. It's a fast pace and exciting book, especially since the dates and page numbers are like a countdown. The series seems to really be one big book divided into small books for each month. I can understand the thinking behind this, as one really long book would probably be off putting to the target market, however, personally I'd rather just have it as one book.
Corbin Boe
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book I read is Conspiracy 365 January and the author is Gabrielle Lord. Realist fiction because there is things that can happen but didn't. There is a lot of places but mostly in San Diego on the beach. The main character is Boches and he is cool. Botches has to last one whole year without get caught by the police. I think this book is 5 star because it was so good I couldn't put the book down
Aaron Bower
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This adventure book was good. I liked it. I am going to read the next one in the series. Will Cal ever figure out who is hunting him down? Will he figure why they are chasing him? Will Cal figure out what really happened to his dad? There are 12 books and I hope I find out a few answers before I get to the last one. I think sixth grade boys would really like this series.
Rueben S
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love all of the books so far .I do not have a favorite. It is my favorite books that i have ever read. Its full of awesome nail biting chapters i think in on June. I also love the setup of the book. It starts on page 365 and it goes down to 1. It is the best book ever in my opinion. Its full of new characters and awesomeness 😯😯
Maison martell
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
i think this book was good. it was action packed. cal has 365 days to save his family. cal survives a boat crash.
Cassandra
I LOVED IT!!!!
Ali
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thursday 4, 2014
Callum Ormond is very confused in his life. This sick and crazy stranger follwos him in the streets. The man finally reaches Cal and says to him, "They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days!"(Lord 183) This warning came out of nowhere. Cal didn't even know what the man was talking about. Cal was very confused. "My confusion and fear deepened. Them? Who was them? What are you talking about? I asked again. Who's after me?"(Lord 184) This part was
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J.N.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was gifted this a couple of years ago and stumbled upon it while going through my books. It sounded interesting and since it was a book set in January, it sounded like a cool book to start.

Plot & Pacing

I don't typically reach for action when it comes to books but it felt like there was almost too much crammed into this short book. While I try to suspend my belief for books and movies like this, it got to where the plot was unrealistic and unrealistic. I even told my husband what was going
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Kamran Damick
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you had a series of unfortunate events: your father mysteriously dies of “natural causes,” you are accused of shooting your uncle, you are accused of shooting your sister? January, by Gabrielle Lord is about just that. This fabulous mystery novel is so great that you will never want to put it down! Callum (Cal) Ormond is just an ordinary teenager, there is nothing different about him, except for the fact that his father recently died due to “natural causes.” Following the de ...more
Malaki $Pencer
My book review is on Conspiracy 365 January. The reading level is a bit low its 4 grad threw 5th grade reading level the lexile is 680.the auther is gabrielle LORD Here's a quick summary at the beginning he is just a normal kid then a crazy guy comes up to him and tells him he is a danger so cal don't listen to him so the guy jumps on cal and then the ambulance came and go the guy off cal. Then cal gets taken to a house and gets interrogated for a map to the ormond sanctuary he dont know anythin ...more
Aidan
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kevin Lau
AUG 2018-2019 BOOK CLUB
Book 1/30: A Book by an Australian Female Author

I remember liking this series 8 years ago. Not loving it, but liking it. Now, in 2018, I regret to inform that my opinion has differed.

Conspiracy 365: January serves as a pilot for a two-dimensional YA thriller miniseries. Much like most two-dimensional YA stories, the teenagers are the smart ones who try to solve a mystery and all the adults are either evil geniuses or blubbering idiots. Add into the mix that the pacing is e
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Niko Ebert
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Gabrielle Craig Lord is an Australian writer who has been described as Australia's first lady of crime.

She survived being ‘razed’ by the nuns, acquired an education despite this, and after working in many different areas, sales, teaching, brick-cleaning, peach-picking and packing, and in the Public Service as an employment officer, started writing seriously aged 30.

Her first two manuscripts ended
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Conspiracy 365 (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • March (Conspiracy 365 #3)
  • April (Conspiracy 365, #4)
  • May (Conspiracy 365 #5)
  • June (Conspiracy 365 #6)
  • July (Conspiracy 365 #7)
  • August (Conspiracy 365, #8)
  • September (Conspiracy 365 #9)
  • October (Conspiracy 365 #10)
  • November (Conspiracy 365 #11)