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The 13th Tribe (Immortal Files #1)

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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.

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published by Thomas Nelson (first published April 1st 2012)
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Rachelle Sperling
Aug 07, 2012 Rachelle Sperling rated it it was amazing
I'd seen the press releases for this book floating around for a while, but I wasn't really all that interested. It didn't sound like a genre I would really appreciate. I don't enjoy reading books that include focus on violence (war settings, murder mysteries, terrorism, etc.) Then I was given the opportunity to review this novel. By that time I'd heard quite a bit of positive buzz about the book so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad that I did.

Yes, this book contains violent imagery, but the w
J.S. Bailey
May 22, 2012 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing
One of the best novels I have read all year. The 13th Tribe is loaded with adrenaline, action, and heart--my personal "cup of tea." I look forward to reading more of Liparulo's work in the future!
Sheri Salatin
Apr 16, 2012 Sheri Salatin rated it really liked it
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May I first start this review off by asking, “How in the world does he come up with this stuff?”

To be able to take bits and pieces of history and weave them into a tale bigger than a single genre is absolutely amazing talent. Robert Liparulo does it again. If you have read and enjoyed any of his previous books, this one will not disappoint.

The 13th Tribe is referring to the 13th Tribe of Israel. They were pushed out after the incident
Apr 21, 2012 Ronie rated it it was amazing
The 13th Tribe is a brilliant portrayal of judgment and wrath in a cunning juxtaposition with grace and mercy. Liparulo’s latest had an incredible start, a thought-provoking heart and mind-bending twists at the end. The concept behind The 13th Tribe intrigued me but the execution made me envy Liparulo’s writing mastery. At first, I wasn’t sure how well I would like the strong presence of Scripture (I have seen those elements in other books overdone and poorly so), but it is so integral to every ...more
This was an interesting book. It took a while to get started. Or maybe to say for the momentum to pick up. It was not as fast-moving as the author's other books. Overall, though, I did enjoy the book. It had decent character development, I guess. It uses a 'plot device' I have seen used in other books/stories involving the Apostle John.

I do not know what else to say about this book. I think the back of the book sums it up the best: "Immortal Vigilantes from the Time of Moses" - what more needs
Roberto Mattos
Dec 13, 2012 Roberto Mattos rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book, with an amazing and simple plot. A group of people is condemned to eternal life on earth. As they cannot die, they cannot face God ever. This is their punishment for worshiping a golden calf when Moses was up on the Sinai mountain receiving God's tablets with the ten commandments. They are known as the 13th tribe. In order to try to get rid of this punishment and fall in the grace of God again, this group start killing sinners. Their actions are all over history, but ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 31, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
I love a good adventure story and the way they always take some obscure bit of history or mythology and weave it into a rip-roaring tale. I've often wondered if someone could write one with a Biblical basis that was just as good as any other adventure, without getting preachy. Robert Liparulo is that someone. The action in this book is gripping and nonstop, and the Biblical aspects are woven well into the story.

Jagger Baird isn't too thrilled with God since the accident that killed his partner's
Mar 31, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to TAMMY by: BOOKSNEEZE sounds like a good idea, like a gift, not a curse. But as the 13th Tribe can tell you, living for centuries is a punishment. The Tribe is made up of forty Israelites who participated in worshipping a golden calf while Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Denied entry to the Promised Land, they also do not have any hope of spending eternity in Heaven. They have the idea that they can earn their way back into God's good graces by killing sinners, an occupation which has kept them busy down th ...more
April Erwin
Nov 07, 2012 April Erwin rated it it was ok
I have so many conflicting thoughts about this book. Is it interesting, intriguing, well written and entertaining? Yes.

But... you knew that was coming right? There's a growing trend in the Christian Market to take Biblical stories and add a twist. They present it as Speculative Fiction. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Such as the recently reviewed book Wayward Son by Tom Pollack with Jim Alves and John Loftus where we read of Cain being cursed to live as an immortal and survives the
Alyxandra Sarik
Aug 28, 2013 Alyxandra Sarik rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading 13th Tribe. This past few months I have been having a very difficult time reading anything, including fiction (imagine that!). But thankfully, I got past that stage, and finally getting into the book, I found a ride worth taking! In my opinion, I thought the beginning was a little slow and hard to get into, but after that, I would have to say it was well worth it. It was thrilling, action-packed-at-the-edge-of-your-seat captivating, and thought-provoking. The characters ...more
Reuben H.
Dec 06, 2011 Reuben H. rated it it was amazing
You start out on your adventure with a feeling of... "What the heck?"

