Friday, April 6, 2012

The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The 13th Tribe
Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2012)
Robert Liparulo


Best-selling novelist Robert Liparulo is a former journalist, with over a thousand articles and multiple writing awards to his name. His first three critically acclaimed thrillers—Comes a Horseman, Germ, and Deadfall—were optioned by Hollywood producers, as well as his Dreamhouse Kings series for young adults. Bestselling author Ted Dekker calls The 13th Tribe, released in April 2012, “a phenomenal story.” Liparulo is currently working with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) on the novel and screenplay of a political thriller. New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry calls Liparulo’s writing “Inventive, suspenseful, and highly entertaining . . . Robert Liparulo is a storyteller, pure and simple.” Liparulo lives in Colorado with his family.

Visit Robert Liparulo's Facebook Fan page:, or at Twitter @robertliparulo.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The 13th Tribe, go HERE.

My review:In my opinion, this is Liparulo's best book so far, though I loved his Dream House King books.

This is also his most Christian book. The plot is unique and based on something that happened in the Bible: A group of people cursed with immortality at Mt Sinai in Moses' time. The way the book is written, though you see their actions as wrong and misguided, you also sysympathize with them.

I loved the characters in the book. The 13th Tribe is full of unique and different personalities, and then there is Jagger, the hero of the story. He is a man struggling with God because of what has happened to him in the past, and is bent on doing the right thing, even if it means risking his life.

There is a lot of action in the book, and a few surprises. One that concerns the hero of the story is something I didn't see coming.

I labeled this book a "read-in-one-sitting" book, and it was for me. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. So I didn't. It was an excellent story, both in plot and plot and in the writing. I am hoping this is the start of a series.

I had one issue with the book. In one instance, a character tells another one to "go to (hot place)". I don't like to see or hear that anywhere, and especially in a Christian book. Other than that..... awesome book. Loved it.


Robert Liparulo said...

Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you liked the story.

I appreciate your heart for people and your feeling about the phrase you mentioned as having bothered you. While I see it as merely an expression uttered by a grieving, frustrated, angry father, and words that do not have the power to invoke a genuine curse on anyone, I see how it can be quite offensive.

I have submitted a revision to that line, making Jagger's response more of an innocuous grumble than a curse.His feelings still come through, and readers won't be offended. It should be reflected in the next printing.