April 22, 2012

Review - The 13th Tribe (Robert Liparulo)

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.

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 an intriguing plot isn't enough to make a novel stand out. On one hand the whole story is quite absorbing, on the other suspense isn't building all that much which I blame on the narration not being as fast-paced as it would have deserved. The characters had lots of potential, yet were a bit two-dimensional apart from the main character Jagger. Add that I could see the twist towards the end of the book a mile away and I wasn't all that happy about the route the author was taking with it. On the bright side, I loved the revelation on the last page, admittedly making me curious about the sequel of the Immortal Files series.
Last but not least, I want to point out that this is indeed Christian fiction, yet in no way a preachy novel, though Belief and God obviously do play an important role in the book.
In short: If you have a soft spot for religious-themed thrillers, give it a go!

3/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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