The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

Robert Liparulo’s The 13th Tribe is a fabulous read! The premise is that when Moses was with God on Mt. Sinai and the people of Israel got impatient and rebelled by worshipping the golden calf (Exodus 32), some of those who engaged in the pagan revelry were punished by being eternally separated from God . . . they became immortal. Over the millennia, the 13th Tribe has convinced themselves that in order to win favor with God, they must be the hands of God and rid the world of unpunished sinners. When Jagger Baird’s son gets caught in the Tribe’s crossfire, Jagger finds himself fighting to stop the Tribe and save his family before it is too late for them all.
A super exciting book! I couldn’t put it down, wanted to find out what was going to happen to Jagger, his family, and the Tribe next. The idea was unique, well thought out, and deftly crafted. The characters had been given eternal life (though they remained separated from God) and the opportunity to gain knowledge throughout their existence (even being with and learning from Jesus!), yet they managed to twist the words of God to delude themselves into believing that they had to earn their salvation. I was on the edge of my seat wondering if the members of the Tribe would finally understand that they can never do enough to earn salvation, and that killing people, instead of leading them to Christ, would never be pleasing to God. This is the first adult novel that I’ve read from Robert Liparulo (I thoroughly enjoyed the Dream House Kings series for young adults and recommend it, as well) and it certainly won’t be the last! Wonderfully done with unexpected twists to keep you reading! Loved it!!
I received a free copy of this book from the BookSneeze Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my very own!


One thought on “The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

  1. Sounds like an interesting premise – I'm drawn to the premise of the calf worshippers being immortal. Makes me want to dig out my Bible and read Exodus 32 again. I hope you have a blessed week. Thanks for sharing.


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