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The 13th Tribe (Immortal Files #1)

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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,
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Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Rachelle Sperling
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
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Sheri Salatin
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Posted on my Blog at http://www.sherisalatin.com/2012/04/1...

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
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J.S. Bailey
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Răzvan Coloja
May 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ronie
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Witt
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
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Maria Stancheva
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Скучна, лошо написана книга с до болка експлоатиран сюжет. На тази тематика препоръчвам "Тайната на тринадесетия апостол" от Мишел Беноа.
April Erwin
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
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Reuben H.
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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TAMMY CUEVAS
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to TAMMY by: BOOKSNEEZE
Immortality....it 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
Neil
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
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Kara Jorges
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Roberto Mattos
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyxandra Sarik
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christie Hagerman
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
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W. Franklin Lattimore
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
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Janna
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rhonda
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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dave Milbrandt
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jason
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with Liparulo's writing was Comes a Horseman, a well-paced, well-written, intriguing religious-historical mystery I really enjoyed. So my hopes were high for The 13th Tribe.

I'm sorry to say that my expectations weren't met. Though the basic concept of the book is a worthy literary idea—that those Israelites who worshipped the golden calf were cursed with a superlong existence on Earth, and are attempting the impossible feat of earning God's favor—the pace is much too slow in m
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Gerald
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF! I stopped at 30% of the book. Please note that my rating is not fair. I rated it two stars because the plot is too slow for me. I rather have a story that unfolds very fast than a sluggish one. I eagerly waited for the saga to pick up momentum and hook me but it didn't. It was becoming a toil to pick up the book and read. At that point, I had to do myself a favor and stop.
In all fairness to the author, the writing style is very witty and I laughed a couple of times. He is very stylish with
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Tiara
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
Victor Gentile
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

Now, three and a half millennia later, the remnant of this Tribe continues to seek redemption through vigilante justice-goaded by dark forces in t
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Lisa Johnson
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: The 13th Tribe (An Immortals Files Novel)
Author: Robert Liparulo
Pages: 416
Year: 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Riveting! A page turner with quite an adrenaline rush! I bought this last year because the title caught my attention, though I had no idea what the novel was about. By the front cover, I thought maybe it would be something akin to science fiction or like a Frank Peretti novel. What I didn’t expect was a tale that has so many elements of different genres I wonder how the cataloging
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
When Moses went to the top of Mt. Sinai to receive the 10 commandments from God, he left the Israelites behind with Aaron. After some time the people began to complain that it was taking too long and perhaps Moses wasn't coming back after all. They convinced Aaron to make them a golden idol to worship and Aaron complied. The men, women and children began to worship the golden calf that Aaron had created and when Moses returned, the Bible states he was furious and broke the tablets in anger.

When
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Kathleen Edwards
At the foot of Mount Sinai the children of Israel made a big mistake. It’s true Moses had been gone 40 days after he headed up the mountain of God, but an all out rebellion culminating in the unbridled worship of a golden calf was unforgiveable. God’s justice was swift, and according to the newest novel by author Robert Liparulo, it resulted in the creation of a “13th Tribe,” a band of immortals banished from the presence of God for their sin at Sinai. Living throughout the millenniums, they for ...more
Sandy
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following a horrendous car accident involving a drunk driver that killed Jagger Baird's best friend and entire family, and caused Jagger to lose his left arm, he has taken a job as head of security at an archeological dig at Mt. Sinai. Jagger is bitter over the accident and has lost his faith in God. It is here that Jagger comes into contact with a group of vigilantes/terrorists known as the Tribe, a group he later learns are immortals, cursed by God to never die in punishment for their involvem ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiction fans, Christian Fiction fans, YA, Adults
The 13th Tribe
The Immortal Files
by Robert Liparulo


Since the time of the Ten Commandments and Israel's betrayal of God at Mt. Sinai a group of immortals has walked the earth. Taken from the twelve tribes this group of 40 were punished with immortality. They became known as Israel's 13th Tribe. Forbidden from entering the Land of Promise they are forever seeking to earn God's forgiveness and entry into Heaven, even if they have to kill every sinner that walks the planet to atone for their sins.

Jag
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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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