Saturday, October 26, 2013

The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

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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, but 40 were handed a far worse punishment—endless life on earth with no chance to see the face of God.

This group of immortals became the 13th Tribe, and they’ve been trying to earn their way into heaven ever since—by killing sinners. Though their logic is twisted, their brilliance is undeniable. Their wrath is unstoppable. And the technology they possess is beyond anything mere humans have ever seen.

Jagger Baird knows nothing about the Tribe when he’s hired as head of security for an archaeological dig on Mt. Sinai. The former Army Ranger is still reeling from an accident that claimed the life of his best friend, his arm, and his faith in God.

The Tribe is poised to execute their most ambitious attack ever and the lives of millions hang in the balance. When Jagger’s wife and son are caught in the crossfire, he’ll stop at nothing to save them. But how can one man stand against an entire tribe of immortals?

Series: An Immortal Files Novel (Book 1)
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2012)
Page Count: 416

What I liked: I have mixed feelings about this book. The characters are very deep. They go to Paris (I've been to Paris so I'm partial to that. ;) ). There's a lot of gritty action and cool weapons particularly this sword from India I may use in my books somewhere.

The concept about immortal people dating back to Sinai is very interesting hence why I picked this book out when I won a giveaway from the author. You can tell this author did his research and was very passionate about this story. There's a lot of neat theological aspects about how we can't earn salvation, we just need to believe and accept that Jesus saved us. So there's a great message and a lot of cool stuff.

BUT ...

What I didn't like: There were so many writing errors! As a writer this drove me nuts. I kept having to mentally correct them in my head to keep going. He wrote in passive which is a big no-no and kept adding in unnecessary phrases such as "Jagger saw", "Jagger heard", "Jagger felt" and more.

Basically committing a bunch of writing faux pas I've been taught against by other professionals for years. I even wrote a post about these errors. So though it had all these awesome elements that really distracted me. The book has gotten a lot of praise, but it's really hard for me to get past these petty mistakes. 

Content Cautions: There was some significant gore in this book so watch out if you're a younger reader though the story does go into the point of view of younger characters so it can be enjoyed by younger or older readers I believe.

I'm iffy for the rating of this book. I give a three and half to a four. I'm very conflicted and tentative of reading the next one unfortunately. :/

About the Author: 
I've been writing since before I could drive. Short stories, investigative exposes, celebrity profiles, editorials, business columns, radio dramas, screenplays--you name it. For the last few years, I've focused on novels. I'm the author of the thrillers "Comes a Horseman," "Germ," "Deadfall," "Deadlock," "The 13th Tribe," and the young adult series Dreamhouse Kings--"House of Dark Shadows," "Watcher in the Woods," "Gatekeepers," "Timescape," "Whirlwind," and "Frenzy."

Several of my books have been sold or optioned by Hollywood producers. All of them are in various stages of production. I'm also working on an original screenplay with Andrew Davis (director of "The Fugitive" and "The Guardian). I wrote the screenplay for Ted Dekker's "Blessed Child." My short story "Kill Zone" appears in the James Patterson-edited anthology "Thriller," and my essay on Thomas Perry's "The Butcher's Boy" can be found in the anthology "Thriller: 100 Must Reads."

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