The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo is one of the most unique novels I have ever read. The beginning completely throws you off track and you have no idea what is going on. Slowly, as the book progresses, things become more and more clear, and the pieces come together. It's a very fun process.

"""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 t
Christie Hagerman
Mar 26, 2012 Christie Hagerman rated it it was amazing
These immortals don't play around. Thinking they must earn their way back to God's favor, they have been exacting justice on sinners for thousands of years. Is there a bit of us in their story? Do we try to buy God with what we qualify as good works, or are we willing to accept Christ's sacrifice as enough?

I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters introduced in the first few chapters, but the excitement of the story took off quickly and drew me in. The descriptive writing made me fee
Julie Witt
Oct 01, 2012 Julie Witt rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Title: The 13th Tribe (Immortal Files #1)
Author: Robert Liparulo
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley

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 f
W. Lattimore
Sep 15, 2011 W. Lattimore rated it it was amazing
Great Read from a "Different" Liparulo!

Last night I read the final 172 pages of Advance Reader's Copy of this novel.

To be honest, I thought that the book was going to be just another action novel with yet another group of supervillains. I was so very wrong.

This book deals with a raw emotion that runs at the core of so many people: Revenge. For others it's Justice. This novel will cause you to see and feel the tortured intersection of the two viewpoints.

The conflict between good and evil isn't as
Răzvan Coloja
May 14, 2012 Răzvan Coloja rated it did not like it
This was one of the most boring books I have ever read. I simply can't understand the reviews and the ratings it got. The text is not only full of cliches but also laughable from the action's point of view. This book is so bad that if they were to make a movie about it, it wouldn't even make it to imdb. The characters are stereotypical: the mother is the classical mother that loves her child more than anything and her husband is everything to her. The child is the typical child, naive and curiou ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Janna rated it it was amazing
I am always looking forward to seeing what Robert Liparulo will come up with next, I have read almost every book he has written and his Dreamhouse Kings series is absolutely amazing. This book does not disappoint me at all! A Biblical fiction type scenario that is brought into the present and is then racked with espionage, danger, assassins and mystery. Oh, and I can't even begin to hint at the twists and turns in it - no way - you have to experience them yourself! If you like speculative fictio ...more
Dave Milbrandt
Sep 28, 2014 Dave Milbrandt rated it really liked it
I liked this story and I wasn't sure I would. The premise is a bit fantastic to say the least, but I think the author delivers. There were some plot twists with the protagonist that seemed to be a bit of a stretch, but if you accept the premise, the rest of the story works out well enough.
Wow! Really interesting book and so well written. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen-the rules changed.I love the name Jagger--I was actually going to name my first daughter Jagger after Mick. I love the twist about him towards the end. I think I have a new favorite author, and can't wait to read his other books.
Dylan Rule
Nov 12, 2012 Dylan Rule rated it it was amazing
The best I've read from Robert Liparulo! Great storyline based on Scripture with incredible plot twists and a though-provoking ending that will make you question what you thought you knew! A definite must-read!
Mr Bill
Jun 06, 2015 Mr Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
The 13th Tribe was an different type of story than I am used to reading, but it was very interesting. The premise of a 13th tribe made of those who built the golden calf and worshipping it while Moses was on the mountain receiving the ten commandments is really phenomenal. The story was not without its surprises as well even though the reader might not expect any with what would appear as a pretty clear cut deliniation of good and evil.

I chose the media of MP3CD to absorb this story. Even thoug
Oct 20, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it
Again I say, I am not a fan of Christian fiction, but this one had me riveted from the first page! I loved the back story from deep in the Old Testament, along with fictional accounts of the people who were at the bottom of Mt. Sinai when Moses was on the mountain obtaining the ten commandments from God; their fear, rebellion and ultimate punishment. I loved the depth of the characters. We knew what made them tick, what their passions had grown to be, and could very easily picture them from the ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it
A very good "what if" story with accurate biblical and historical references. The author tells an interesting story and mixes in the right amount of action and suspense to keep the reader wanting to know what's going to happen next.


