Monday, October 1, 2012

The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

From the Back of the Book:

When a group of immortal vigilantes threatens millions, only one man is brave enough to stand in their way.

Their story didn’t start this year…or even this millennium.

It began when Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Tired of waiting on the One True God, the twelve tribes of Israel began worshipping a golden calf through pagan revelry. Many received immediate death for their idolatry, but 40 were handed a far worse punishment—endless life on earth with no chance to see the face of God.

This group of immortals became the 13th Tribe, and they’ve been trying to earn their way into heaven ever since—by killing sinners. Though their logic is twisted, their brilliance is undeniable. Their wrath is unstoppable. And the technology they possess is beyond anything mere humans have ever seen.

Jagger Baird knows nothing about the Tribe when he’s hired as head of security for an archaeological dig on Mt. Sinai. The former Army Ranger is still reeling from an accident that claimed the life of his best friend, his arm, and his faith in God.

The Tribe is poised to execute their most ambitious attack ever and the lives of millions hang in the balance. When Jagger’s wife and son are caught in the crossfire, he’ll stop at nothing to save them. But how can one man stand against an entire tribe of immortals?

My Thoughts:

I have to be honest with you: this is the kind of story I have to be in the mood for.  Adventure, a bit of sci-fi, and supernatural flavor all rolled into one wild ride.  That isn't a commentary on the quality of the book...more of how weird I am.  Having confessed that, let me now say...


You will be kicking yourself forever if you pass up the opportunity to experience "The 13th Tribe", one of the wildest, most detailed, most creative stories I think I've ever read.  I'm such a huge fan of Robert Liparulo's novels that when I was offered first dibs on reading the book, I jumped at the chance.

Then I sampled the first few chapters, found them enjoyable, then promptly lost the book in the massive 'to-be-read' piles that make up my bookshelf.  My son, another Liparulo fan, challenged me to read the book and share it with him (he's in HIS fantasy/sci-fi reading phase---a LOT like his mother!).

This time, when I picked it up...I couldn't put it down.  I was reading it on the way to church, sitting in the car until the last minute, flipping pages like crazy...reading until my eyes were crossed and I had to take a breather, then diving back in.  I had questions that drove me nuts...

...until Robert skillfully answered them for me and I said, "Oh, so THAT'S why!".  I thought I had things figured out, then he threw a fast curveball at me that left me breathless and wanting to call him on the phone and cry "I didn't see that one coming!  That was SO GOOD!"

And the characters...WOW, the characters!  I adore Tyler, and want to seriously hurt anyone who goes after him.  Jagger is a true hero, and his relationship with Beth, his wife, is gorgeous.  My heart broke for him as I read about the accident and the tragic loss he suffered.

As for Ben, Neveah (caught that one right off---clever, oh so clever!), Creed, Elias, Toby and company...people you love to hate, hate to love, and feel for....what a bunch!  They had me shivering from the moment we became acquainted, and I wouldn't turn my back on them for a second...exquisitely crafted crew of characters.

If you love adventure, you'll love "The 13th Tribe".  If you enjoy science fiction, you'll enjoy "The 13th Tribe".  If you get a charge out of stories about the supernatural, you'll get a charge out of "The 13th Tribe".  If you're like me and you enjoy all three....THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? 

Head to your bookstore, click over to Amazon, but GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK!  And then send me an email when you've finished, 'cause I have GOT to talk to someone who's read it...mind-blowing stuff, people!  The novel Robert Liparulo was BORN to write...I'm telling ya!

And yes, I did receive a copy from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review...and I honestly massively highly recommend "The 13th Tribe"...and I'm extremely jealous of those who have yet to read this one...oh, what a ride you're in for with this book!

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