Review: The 13th Tribe – Robert Liparulo

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595541691
ISBN-13: 978-1595541697
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Neveah – A member of the lost tribe.
Jagger Baird – Head of Security for an Arhaeological Excavation.


A group of people representing the 13th lost tribe of Israel is set on a plot of terror. Jagger Baird is pulled into this plot, and he must stop them before millions of innocents die.


I really enjoyed the political and the religious settings for this book. When the author addressed the biblical aspects within the context of the story, for example, when a character was having a religious debate, I found it very interesting. At other times such as the archaeologist Leo and Jagger’s wife, their religious views seem to come out of nowhere, and feel a little heavy handed or preachy.

When the author avoids this heavy handedness, it’s a really tight, religious drama based on biblical history and is a very fascinating storyline. However for some readers, I feel the push of too much religion may go over the top and be a turn off for them.

There is some strong adult events and violent imagery, so it’s not geared towards the younger reader. Definitely for older teens and adults. As a political thriller, I think it was well done. As a religious thriller, I think it may appeal more to the more fundamentalist readers, while the more moderate ones may find some of the rhetoric over the top.

Bottom line, if you want an interesting thriller taken from biblical history, then you might possibly enjoy this. Pick it up and give it a shot. I know I’d definitely give any followups a read.
About the Author

Best-selling novelist Robert Liparulo is a former journalist, with over a thousand articles and multiple writing awards to his name. His first two critically acclaimed thrillers—Comes a Horseman and Germ—were optioned by Hollywood producers.

Bestselling author Michael Palmer calls Deadfall, released in November, 2007, “a brilliantly crafted thriller.” Liparulo’s young adult series, Dreamhouse Kings, debuted in May 2008, with House of Dark Shadows and Watcher in the Woods.

He is currently working with director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) on the novel and screenplay of a political thriller. New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry calls Liparulo’s writing “Inventive, suspenseful, and highly entertaining . . . Robert Liparulo is a storyteller, pure and simple.” Liparulo lives in Colorado with his family.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Booksneeze at Thomas Nelson for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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