I guessed that Owen was immortal, but I was completely thrown for a loop when Jagger turned out to be immortal too. I had to reread the section a couple of times to make sure I was understanding it correctly.

I also was surprised at the ending where
Steve Gilbert
Aug 11, 2014 Steve Gilbert rated it really liked it
I read this book right after reading One Way Love which talked about the grace of God. The 13th Tribe was a good illustration of some of the principles taught in One Way Love. The 13th tribe is a group of 40 who are cursed to living a life of immortality because of a sin they committed 3500 years ago. They struggle trying to figure out how to please God and end the curse, not really understanding the God they are trying to impress. The story is fast paced and a very interesting read. It's unusua ...more
Trinity Rose
Feb 05, 2015 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really love this book, The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo. It’s a fiction suspense type of book.
It tells a story starting with Moses and Mt. Sinai and how the Israelites grew tried of waiting for Moses and how they started worshipping the golden calf. The 13th Tribe is a group of Israelites who were punished with immortal life. They could never die and never go to rest in Heaven. They thought their plot in life was to end all evil, by killing sinners and earning their entrance into He
May 08, 2012 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I heard that Robert Liparulo was writing The 13th Tribe, I waited with breathless anticipation until the day I heard I could get the book! Having been a fan of his work for many years I wondered what deliciousness he would dish out next. As it turned out, this dish had a little different flavor and I was not to be disappointed.

As I am used to from this author, this book began with a bang and took off from there. It was action packed with lots of twists and turns but this time there was a su
Karie Hall
Mar 27, 2012 Karie Hall rated it really liked it
The 13th Tribe
Robert Liparulo

Of the 12 tribes of Israel that turned to worship a golden calf while Moses was on Mt. Sinai, 40 men have been cursed to walk the earth for all time. Desperate to prove themselves worthy of forgiveness, they have traveled across time with one intent: kill sinners and gain entry into heaven. Now Jagger Baird, a former Army Ranger who is now head of security for an archaeological dig on Sinai, must face this band of twisted immortals before it is too late.

So It b
Victor Gentile
Jun 22, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Robert Liparulo in his new book, “The 13th Tribe” Book One in The Immortal Files series published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Jagger Baird.

From the back cover: Immortal vigilantes from the time of Moses have planned the unthinkable. But how can you stop what you cannot see?

The battle 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. Man
Apr 22, 2012 Birgit rated it liked it
Drawing a unique picture of the events that transpired when Moses received the Ten Commandments from God, Robert Liparulo's novel The 13th Tribe presents a thrilling premise which merges biblical history with modern technology.
Jagger, still recovering from an accident which left him with an artificial arm, is suddenly thrown into the fight of Immortals, the 13th Tribe, who are trying to appease God by punishing sinners, thus trying to earn forgiveness and consequently mortality again.
Of course a
When I reserved this book from our library’s ebook selections, I had no idea it was Christian fiction because the description didn’t mention it, not that it matters. I will read anything if it sounds interesting enough to me, which this did. This story is built on the premise that some of the Israelites who were cursed to wander the desert (The Exodus) became immortal. Over the years, a certain faction has done increasingly terroristic things to prove their love to God, choosing to focus on God’ ...more
Jill Williamson
Mar 13, 2012 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Review by Jill Williamson

Nevaeh is a member of the 13th tribe, a group of immortal vigilantes who’ve been trying to earn their way to heaven by killing sinners. When one of their number decides to leave, and take with him a vital tool for their next mission, Nevaeh goes after him, and she doesn’t care who gets in her way.

Jagger has had his share of pain in life. He lost his arm in an accident that also took his daughter, his best friend, and his faith in God. But when his wife and son stumble in
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Robert Liparulo's novels, Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall Deadlock, The 13th Tribe, and The Judgment Stone,have received rave reviews. His short story "Kill Zone" is included in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson. He is also the author of the best-selling young adult series DREAMHOUSE KINGS: House of Dark Shadows, Watcher in the Woods, Gatekeepers, Timescape, Whirlwind, and Frenzy. ...more
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