The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo
Immortal Files #1
April 1, 2012- Thomas Nelson Publishers
Christian, Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy,
Source: Netgalley, Thomas Nelson
I was given a copy of this digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads:Immortals from the time of Moses roam the earth on a quest for justice . . . and heaven. One man stands in their way. In 1476 BC, the Israelites turned their backs on the One True God by worshipping a golden calf. For their transgression, forty were cursed to walk the earth forever. Banished from their people, they formed their own tribe, The 13th Tribe. Now, three and a half millennia later, the remnant of this Tribe continues to seek redemption through vigilante justice-goaded by dark forces in the spiritual realm. They are planning a bold strike modeled on the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan: the complete destruction of a major city-only now, they possess the horrific technology of modern weapons to ensure their success. Jagger Baird is a husband and father…and security guard of an archaeological dig at the base of Mount Siani. Jagger suddenly finds himself in a fight for the future as he discovers the Tribe’s plans. But to win this fight, he must overcome his own struggles with faith and self-worth – as well as his anger at God for a past tragedy.
This taut thriller by acclaimed novelist Robert Liparulo fuses tomorrow’s technology with faith and non-stop action for a supernatural suspense novel unlike any other.
If you have looked around my blog you may have found the list of authors that I trust to write engaging stories, Liparulo is on that list. So I have to say up front in full disclosure, this is a biased review. I am not sure I can be objective, but this is my opinion for what it’s worth. It all started with Deadlock and had continued since.
I was immediately intrigued by the premise of the story. Immortal beings who are not angels, who are out to do something really bad. Jagger is the character that I could relate to the most, the questioning of his faith but not enough to lose it. It is hard to deny something that you know to be true. But it doesn’t meant that you are automatically and will always be best friends. Jagger was strong, protective, compassionate and broken. He was trying to heal and trying to rebuild his faith.
While other stories may have the characters in search of immortality, the members of the 13th Tribe are trying to get their mortality back. Living forever is really not as great as it sounds. This was a nice twist in the story, but definitely not the only one. There was one part, a pretty big reveal, where I had to put the book down and catch my breath. I then had to go back and see if there were other clues that I had overlooked.
You are torn across the globe chasing the bad guys, learning the truth and all holding out that love and faith will win at the end of the day. .
The writing makes it possible to visualize the settings. The distinctive voices makes the characters come alive and pulls on your emotion so you go through the journey with them. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing about what’s going to happen.