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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.

Now, three and a half
Paperback, 416 pages
Published by Thomas Nelson (first published April 2nd 2012)
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Rachelle Sperling
Aug 07, 2012 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
Sheri Salatin
Mar 13, 2012 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
Răzvan Coloja
May 11, 2012 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
J.S. Bailey
Feb 20, 2012 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!
Jan 11, 2012 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
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Inventive story, a little hard to follow on audio because perspective kept changing.
Julie Witt
Sep 20, 2012 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
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
Nov 07, 2012 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
Reuben H.
Nov 22, 2011 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
Mar 21, 2012 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
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
Kara Jorges
Dec 31, 2012 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
Roberto Mattos
Dec 13, 2012 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
Alyxandra Sarik
Mar 10, 2012 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
Christie Hagerman
Mar 15, 2012 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
W. Lattimore
Sep 15, 2011 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
Apr 09, 2012 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
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
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
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.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
An exciting Biblically-themed page-turner! Great stuff!
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Cathrine Bonham
The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo is one of those books that hit the ground running and doesn't stop. (Though it could just be the short chapters.) Even when the characters are catching their breath, so much plot is happening.

Terrorists are plotting the biggest attack ever carried out on a populated area since Hiroshima.
The odds are good that they'll succeed. Until they tick off the wrong man.
The twist: These Terrorists are Hebrew and they can't die.

The 13th Tribe is a Biblical take on the Imm
Daphne Self
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasn't what I expected. There were a few things that didn't line up with the way I thought the story should have been. The instances of Immortals was a great premise and idea, but to have one of them as John, that was just going beyond what I expected of a Christian book. Plus the language usage was not what I expected in a Christian book. Although one instance of it taken out of context, but the use of the word in so many chapters really had me wanting to put the book down. Another thing, ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
3.5*? I feel bad not finishing this, but considering that I've read so many books this year and this has taken me a month... Life's too short for books you don't love. This book is good, not great. It feels like it's written as a movie pitch and not a craft of fiction, which is unfortunate. It maybe has too many characters as Jagger was the only one we got to know, but his son was the only one I cared about (even though I know some things he said would never be said by a kid). The biblical aspec ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Robbie Bowman
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I read this book! The way he talks about God’s grace, Jesus, and real life human issues towards God is wonderful. I am telling everyone to read this book. And the last 1/4 of the book is jam packed with so much awesome! I mean...even the last page had me freaking out.
Laurie Flood nuzzolilo
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!
David Pyle
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, creative, gospel-centered fiction by a master storyteller. Hard to put down!
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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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