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It’s time for another book review!

This time I had the opportunity to review “The 13th Tribe” by Robert Liparulo.

This book is set in modern time but yet the characters have been around for over 3500 years.  How is this possible?  They are immortal.  They have been since Moses went up the mountain to get the 10 commandments.  While Moses was up on Mt. Sinai the twelve tribes got tired of waiting and began worshiping a golden calf.  Many died immediately but forty of them were sentenced to endless life on earth with no chance of ever seeing the face of God.  They are called the 13th tribe.

These group of people have been trying to earn their way into heaven ever since.  They believe that the only way they can do it is by killing sinners.  They feel like God will honor them if they do this for him….not quite grasping the concept of grace…or that you can’t get into Heaven by your “good works”.  They are brilliant people who have done many things in history to get rid of “sinners”…and have a master plan in motion to get rid of huge amount…thus hoping to earn God’s great favour on them.

Insert the main character…Jagger.  He is a security guard on an archaeological dig near Mount Sinai.  He is to protect the land and the people that are there digging.  Little does he know that him and his family will be thrown into the plans of the 13th tribe…by accident…or is it?

This the first book that I have read by Robert Liparulo and honestly I was not a big fan.  I felt like added more detail than necessary, thus making the book much longer than it really needed to be.  I believe there an author can over describe…and feel this is was Liparulo has done in this case.

I felt like it took forever to get to a plot and then when it happened I felt like it was over with a snap of the fingers.  The rest of the story carried on…not very entertaining…or keeping me hooked until the very end.  The plot thickened, things were discovered that I think were supposed to be shocking but were not really, and then the book was over without explaining how some things ended.

All in all I think this was a very weak book.    I’m a huge Ted Dekker fan and was excited to read this book because he wrote a review on the back cover saying he recommended this.  Because of this, I thought this was going to be an excellent book, but it turned out to be a very disappointing read for me.  However, if you like books by Frank Peretti then you will probably like this book. Definitely not a book I will read again.  That being said, if I had a chance to read some of Robert Liparulo’s other books for free I may do so if recommended by a friend.

I give this book  3 out of 5 lollipops.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Let me just start by saying that I absolutely LOVED this book!  I was excited to get to review some Christian fiction this time around and couldn’t wait to delve into this book.

Audrey, a former pastor’s wife…now turned baker, finds that she has “special abilities” that let her feel other people’s hurts.  She knows when other people are hurting because she tends to hurt in the same way, whether physical or emotional.  At first this scared her but she soon embraced it and decided to use her new found job of the town baker to help these people out and encourage them through Christ’s love.

Audrey’s husband,  Geoff, was the pastor of the local church until a huge misconception (that wasn’t found out till later) made him lose his job and the people of the church banned him from ever becoming a pastor again.  Still hurting, Geoff and his family decided to stay in the town and start a bakery.

One very foggy morning as Audrey and her son, Ed, were driving into town to go start at the bakery they were in an accident.  They heard a  big crash and when they got out of their vehicle they saw a lot of blood.  A lot of blood, a very bent up scooter, and no body. Where could the  body be, who does it belong to, and why is this happening??

This is a great book that shows us how easily things can be misunderstood if you don’t go right to the source of the problem.  It shows us how believing others without talking to the person that the problem started with can cause a whole lifetime of hurt.

This is a book that you don’t want to miss out on!  Erin Healy is a wonderful author who has written many other great fiction…including some with Ted Dekker (Kiss)  This book will have you guessing until the end and you will not be disappointed!

Again, I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to anybody who loves Christian fiction!!!

I give this book 5 out of 5 suckers!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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